November 10th, 2006

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Graduating from PT

It looks like I'm graduating from pt for real this time. I've made enough progress that, unless we find something really wrong today will be my last visit. I am excited, on one hand, that I've made this progress. Pain is still a huge issue, and RSD flare up don't appear to be a passing phase, but I'm stronger. I don't know how to tell you how exciting it is when I step off a bus or curb or run into something and my ankle doesn't give!

I am excited that I can see progress, and that I have a program to follow for continuing that progress. This is exciting. My hope is that if I have to live with this pain, maybe I can try to continue working and at least grow stronger. Strength can't make up for the pain, but it can maybe help me function.

It's exciting to remember how little function I had after surgery, and how much I have now.

The sad part is I like my physical therapist, and I will miss her. She made things fun, and it was more like working out with a friend at the gym than how I've experienced pt in the past. I will miss discussing things with her.

However, if I don't get ready, I won't make it to the appointment. Wishing y'all a happy Friday.

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Progress report

After all was said and done today, I gradgitated from pt. Of course, it's not really a graduation, since I will still be doing the exercises on my own (if anyone wants to exercise with me, let me know...). But it was cool to see just how far I actually came. The social work major in me has officially looked at this experience and applied the "planned change process" to physical therapy. Today was what we'd call termination/evaluation. Evaluation happens on an ongoing basis, but today we repeated several tests from when I came in.

With strength, I went from a 4 minus to a five/five plus (five is the highest). In range of motion, I improved too, and in flexing my foot to pull my toes up toard me, I doubled the angle/degree. These are very good things to see, and they surprise me, only to the extent that I didn't expect that I'd ever get to this point, but they don't surprise me because I knew I was getting stronger and more flexible in the ankle. Not the bad "I'm-going-to-cave-on-you-any-minute" flexible, but the flexible that happens when you know you could trip and your ankle would roll enough to protect itself, but spring back to where it belongs.

To do these things when the pain is high and I'm still recovering from last Saturday is a very cool thing.

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Veterans Day

I can't say happy Veterans Day; I think that we even have to have war in this world is sad. But I want to take a minute to say I'm praying for our soldiers, and grateful for their service.

War is never something anyone really wants, but I hope we will all support our soldiers, and thank our Veterans.