Yesterday marked 2 weeks since surgery. It feels like its been far longer. The great thing is that the gains this early on after surgery are huge. Every day I feel so much stronger and independent.
On June 1st I went and got all the stitches out of my leg. I also saw an x-ray of my leg. I knew I had a screw in there buy holy crow is this thing GIANT.My next big accomplishment was doing a leg lift. I know it may not seem like much but laying on your back and raising your leg up post ACL surgery is a big ole B. Once I conquered that on Friday I thought I was a total rockstar. So much so that I decided to try in hop in the ole Corolla and see if I could drive. Spoiler: I’M DRIVING AGAIN!!!Other fun things that happened was hobbling my butt down to the pool and getting my first solid tanning session in. I am not very comfortable lying on my belly because there is still fluid on my knee and it doesn’t appreciate being totally smushed. Thanks to that I totally fried myself : (I had planned on leaving after 2 hours but Claire came and joined me and I ran into Christy and I just couldn’t leave. I was having such a happy little girls afternoon. Claire also had the pleasure of going grocery shopping with me this weekend (I was nervous, it was my first trip out). I loaded up with tons of fruits and veggies (BTW if anyone has bought a papaya before tell me what to do with it) at Trader Joes and then headed to Harris Teeter to finish off my grocery shopping. All the fresh produce inspired me to finally starting eating again. Granted I stuck with salads for a few more days I did finally use the stove yesterday morning to cook eggs (with left over chicken from chicken piccata and mushroom) and then again last night to make a version of my favorite dish ever.
I have to say that my biggest accomplishment this week though is using the stationary bike. At physical therapy on Tuesday I told my therapist I wanted to use the bike so she set me up for 6 minutes, WOAH. Then yesterday at home I hopped on the bike at my gym to try and cycle for 30. It was a success! I was on the lowest level of resistance and biked a shorter distance than I used to be able to run in 30 minutes BUT it was a victory none the less!I sort of feel amazing right now and that is fabulous. Another fun perk of surgery is that you end up with a crap ton of fluid retention and then it all just goes away. I went into surgery weighing about 155 I think, I came out weighing 168 (holy crap right), then I weighed myself today and I am at 151. I mean I don’t know who wouldn’t love to say well I dropped 17 lbs in 2 weeks. I know the numbers are obviously wonky but I still thinks its funny. I would say that considering I tore my ACL on April 25th, meaning I haven’t ran in 6 weeks, and my weight hasn’t gone nuts shows a lot about how I’ve been able to listen to my body and fuel it appropriately. When you are stuck on a recliner for most of the day I can guarantee you don’t need as much food as when you are running 30 mile weeks. But hey, September is right around the corner right? My PT said I should be able to start doing a minute of running alternating with walking. Baby steps. And a happy hello from the newly 8 month old Sasha Bear! We finally took her to the vet and found out she only weighs 60 lbs right now. We were delusional and thought she weighed 70 lbs already. Bren hopped on the scale at the vet too and it told him he weighed 10 lbs less than the gym scale so we think it may me a little wonky. No matter what her weight she is still an all star in my book. Well that is all for today, happy hump day!
Q: What is the longest that you had to go with out driving due to an injury / any other circumstance?
Q: Grocery shopping, do you love it or hate it?
Q: Do you find that summer time changes the foods that you eat and crave?
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