My bruises are multiplying!!
2 bruises for the price of 1
There were only 2 yesterday but when I woke up this morning there were four!
Everyone at work keeps asking what happened to me – I keep saying that I wasn’t attacked, but my physical therapist does beat me 🙂
PT continues to go well. I’m still noticing progress every week and she keeps finding new ways to torture me…and the bruising also continues.
2 bruises for the price of 1
I’ve been given a few new exercises as well. I’m doing a sideways wall climb as well as the front wall climb. It’s a little awkward but I’m sure it’ll get better with time. Then there’s this one where I put a small exercise ball on the PT table and stand next to it with my arm on it at a right angle (similar to when I’m sitting in a chair with my arm propped up next to me). Then I lean forward like I’m trying to touch my toes with my left hand, but leaving my right arm on the ball so it’s stretching my shoulder backwards. Does that make sense? It’s pretty difficult to do (and explain too) but I can see how it’s a good range of motion exercise.
Another new exercise is also with the small exercise ball – where I hold it against the wall with my right arm straight (which also was amusing since I thought it was straight but it definitely wasn’t and my therapist had to correct my form) and then lean into it and move it back and forth and then up and down.
Next Wednesday is my 3 month post op visit with my surgeon. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say about my progress, but I’m also a little concerned that I haven’t progressed as much as I should have. Seeing him also means it’s been 2 months since I started PT and I was originally told I’d be having 3 months of PT. Thinking that I only have 1 month of PT left is frightening since I feel like I have so much more to do there. Then again, every injury is different and everyone progresses differently…so I think as long as I haven’t hit the max that my insurance will pay (I’m just about halfway there) and everyone thinks I’m doing well then I won’t panic.
PT is going really well. The very first exercise I learned seems to be where I judge my progress the most.
This is the one where I lay on my back and hold a cane/broomstick with both hands in front of me and raise them overhead as far as possible. I was slowly reaching the point where it was so far over my head that I could barely see it in my peripheral vision. This week I made it to the point where it is completely out of my line of sight!
My therapist has been really pushing me and working on me a lot with my range of motion and with the massage-like techniques to break up the scar tissue. They tend to be extremely painful and I sometimes dread this part of PT. I know it’s good pain – but that doesn’t always help in the moment.
And I got a massive bruise on Monday from all the work she did…
After PT today I hit up the gym – same as last week. Slowly but surely I’m getting back in the swing of things. 3 days of running/walking in a little over a week. Now I just have to figure out when my next gym day is…
Time for PT exercises!
It’s like every week is busier than the last… and next week isn’t looking much better.
PT is going well. I’m seeing progress most days I go there which is really reassuring since I’m not seeing improvement in my every life with my shoulder.
I did get my first bruise from PT yesterday though. It isn’t really big but it is ugly. Oh yes, and I cried at PT for the first time too. Not sobbing, but there were tears streaming down my face. It just hurt so much. Fortunately, my therapist was very understanding and even said that was why she had me facing away from the everyone else there…
I’m making progress – now using 1 lb weights or a cable instead of just pushing against the pole. Woohoo! One pound weights!
Yesterday, instead of just laying down with my ice, she had me sit in the chair with arm propped up on a bolster so it was perpendicular to my body. Then she put the ice on top of my arm and strapped it on with one of those weights that you can wrap around something (wrist, ankle, cane, etc). It was like traction – pushing down my shoulder which always hikes up when I raise my arm more than like 45*.
Then I went straight to the gym. I walk right by it on the way to and from PT so I figured this would be the best plan.
Speaking of plans – I’m in search of a gym plan. A friend has talked to me about doing a half marathon in March. I wanted to do couch to 5K, so maybe this will turn into couch to half marathon?