Thursday, January 19, 2017
An end in sight
It's been a productive week on the leg front. Tuesday I had what is potentially my last PT appointment. I get this feeling she knows I haven't been doing my calf raises because she's asked me about them the past two times I've gone. The chiro and I agreed doing those prior to the trip was not a good idea. I didn't do PT the first few days I got back since I was taking care of the Mr and started up the first day of the new year. It wasn't feasible for me to go ovaries out after about 2 weeks off of PT, so I did light calf raises a few days a week before going back Tuesday but obviously it wasn't enough. She had me do them for her and I thought I busted them out pretty good but she's like "you came down too quickly, control it on the way down."
So now my progression on those is to do them hanging off the edge of a step which will also stretch those yank points. My next progression on the clam shells is to do them in a full side plank the entire time. Yay. I haven't progressed my bridges yet because I don't feel like with all of the other exercises I'm trying to build up to that my legs can take it quite yet. Maybe a week or two. Lord knows she'll be checking on my next...and last...appointment. The insurance company has made it clear they'll cover two more and that's it. The word "cover" is rather laughable though considering they're out of network so each visit cost me anywhere from $68 - $108 depending on what was done to me that session. All of my visits for 2016 totaled just under $1100 with "coverage." I will miss my therapist though. She's tiny but tough and there's no way my amazing time in Vermont would've happened without her.
Yesterday was the first time I saw the chiro since we got back. He asked how the trip went and how my legs felt. He said they felt much less "angry", though tight from the paces she put me through the day before. He released some of the knots in my legs front and back and then ultrasounded the bad one. He did say using the term "the bad one" will no longer apply though which is good news. He's moved my visits to bi-weekly for now but I got the impression I may not need them much longer.
I gave myself the night off from heavy PT since I was pretty sore from the dead lifts and other exercises she gave me the day before. We did Walk Away the Pounds but that first mile of three was long and excruciating. So on mute Leslie went and on came a playlist with some Bruno Mars, Gwen Stefani, The 1975 and Empire of the Sun to get us through the rest of the workout.
Then it was time for dinner...
Big salad with black beans, corn, red peppers, walnuts and salmon.
We caught up on the DVR which included Timeless, Bull and This is Us. Is there ever an episode of This is Us that doesn't make me sob? The Mr was even close and he's not a crier. It was the whole um, let's see, how do I not spoil this. The life event the doctor was dealing with in his own life. Of course the Mr thought about if he had to go through the same, so did I so Puffs Plus commenced.
What exercise instructors do you occasionally mute? Do you have insurance with laughable coverage despite paying a buttload of money for premiums?
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