’m still going to physical therapy three times a week. I’m 8 months in and while I see improvement, I’m still no where near where I want to be.
Here is a list of things I can do.
Walk 30 minutes x 2
Be driven to the pool. (14 minutes)
Sit for 10 minutes
Go to the OB/GYN
Lay on the massage table pretty much no problem.
Can lay on my back on the floor with a mat and two towels. That has gotten better.
Pull one knee to my chest at a time
Bike for 15 minutes on level 0
Bend side to side with my fingertips touching at the side of my knee
With knees slightly bent I can bend forward and have my fingertips touch my knees. (barely) Yet, my back still doesn’t seem to curve?
*** Further note. If anyone ever needs to go to the gynecologist let me help you out with my experience. When you get on the exam table they will of course ask you to scoot down. Make sure you ask them to pull the table tray out. That would have made things so much easier for me. I had to try and scoot down and had no where to put my feet so it ended up arching my back a bit. I couldn’t seem to find the stirrups to put my feet in either. I didn’t have the abdominal muscles to hold my feet up in the air while I searched for them. If the doctor had pulled the tray out I could have scooted down much easier and then it would just have been a matter of sliding my feet outwards to find the stirrups. At that point, they could have just slid the table back in and proceeded with the exam.
On a positive note the gynecologist was very, very quick and I was only in the stirrups for maybe three minutes. When she was finished, she pulled the tray out. What took me ten minutes to figure out how to get into them, it took me ten seconds to maneuver out of them with the tray there to use as leverage. TI used the tray to scoot up in bed, then pushed off of with my feet in order to turn on my side. Once I was on my side, they pushed the tray in and I sat up sideways and then got off the table.
Thus, I’ve made some gains in the last 8 months, but it all seems too little. It’s true, all I focus on is the stuff that I can’t do, but it’s hard not too. There is so much that I want to be doing. Least of all is to be able to sit and write for longer periods, to not be in pain, and to maybe go out to dinner with some friends. How great would that all be?
I have a doctor appointment tomorrow so we will see what he says. I’ll keep you posted.