Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Up..... down.....

There I was, thinking I was a genius in the exercise department. Give me new exercises and look at me go! I manage everything. Well, except for the wobble board, and the less I speak about that the better, except that I am managing that well. Sort of. Better.

I have a new programme. Treadmill I can cope with, and standing on one (bad) leg on a trampoline while tossing a ball in the air?? Got it. There are others. I can do them. I try hard.

Enter the NEW exercise. Hahahahahahahahahahahha. HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO. It is simple, she says. Just stand on this thick block of foam rubber, and on your bad leg, rise on to the ball of your foot. Without holding on to the railings.

Simple. I can do that.

Well.

NO, I CANNOT.

The muscles in my foot/calf/thigh/rear end/arms/stomach/back/neck/head........ they cannot make the leg rise. No matter how hard I try. I can do it with ease on the good leg. All I had to do was rise and fall for 3 minutes. And after those three minutes of hell, I could only do it with 2 feet at a time, and holding on with both arms. When I tell you I was drenched with sweat and the language had taken an unexpected nosedive into the gutter, you will get the picture. I do not do "I can't". Just ask my kids.

And the evil physio woman grinned and said......."That one is going to take some work, Linds. But you are good with challenges!" I was restrained. It helped that every muscle in my body was screaming at the time. I staggered out to the waiting room, where Jean was waiting, and I looked as though I had just taken part in a marathon. So we went to Waitrose for coffee to recover.

So ask me what I have been doing all day????? Up. Down. Up. Down. On both feet without holding on. I don't do "can't" so I will breeze in there on Friday and announce that I can.

If it hasn't killed me by tomorrow.

17 comments:

Dawn said...

Sounds horrid! I feel such empathy for you - I haven't been through anything this horrid, but I did have physical therapy for 6 weeks 4 years ago when I hurt my foot so badly at work. I still can't do the treadmill comfortably because of it.

Olson Family said...

You can do it! You can do it! I hope it was a strong coffee.

And - hope you don't mind I put a link to your scary world post on my blog. Because you wrote it so well and I can't seem to write a think lately.

God Bless and Happy ???? Excercising!

Olson Family said...

See - I can't spell either. I meant "write a thing."

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh my heck...I have two good legs and I can't do that. I can do "can't" very well.

Crystal said...

Your spirit is indomitable - you will not be put down!! I'm reminded of Helen Reddy's song - "I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar!" Cheering for you, every exercise of the way!!

Mary said...

You go girl!

Sandra said...

I know it sucks Linds, but don't give up :) I know you'll have that exercise down real soon :)

Barb said...

No matter what, I don't do "can't" either, and neither do you Linds.

Hang on - it's got to get better.

Donnetta (momrn2) said...

Yikes! I think the comment "But you are good with challenges" would on some days encourage me. And on others, well, let's just say you might not want to get in my way! :-)

Look at you though, ready to take it completely on!! I so admire and respect that! YOU GO GIRL!!

Judith said...

Linds, If this trainer, instructor thinks these workouts are so great, the least she can do is do them with you. I'm not convinced it all needs to be so grueling.
You know more about your limits than they do. Don't let them push you around.

Janine said...

Think Barrak Obama!!

Needled Mom said...

I guess that is what a positive "can do" attitude gets you. If it gets you where you want to be it will be well worth it. Good luck.

lakeviewer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. From the accounts on your therapy session, you're in for a bit of testing. But, it will all be worth it. Those of us who have had some days behind us can tell you stories of how physical therapy reset our will and our muscles back to normal. Without it, I'm afraid, things don't get better. Just look at any athlete after they break bones and strain muscles and go through rehabilitation. They're decidedly willing to go back to their older selves. We must think like them.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

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Jan said...

One little, baby step at a time. You can, you can, you can! It won't be long before you'll be looking back at this post and wondering why it was so tough!
Hugs to you my friend!

Edith said...

Hang in there - you are making progress! You are encouraging to me.

Have a blessed day.
edith

Desia said...

You'll do it!
I liked your "How can it be?" post below; echoes many of my thoughts. I never imagined that I would not like getting older, or rather looking older and having less energy, so much. But unfortunately I do!

Linda said...

Bravo Linds! I have every confidence that by friday you will have that thing nailed!!