Well, I just have to tell you that I am thrilled!
After another physio appointment today, I was officially told that I could get back on the bike (which I’ve been on anyway…) and (drum roll, please!) without the knee brace.
In case you didn’t hear that: WOO HOO!
The knee and leg are both still swollen, though less so. My lower leg doesn’t hurt any more and my knee generally hurts less. My back is less sore than it was and I manage to relax it with the help of a heating pad. So… Things are definitely improving… though slowly. (Could the custom-made orthotics be part of the reason? I think so, maybe...)
I am still barred from running, or even walking, as part of my exercise routine (sigh…) but trying the bike again without the knee brace is a huge step forward.
Zippity do dah!
Tim, my physio guy said, “I don’t know about running, Sarah…” Implying that he didn’t know if I’d ever be back to running.
I looked him straight in the eye and said, “I will run again.”
“You really like it, eh?” He asked, looking at me to gauge my reaction.
I was thinking to myself, “Do you think I’d be so damned dedicated and determined with these daily exercises and rehab if I didn’t have a goal??” Clearly, he doesn’t know me. Though he did say that he thought I was patient… in some ways.
I told him, “I have no intention of spending every day in that gym like I did last summer. This year, I plan to be outside running.”
Tim said “I hope so…”, as if he was trying to convince himself as much as me.
So I quickly fired back, “Good. If we both hope, it is more likely to happen, isn’t it?”
He nodded… and pulled over the little cart on wheels that holds all his acupuncture needles, in preparation to work on me.
So, we ended the session agreeing that I would go back on the bike, without the knee brace and wait two more weeks before another appointment. For now, I will stay off the elliptical machine, and add in one thing at a time, so we can see what, if anything, triggers pain.
To celebrate, I went to the gym after physio… and got on the bike for 17 minutes, before doing my physio exercises and weights.
Baby steps… or bike revolutions… whatever! It’s progress. And I’m happy.