Three weeks until I can run again and three weeks of PT under my belt.
I must admit, I was very skeptical of PT when I first started down this road and was relieved when my doctor told me I wouldn’t need any PT for the first month. I even agreed with the nurse practitioner during my one month follow-up that I wouldn’t need to see my PT more than a couple of times (but of course if I wanted to, I should call her so she can refill my PT prescription).
Well, today I made that call, because PT is amazing.
As you know (or not – if you haven’t committed all my posts to memory), I was walking with a pretty pronounced limp and questioned whether I needed to limp or if my brain was still just telling me to limp. I will never know the answer to that questions, but after three weeks, the limp is practically gone (look, I have videos to prove it).
With each session I learn something new my body has been doing these past several years to make up for a hip that could no longer do its job. And with each session we correct it and make me stronger.
I was annoyed at the beginning of May that I needed to wait a few more weeks to post my first run. I realized I couldn’t run with my limp, but at the same time wondered if I couldn’t just pop some Advil, push through the discomfort and come out on the other side stronger and happier and limp free. I’m really glad I didn’t do that. Yes, I probably could have and might’ve even believed I was stronger and doing fine, but knowing the various cheats my body has been doing to keep me upright – I would’ve end up even more injured (eventually).
Instead, I am taking my time, relearning how to do things I used to just take for granted (like lifting my good leg while balancing on my bad) and dreaming of just how amazing my first run is gonna feel.