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!!
Besides actually having my ankle heal correctly, one of the things that I have been worrying about is how to stay physically active during this down time. Obviously, all forms of cardio are out of the question (for the time being), but what about other forms of exercise? Is there anything else that I can do during this time that will not only keep me active, but also aid in my recovery and healing?
With this in mind, a package arrived at my house yesterday afternoon from Amazon. Opening it, I saw that it was my friend Esther. In the box was a set of WENFENG Resistance Bands! Knowing how much I love to hike, and how much sitting around was killing me, this gift is beyond being perfect!
I had honestly never thought about different ways to stay active. My mindset has been on hiking, cardio and how to get back to that as quickly as I can. So what have I been doing since last night? That’s right, I have been scouring the web and you tube trying to find appropriate exercises and workouts that I can do while my ankle heals.
So many thanks to Esther for the thoughtful gift that will undoubtedly assist me on the road to recovery and being able to hike again!
More to come…
“Stay focused and stay determined. Don’t look to anyone else to be your determination – have self-determination. It will take you very far.” -Justice Smith