Today was my third physical therapy appointment, my last visit was last Thursday. With each visit has come improvement and I am really happy. It may be slow and I have days where I am still uncomfortable, but I am definitely making progress.
I spent the weekend not doing much, a lot of laying around the house in hopes of getting better sooner. I’ve been doing my exercises everyday, getting in the 5-6 sets I need to. Except today, because I was crazy busy.
On Monday night, I was REALLY uncomfortable. I explained this to Dan, my physical therapist, today. The pain was mostly in my calf that day, and into my foot. When the pain is that far down it is obnoxious. That is the best word to describe it,. I could not get comfortable or sit still. Not matter how I moved, or sat, or lay down, it wasn’t right.
Yesterday, it was so much better, not as much discomfort. Very little pain. What I noticed most was my little baby toe tingling, very aware of it. Today more of the same. And I am very aware of my lower back. When I explained all this to Dan, he was happy. On my first visit, he had told me that as I do these exercises, the goal is to get the pain and discomfort to work it’s way back up.
I asked him why I each day seems to be different and he said that it could be not sitting or laying properly. Over time, as I continue to do my exercises and sit / stand / lay properly, that will change. We are not only dealing with the problem now, but I am learning how to head it off in the future.
When I arrived today and sat in the waiting area, Dan came over and said the way I was sitting was perfect. A+ for me! During my therapy he told me that all joking aside, he was being very honest. How I sit / stand / lay are key to my recovery and it means *life* for my back. I like that.
I go back again tomorrow to step it up some. It is a good feeling to leave each appointment with the hope that this will clear up and will get better. I will not give up.