January, 2010 Archive

Jan 11

So this morning I finally attended my first physio “session” (will justify inverted commas later) that was “arranged” (these inverted commas are sarcastic and suggest that it was me chasing to get it arranged and not the NHS!) by the NHS.

Just a shade under four weeks have gone by since the boot was removed and I have got quite a decent range of motion back, nearly there. Today I was expecting pulling, massaging and challenging myself. Didnt really happen.

It was brief, she asked if I had any physio, I told her I had one private session, she was impressed with ROM and progress. As a result I was far down her checklist, further than she expected me to be. I think thats age on my side (I’m 24). I was asked to walk, do some heel raises, continue heel raises at home…….that was it. Build strength. See you next week…ok. She did mention an ankle class which she will put me on, sounds interesting.

I went straight to the gym, got on the bike for 30 mins to make up for lack of challenge! Maybe its protocol to start slow and to be totally honest after doing my sets of heel raises there is a new aching sensation which I needed to ice! Ive also booked in a private session as he was more keen on massage and actual treatment.

So until the next NHS physio I will continue heel raises and build that strength up because you really feel that lack of calf muscle! I also have a private session and will get myself to the pool for some swimming!!

Jan 08

So I have been FWB 2 shoes for 3.5 weeks, and much has happened. Walking of course being the main one!  The limp has improved and my range of motion is much better through just the excercises I was given to do at home. I have my first NHS physio on Monday and am really looking forward to pushing it a little more. The foot still takes some management, exercises, massage, elevate, ice massage etc but it all helps.

I decided to drive around the 13 week mark, just close distances, dont feel comfortable doing the 1 hour commute to the office just yet and will wait for the physio to clear me before I tackle that one. Its easier to drive than walk surprisingly! Its just fantastic to get that freedom back, brings back so much normality and independance.

One of the first places I drove myself…the gym. Straight on the bike, lets see what I can do. Its not too bad, the tendon pulls a tiny bit and I stop if it becomes uncomfortable, which it hasnt really. So for a week and half or so I have been at the gym most days, 20 mins on the bike everytime, wow its….sweat!! How I missed the burn!! I have realised however that the bike is painfully slow at burning any calories. Back on the weight training fairly comfortably, again great to have aching muscles.

A friend drove me to the office, my first day back (I have been working from home) was low in productivity but great to catch up with everyone!

All in all, Im starting to feel “normal” again. Certainly more positive and looking forward to the challenge of physio. Im so thankful to be over those earlier “why me!?” days.

Good luck in your recoveries!

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