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Update to Feb. 16, 2019 Blog.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Just a quick update: I did discontinue rehab, ordered by the surgeon. Once I experienced pain in both of my hips (one replaced 8 years ago) and my ankle (injured and broken 2 years ago) the surgeon stopped my Physical Therapie. On my own will, I returned this week, but to a different Rehabilitation business. They were open to what I wanted to achieve and treated me gently, the first day. I was told not to exercise too much the following day. To my surprise, I stayed awake all that night with some terrific pain. I returned to rehab, yesterday, explaining what I experienced. They were as baffled as I was. More therapy, yesterday, but nothing too hard. Last night I must have had the best night's sleep, since this ordeal started. I was so grateful. Continued to do my walking, and bicycle move in the hot tub, today. I am looking forward to another good night's sleep. I have to be hopeful, as I have planned a trip to Europe in about 3 weeks. We will see.
I stuck to my diet with a good breakfast, and a second meal, a sort of Lunch/Dinner combination, mid-afternoon. That has worked for me, and I stayed within 135# to 137#, weighing today 135#.
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    I hope your new PT place will help you along. I'm so sorry about the pain you're experiencing.
    728 days ago
    I have been concerned about you. I am sorry this has been so tough on you. I am glad you have support now willing to listen to you. Praying for your healing. Hugs emoticon
    728 days ago
    Marlis, you have really been through the wringer! Your experience shows that we each must be our own Patient Advocate because medical professionals do not always know as much about our bodies as we ourselves do. Doctors can diagnosis, recommend, etc., and PT's can show us exercises for the problems we're experiencing, but it's always from textbooks and previous experience with other patients. Only we know how it feels to be in our body with these problems which are our own, and not always do they fit the "usual" scenario. Continue to do what you feel is right for YOU. And the No Pain, No Gain?? Nope, that's bad advice. Pain is our body's way of telling us something is wrong. If we're feeling pain, it means we need to stop and reevaluate if we need fewer repetitions or not as extreme a stretch, etc. Building up slowly is the key to improving our situation and ultimately that is your decision. Remember also that much of this pain can be made worse if your spine is out of alignment and a nerve is being pinched, even just slightly. A gentle massage or chiropractor can help, but warn them from the outset that you will yell stop if they do something which hurts! Happy Easter which is the time of new beginnings!
    728 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear that you have suffered these setbacks and experienced so much pain. It's all very mysterious, isn't it--how pain can be so severe one day and then almost gone the next? It seems like the body/mind connection is more complicated than we'll ever know. One could theorize that you were relieved and hopeful having started with the new therapy, and that your positive emotions led to the good night's sleep and improvement upon waking. I hope this good trend continues and that by the time your trip rolls around, you'll be fit, comfortable on your feet, and ready to enjoy yourself. Take care.

    729 days ago
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