This is for the record (so easily I forget!) and, in case you're curious, for your entertainment. HA!
I'm at 13 weeks post-surgery today. Let's just call it 3 months, since my knee replacement was on January 8th and today is April 9th.
Physiotherapist, Eline, says I can now do anything I want to do! WHOHOOWOOHOO. That includes driving (check)....and sports. But I'm ahead of myself....
I wake up every morning with my new knee "defaulting" to a less than 100% extension. More like 85-90%. So, before I get out of bed, I do 4 exercises that more or less fix the problem. The most important is what I call "the other" planking exercise. It's like having to retrain the brain.
Astrid made the 6 planks which I depress 10x each.
By the time I'm done, my leg is back to 100% extension. WHOHOO.
At some point in the morning, after breakfast and time at the laptop, I ride my exercise bike.
This bike is at the Parafit practice I attend in nearby Arkel and is still hard for me to ride.
However, mine at home is perfect for 10 minutes every day at 20 kmp/12.5 mph. WOOHOO.
(Eline is the one in the video who goes to get her apple.)
I also do squats and lunges. Don't forget those.
And climbing up and down stairs.
And walking here-n-there.
Back at Parafit (for 3 months at twice a week but now at only once), Eline keeps me hopping.
The one in the middle works on extension and flexion, repeatedly...ad nauseam.
At 3 months, my flexion is supposed to be at the maximum of 130-degrees.
But as you can see, it's not. I'm lucky if I get to 115-120. That's the part I'm still working on!
Up to this point, everything is just bite-the-bullet stuff. I know I have to do it.
And no one else can do it for me.
When Eline realized how sportive I've been my entire life, she figured something out.
Ginnie LOVES LOVES LOVES to play ball. WOOHOO.
So, first, I do a weaving in-and-out exercise for stability and brain-to-muscle coordination.
And THEN I play ball.
Without having to think about what or why I'm doing it, I really have a ball.
Astrid says Eline really gets a kick out of it...since I'm 2 months shy of turning 70. HA!
But isn't that what it's all about...even when it's rehab...to have a blast,
no matter how old/young you are!
Speaking of Astrid, special thanks to her for being my Partner in Crime,
taking me to PT every week and being my Fan Club.
Thanks to her for all these telling-it-like-it-is proofs that I am still alive and well.