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10 Weeks Non-op, the Urine Pool is My Friend

I haven’t been posting much these days mostly because I’m recovering nicely and I have nothing out of the ordinary to report. I think my blog was much more entertaining when I was a pathetic ‘bride to be’ struggling to get through a wedding and life in general. But I remind myself that sharing my [...]

I haven’t been posting much these days mostly because I’m recovering nicely and I have nothing out of the ordinary to report. I think my blog was much more entertaining when I was a pathetic ‘bride to be’ struggling to get through a wedding and life in general. But I remind myself that sharing my progress will help current and future ATR recovery friends.┬áSo here it goes.

Physio has been interesting. It’s more of a counselling session that physiotherapy. My PT talked for 90 minutes the first time and the entire 30 minutes the second time. I like him and I do find it all very interesting. We chatted a lot about how Calgary seems to be leading the way with the non-0p recovery - how the Calgary Flames doctor is championing this route (they’re not winning any Stanley Cups these days - I guess the poor doc needs something to champion) My PT also talks a lot about how the brain is functioning through all this which is something I haven’t considered. He gives me some exercises, measures my progress and sends me on my way. I feel a little ripped off - where’s my foot rub?

I’m amazed at how much range, within millimetres, he knew I would gain in a week. He marked his estimate the week previous, and sure enough that’s where my knee lined up. Like my orthopedic surgeon, this guy seems to know what he’s talking about - go figure. (FYI - my knee is about 3cm from the wall).

I started back with my personal trainers. We biked for 20 minutes then did some upper body. At first it was weird to be back, but felt so good by the end. I’m lucky that my swelling is minimal and I’m pretty much back into running shoes.

I go to the pool every night to do some walking and a bit of flutter board kicking. There’s a shallow kiddie pool that is great for therapy. I joke that it’s the Urine Pool by day and a warm Rehabilitation Pool by night. Hopefully I can graduate to the adult lane pool next week and start doing some laps.

I’ve feel like I’ve made significant gains during the past three and a half weeks while in two shoes. What started as a shuffle, quickly became a walk (with the injured leg always forward) and has turned into a full stride with a slight limp. I’m trying to go down stairs - I admit it’s kind of a side step but better than one step at a time.

Looks like lots of good news and progress on the blog lately - happy healing everyone.

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Sounds good BB. Basically back to a normal routine. Can’t wait until Im in your shoes, or back in my shoes :)

1 kkirk December 07, 2012 7:56 pm

You mention the pools, but you don’t mention using them for hydrotherapy — to do exercises that you couldn’t do “dry”. E.g., I assume a 1-leg heel raise on a floor would be way too scary now, but in reasonably deep water, it would be a piece of cake. By adjusting the depth, you can vary the weight of this and other calf-and-AT exercises, to get a reasonable but still-safe “stretch”.

I never did it myself, but it makes perfect sense to me as physical and psychological therapy, and many here have raved about how good it felt.

P.S. I think you WERE ripped off by your PT, brilliant or not! It’s a “hands on” profession, in my books!

2 normofthenorth December 08, 2012 3:12 am

I agree with Norm on both points.

1. I can’t wait to start my hydrotherapy. I was doing some hydrotherapy to manage my injury before surgery (Because of the extremely long delay from injury to surgery). It was a great feeling to walk and jog on the treadmill normally without assistance with a cane or crutch. And I could do calf stretches and heel raises that I could do on dry land. It was a wonderful experience and I hope to start hydrotherapy after my next doctor’s appointment

2. PT definitely needs to be a hands on experience. Although, it should also have an education/training element to it.

3 kkirk December 08, 2012 11:24 am

Yes, I’ve been doing some hydrotherapy but the one leg raise is definitely not a piece of cake for me. At first I thought I could do it, but quickly realized my hands gripping the edge were doing most of the work. Of all the exercises, the one heel raise is going to be the toughest.

4 brokenbride December 13, 2012 11:46 pm

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