This afternoon I my second round of PT and it was a very interesting experience. Here are the activities I did during PT today:
- Practiced standing up and sitting down 2x
- Walked out of my hospital room, using a 2 wheeled walker
- Walked up a hallway with a 2 wheeled walker
- Walked back up the same hallway with a 2 wheeled walker
- Walked the same hallway a 3rd time with a 4 wheeled walker (much less stability than the 2 wheeled walker)
- Swung my legs at knee back and forth
I recorded all of this activity on my camera and reviewed with my family afterwards. I must say I am overwhelmed with emotion at what I experienced today. I feel like I am operating a body that is not my own and experienced a level of fluidity and smoothness that I never dreamed possible. It’s hard to believe that just 3 days ago I had surgery to improve my mobility. I feel the need to stress the fact that I am not being hyperbolic here; the difference was truly seemed amazing compared to what I could do just 4 days ago.
Of course, I did just have major surgery and I have a great deal of rehab ahead of me. My gait was smoother than it has ever been and felt great but my coordination will need work, I have a lot of muscle strengthening to do, and feel like I will need to learn how to walk anew. Also, my legs feel like noodles. While I was doing PT today I noticed I have to deliberately think about standing up straight and when I do that I feel muscles activating that I have never felt before. Finally, my glutei are on fire because they are not used to this level of activity.
I still have some pain around the area of the incision when I move but that is to be expected and I am sure I will experience more pain as discomfort as my rehab continues. Dr. Park just stopped in as I was typing this and reviewed what I did today and he was pleased with my progress. All in all I feel good and am somewhat tired from the PT activity so I will be taking it easy at Chateau Barnes-Jewish for the rest of the night.