Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Week 6

Six weeks and everything seems pretty much the same since last Thursday.

Regimen for yesterday:

Knee heating with stim: 10 min
Massage: 5 min
Stationary bike for strengthening: 10 min
Leg press: 3 x 15 on 4th weight setting
Leg lifts: 3 x 15 x 1lb
Hip abduction: 3 x 15 x 3lb
Hip adduction: 3 x 15 x 3lb
Step ups: 3 x 15 x 2nd setting
Side step ups: 3 x 15
Wall squats with exercise ball: 3 x 15
Heel raises: 3 x 15
Hamstring curl: 3 x 15
Hamstring stretch, quad stretch, etc.: 10 min
Ice with stim and weight on knee (for getting full extension back): 10 min

I'm having a lot of trouble with the hamstring curls and hip adductions. For some reason my leg just doesn't respond the way it should. I'm not too happy about that.

The good thing is is that everything else doesn't give me that much trouble. I get tired doing leg lifts, but I think that's because my quad just isn't there yet. I compared my quads the other day and my left quad is at least an inch or two smaller than my right one. I don't even fill in my pants the same way! It's so strange.

This month has been rough scheduling my physical therapy sessions. I can only do one a week, and I'm starting to get worried about how long my disability lasts. I think I need to contact HR about that. I don't want to go back to work if I'm not okay to do so, but I really need to work so I can have that extra cash.

Rough times are ahead . . .


Anonymous said...

Yeah, these are the tough weeks, between 4 and 8, when your therapist won't push you too hard but you want things to progress. It's not the easiest thing doing the same old, same old.

Just keep it up, and know that your recovery will start speeding up over the next month or so.

Blackbeltmama said...

Just so you know, I'm a year out and have been busting my butt at the gym for months, plus the 6 months of PT right afterwards, and my legs are still not completely equal. That is normal. A friend told me it took him two years.

Also, don't worry about the hamstring curls. My PT didn't even have me do those until 4 months! You're doing great.

Blackbeltmama said...

Also, to echo what BBB said, this time is especially risky as your graft is at its weakest. Just take it easy. You'll start moving and seeing more rapid progress around week 12 or so.