No, this is not an Anthony Weiner post. (sorry, just couldn't help myself)
Almost 7 weeks ago I injured myself while skiing. This morning I had a follow-up appointment and the doctor told me what I've been dreading to hear--it's time to start physical therapy.
My leg hasn't bent in almost 7 weeks. The mostly severed tendon is screwed to my kneecap, and "flexible" isn't a word that any reasonable person would associate with my left knee. And that's by design, when you think about it--the knee has had to be immobilized so the tendon can heal, but that's meant that everything in there's gotten rigid. Now it's time to "unrigid" it. And that terrifies me.
I don't like pain, and this is going to hurt. The only times since the injury when I've had the immobilizer off are when I'm in the shower, and my leg is absolutely, positively not going to bend. So I have to go to "therapy" where some goons are going to bend my leg until it feels like it's going to snap. Sorry, there's no way around it, that's what's going to happen. And it scares the crap out of me. My first therapy appointment is in 2 weeks.
The doctor asked if I have a hot tub available--I do, right out in my backyard. I drained it some time after Christmas and was going to clean it and refill it--and then the injury occurred. So there it sat all spring, empty. A soon-to-be-former student of mine has agreed to come clean and refill it for me so it can be a part of my therapy. I find it slightly entertaining that I stopped using it in the winter and will start using it again in the summer!
Until then, the doctor told me to start walking around without the immobilizer. Yes, I still have to use the crutches, but to try to allow the leg to bend a little bit. (Personally I think the doctor is nuts on this one!) I am a good patient, following all directions to the letter, so I'll do what the doctor instructs--I'll even do what the physical therapy goons instruct. I will walk again, and I will do it without a limp, and following their instructions is what it will take to make that happen. So as I sit here typing, my leg is "getting some air". I feel so exposed without it, and not just because the leg is open to the air.
Just to be safe, though, I'll probably continue to wear the immobilizer at night.