A minor epiphany

So, as I was cleaning up after one of my boys vomited in the bathroom (fortunately on tile), I had a minor epiphany.  I now understand why professional athletes seem to heal faster than the rest of us:

Their bodies are their livelihood.

They already (I’m making some assumptions here) have their days structured around whatever physical activity it is that they do, so when they are recovering from injury, they just use that time for rehab.  And they’re younger than we are.

Our bodies are our escape from the rest of our world.

We have an average age of  37.5 years old.  That means that we’re likely married and have children.  We are either working hard to establish or maintain our careers.  Yeah, we had time carved out for our exercise/playing, but how many of us had that time available every day.

I was able to get to PT on Monday and did 15 glorious minutes on the elliptical.  I hadn’t been that tired in almost 3 months and it felt great.  I worked hard enough to mildly trigger my exercise-induced asthma!  Guess I’ll need to prophylax before tomorrows session.  But yesterday evening was daughter’s orchestra concert.  Today was 2 sons’ band concert.  Add in helping w/homework, trying to figure out a birthday present for my wife (birthday is this Sunday - I fear the boat has already sailed for getting something substantial in time), and all the other things that go w/being a husband and father and I’m hard-pressed to find the time just to do the home exercises once a day, let alone twice.  Especially given that I’ve been back to work full-time since week 3.

So, I’ve resolved not to be type-A about my recovery or to beat myself up for not doing everything that I’m told.  And, given that I can’t keep a twice daily exercise schedule, I’m not going to go all out with each new bit added to my rehab regimen.  I’ll just keep telling myself to look at the long view - recovery isn’t a race.

Cheers, Ron

5 Responses to “A minor epiphany”

  1. “Recovery isn’t a race”………….I couldn’t possibly agree more with that statement. It’s understood we all heal at our own pace, however, with an injury of this magnitude, and with years and years ahead of us, taking several months, or longer, to completely heal is the best route to take. With that stated, I’m perfectly OK that my surgeon is a bit conservative in his approach. Happy to hear all is well your way and you’re pressing forward with your recovery. Best wishes to you and yours over this holiday season. Ciao, Stroh

  2. Ron:
    A little off topic but I must share… my oldest is home from his first year of college and he’s been playing a fair amount of ultimate at school. He said he loves watching the senior league (” It’s like guys over 40. Don’t be offended Mom. Not that that’s old. It’s just that it’s ultimate.”) He said the skill of play and precision of throws is impressive and really fun to watch.

  3. Once every other week or so, the old man (me) would get a score when someone much younger was guarding me. My favorite ploy was to get them thinking that I wasn’t very fast and then just kind of drift away - invariably, someone 20 yrs younger than me would let me get wide open. Very satisfying!

  4. You gotta love schooling the youngsters!

  5. Recovery is not a race, but your health is important. We tend to do way too much for our children and put ourselves last on the priorities. However your recovery is important, your children need to see you happy and healthy and enjoying yourself.
    Regaining the strength of your leg is going to take a lot of time. Indeed athletes recover well as they get the best medical care and can spend 8 hours a day working on it. The PT recommend an amazing amount of exercise - I wonder if they ever calculate how much time that would take indeed - but we have to try do the most. I have been working out every day for 3 months now. I can walk without a limp but my calf strength is less than 50 %. Very frustrating. But I want to get back to normal.

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