Don’t Let Them Fool You, PT Is No Joke!

'Shall we start with some stretching exercises?'

My first PT session.

Yesterday I started PT. My daughter, who is 17 and has had the “pleasure” of participating in some quality PT told me that I would be in some pain after the first session. She was right. She was also quick to remind me of the time when she complained about the pain after a PT session and was told to, “suck it up.” So when she asked how my ankle felt when I got home, I told her. Her response??? You guessed it-“Suck it up dad.”

Since it was an initial visit, I spent about twenty minutes being questioned, then another thirty having my ankle twisted, turned, bent and pulled. This, I am told, will bring me closer to getting me back to where I want, no, need to be.

The need to be back in the woods hiking is a strong one. It has been two months to the day since I slid, fell and fractured my ankle on that fateful backpacking trip. Two months of sitting around recuperating isn’t as much fun as it sounds! Obviously it is sitting around time that is necessary, and that is what makes it somewhat bearable.

But as uncomfortable as it has been and will continue to be for a while longer, it also means that I am healing, and that is a good thing. The bottom line is this-You have to be positive. Life is way too short to set sucked into the negative. It will most certainly kill you.

My goal? I want to be back on the trails no later than October 1st!!

2 thoughts on “Don’t Let Them Fool You, PT Is No Joke!

  1. Flying Squirrel

    I was in a car accident about 8 years ago now, during which I broke a lot of stuff – but most pertinent to backpacking, I split my right kneecap in two. All my PT “mates” were knee-replacement patients, and though I had all-original parts (except for some screws), I was learning to walk again. The therapist told me backpacking and particularly mountains would never be my thing again…. to this day I still don’t know if that was some reverse-psychology motivational thing, but he made me mad, and suffice to say I’ve proved him wrong. Good luck on your journey, and get back on the trail.


    1. The Zen Hiker Post author

      Thanks very much for the positive comments! My goal at this point is to get myself to the point where I can get back on the trail. For once, I am doing everything that they say to do to the letter!!!! Take care.



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