More progress

At PT on Wednesday, I told my therapist about my outdoor walk/jog.  I was somewhat relieved that his reply was, “good for you”.  He gave me to OK to do more than just the treadmill, but said that he’d prefer that I stick to level surfaces that weren’t too hard.  I guess that meant to [...]

Getting frisky…

So, today I went out to the spot that I mentioned during my last post.  I got a fancy altimeter watch for my birthday and I wanted to calibrate it to a known altitude (and then hurry home and see what it said the altitude of my front porch was).  Knowing that it was about [...]

22 weeks

So, here in Colorado we tend to pay attention to altitude more than most other places do.  The signs that announce when you’ve entered a new city/town list elevation rather than population.  The highest place in my town is called Highlands Point.  It is about 3 miles from my house, nearly all uphill.  Plug 39.511645,-104.95629 [...]

Happy Birthday to me…

…I’m a hundred and three…
OK, really only 45% of that.
Had another PT session on Thursday and was allowed to do some jogging on the treadmill for the first time.  Before you get too excited for me, the drill was: fast walking for 60 seconds, then speed up to barely a jog for 30 sec, then [...]

End of year musings

Wow, it has been almost a month since I’ve last posted?  I guess time flies when one is back to work, worrying about holidays, and finding that concern for one’s injury has become a lower priority.
I’ve found that I am still getting better each day, although the incremental improvement is sometimes so small as to [...]

Saw, scar and shirt

Today was tree-cutting day for us here in the Rockies.
The National Forest Service has a program which allows the public to obtain a permit to go to a specified area and cut their own Christmas tree, called the Holiday Tree program.  The program covers three weekends in Nov/Dec.  I’m told that the program helps to [...]

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 [...]

Last “official” Dr appt

I say “official” because my orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Ted Parks, Denver, CO) said he still wants to check up on me towards the end of January - but it only has to be an informal check whenever we see each other around the OR.  Here’s what we discussed:
1. I’ve noticed more swelling these past few [...]

Week 10

I’d been feeling that I’d reached a plateau phase where improvement would be slower coming, so I spiced things up by wearing my Keen clogs to work yesterday and today.  I told myself that this would help with strengthening the intrinsic muscles of my foot.  In reality, I think that they just made my heel [...]

What a difference a week makes

Last week: me in hiking boots, temp 23F, enough snow to keep the kids out of school for 3 days.
This week: me in running shoes, temp 76F, just a few spots of snow left.