I had my 6 (really 7) week check up on Thursday. Somehow these last few weeks have flown by. Even Dr.Hyman thought it had been several months (I wish) since the surgery. Doc asked how I felt, and I said “Ready to run! Can I go tomorrow?” I was obviously kidding…but I did want to push the limits and see what all I could do. He laughed and reminded me that even though I look okay and feel pretty good, there is a lot of healing going on inside my body. He tested me strength on both legs, and it was very obvious that my right side is weaker. I was happy though that the strength exercises didn’t actually hurt.
I’m a very good patient. I do my exercises during the week, I ice as told, and never push my boundries without the PT or Dr.Hyman’s permission. So, I asked a lot of questions about what I could do.
1. Me: No really, when can I run again (hoping for a better answer)?
Doc: We will see at your appointment 2 months from now at the end of July.
2. Me: Can I run my relay in September?
Doc: How far is it?
Me: 199 miles.
Me: I’m not running all of that! I just have 3 legs to run all relatively short. I know I will be slow.
Doc: I don’t see why not.
3. Me: What about pilates?
Doc: I don’t really like pilates and yoga. I see a lot of injuries from it (people doing too much and doing it wrong). But, you need to give it a few more weeks. Let’s see aim for the end of June-closer to the 8-10 week mark.
Me: I’m really good at modifying. I won’t do anything that aggrevates it.
4. Me: When can I spin?
Doc: 3 month mark. We can talk about it at your appointment in July.
5. Me: When can I do more on the elliptical? 2 days a week isnt’ cutting it.
Doc: Don’t increase everything all at once. Let’s do 3-4 times a week this upcoming week and see how you do. If those 15 minutes don’t bother you, try 20 minutes the next week. Just don’t increase your distance, resistence and your amount of days working out-because if something starts to hurt, we won’t know what caused it.
FINALLY! PROGRESS! AN ANSWER I CAN HANDLE!
So there you have it. I did go 3 times this week and felt fine. I’ve added more shoulder and back weight lifting moves and even spent my Saturday walking around a festival with very little pain. It’s very obvious that I am still slow and my stride is short but I will work on that in the upcoming weeks. The only new exercise for the week was increased weight (colored bands) for some of my exercises and a one leg dead lift with a 3 lb weight.
I love that Dr.Hyman (and my PT Julie) gets it. He understands I am going a bit crazy and is willing to push the boundries when appropriate. I also love that he is patient with my questions. Most doctors won’t take the time to answer all of your questions and make you feel okay about the situation. They tend to talk down to you and treat you like a child, and mine is the complete opposite.
As for the upcoming week, I will be traveling for work again. I need some detox in my life. 4 days of booze isn’t good when you can’t burn it off! Well, I should clarify. 10 minutes of bike and 15 minutes of elliptical can’t make THAT much of a difference. But, it’s better than nothing, right??
Have you ever seen a sports doctor (or are you lucky enough to not be injured)? Do you push your limits or cheat when they tell you something you don’t want to hear? What did you do this weekend?