Friday was my 16th PT session and nothing new was introduced. I did find out what I am doing as far as weight equivalent on the single leg, leg press: 170 lbs. and the single leg calf raise: 50 lbs. In looking back at my blog entries, I noticed that I did mention the side-stepping exercise. Sometime after the 11th session, my therapist decided that was too easy. He took a red Thera- Band and tied the 2 ends together to form a loop He then had me put my ankles through the loop and side-step down the length of a 100 ft. hall way and come back. This is usually my last exercise of the session and by the time I make it down the hall, I’m never sure I will be able to make it back.
I made it past another milestone today. I decided to try taking a walk outside in 2 shoes. My goal was to make a half block and come back. When I got to the half block point, I figured I could go for a whole block. I made it to the end, turned around and most importantly, I made it back! Whoopie! While my walking form was pretty good starting out, I have to admit it got a little sloppy at the end. It seems so hard to believe that before the ATR I could walk miles with no trouble but now even a quarter mile (400 meters for my brothers and sisters on the metric system) is a challenge. Still it’s a quarter mile more than I was doing 15 weeks ago.