I’m 2 1/2 weeks post injury and I gotta tell you, it’s been really hard. I’m not sure what’s hurting more at this point, my psyche or my ankle. My funk is very much back. I’m hoping that returning to some semblance of normal life will help, but I’m admittedly terrified it wont.
I started physio on Thursday. It’s only one visit, but I really liked the therapist and felt he was very thorough, very understanding of my challenges and limitations and needs for returning to work, and returning to real life. He gave me a bunch of exercises to do at home to help restore strength, mobility, stability and function. That being said, my fears were realized and at the end of the day I was in tremendous pain again. I know it’s a means to an end, but it’s so hard. And the return of such strong pain frustrated the heck out of my psyche.
So – I’m sitting down and writing a list, of reasons to rehab, so that every pain in this process will be so worth it when I can:
- Be independent again – most notably, drive (tho the gas savings has been fab!)
- Return to yoga (my psyche needs it but my body is so not ready for it yet – and a partial class would do more harm to my fragile psyche)
- Learn to make canned peaches with my dear friend in August as planned
- Enjoy my “me” days again – that involve driving, walking, nourishing my soul
- Tear up the strip in Vegas in September (and Grand Canyon, Fremont St, etc.) I just finalized all my bookings yesterday and I’m VERY excited to return and do some of the things I didn’t get to last year, and repeat some of the things I loved.
- Maybe tackle some of the things on the list I wanted to try this summer (standup paddleboarding), and try new things (trampoline fun!) on the urging of my physio (ok ok, he recommended the mini-trampoline, but I think it would be fun to go big and go to one of those bounce zones!)
- Yank the weeds from my garden so I can see the flowers hidden below (That may just be a great metaphor for life at times)
- Pedicure!! Oh my I so need one but the thought of any sort of massage to the foot right now is terrifying!!
Those 8 reasons are a fantastic start. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to learn how to walk again (yes, really).