Sep 22 2009
Well today is the start of week 9 post op. Things have moved a lot faster than I would have imagined. I never would have thought that I would be walking without the boot and crutches this fast. I feel I’m doing pretty well. I have a bit of a limp which is totally understandable. My AT actually feels pretty good. I don’t really have any pain, if I feel anything from that area it’s a tad bit of tightness here and there while walking. I’ve been doing my normal exercises and also walking around my neighborhood with my shoes on. When I first put on my shoes I could definitely tell my ankle was weak. I barely made it half way around my block before I had to turn back. I could tell my muscles in my leg needed more work. Since that first day I have been able to go all day with my shoes on and now I can walk a few blocks with no problems. I can still tell I have work to do on my leg muscles. Everyday my leg on my injured side feels like it had an amazing work out. The muscles are sore and a little tight feeling. I remember that feeling all too well from the days where I use to work out pretty regularly. I can tell my limp is probably due to over compensating for my weak calf muscle. Obviously, that will change in time.
Here’s where my real concern is. I’m starting to get really concerned with my therapist at PT. Seems like she is NEVER around. With how rapidly my status changes I’ve never had 2 visits be the same. Today was the first session of week # 4 of PT. I’ve been schedules 2X a week since my first visit. Like I said, with how fast everything has changed I’ve never done the same things two visits in a row. Without my therapist there I have no idea what to do. I always start out my visit with some bike riding. I’m away from the recumbant bike and now on a normal exercise bike for 15 minutes. During the time I get on the bike to when I’m done my therapist always disappears. Before today I would just keep riding for the extra time until she showed up. Sometimes that was 20 + minutes. Today I just got off and stood there. There is another therapist that I have only worked with twice there and she came over to help me. She’s always with her people and always helps out the other therapist’s patients when my therapist isn’t around. Seems like my therapist is too busy in back on the phone, talking to a co worker or acting like managment. I hate to rock the boat but I feel like my progress is getting hindered by this.
Today was my first visit in 2 shoes so after the bike i wasn’t sure what to do. So while standing there after my bike ride, the nice therapist came over. I basically told her I didn’t know what to do and she led me to the parallel bars to try some new exercises. I really want to ge the most out of my time there and would actually prefer to go 3X a week. I do each exercises with perfect precision. I don’t rush anything. I go slow and as controlled as possible with each rep and when my normal therapist isn’t around I do extra sets. Eventually, my therapist comes over and acts like nothing is going on. As if all the other therapists that are covering for her are HER workers and that is their jobs. I don’t want to make waves so I just ask her what I’m suppose to do next. Eventually, between the 2 therapists I get through my visit. If I ever had 2 visits exactly the same I would have no problem taking the lead and just doing my own routine. That has never been the case. I’m starting to wonder if I should just can my current therapist and go to the other woman. I don’t want to cause hard feelings but it is my own body. I’m scheduled for the next 2 weeks with the therapist I’m not too thrilled with. I was wondering if I should just play it off for the next 2 weeks and then when I get rescheduled for another chunk of time in the future to ask for the other therapist. Should I confront her and tell her that I have been less than thrilled with her performance. Or should I talk to someone higher up and see if they can help me.
I’m definitely not one to complain, but my focus is to get better and hopefully get back to work in the not so distant future. I don’t have a problem with my therapist personally. I just want what’s best for my recovery. I’m not sure, I was just curious about if anyone else had this issue or any advice. I hope to hear from some of you.