I had PT today. First time in a little over a month, and I must say it wasn’t that bad. I do my PT twice daily at home, but I haven’t had to take the time to drive into Philly like I was doing weekly before. They were really impressed with my ROM, apparently I am better than “normal” and they were impressed with my strength. 2 points for T. It was the standard appointment, moist heat, manipulation, more manipulation, massage, exercises ( I got bumped up to the blue band, strength level 3) then some stretching. Then I got my lat scars massaged out. Now you hear massage and think “ooohhh, i bet that felt good” no. Nope. Negative. Absolutely freakin not. That crap hurts. But, in the grand scheme of what I have been through, I feel like a huge weenie complaining about a little scar massage. He was very pleased with my progress but told me I look tired and was a bit worried about that. I told him the truth, that I am in a constant state of tired, but it’s tolerable. and honestly, no matter when I would have returned I would be the same amount of tired. It’s a conditioning process and I am still “in training”. I am trying to optimize my diet so that I can ward off all of these colds that are going around (knock on wood), so I can heal faster, lose a few, and be clean inside and out. So, no processed anything, very limited red meat ingestion, no alcohol, fish at least 2 x a week (none from pacific coast or imported from other countries), natural sugars, only from fruit, whole grains only, at least 2 probiotic servings daily (I <3 kefir), olive oil and flax seed oil, a high quality protein serving at every meal, at least 90 oz. of water daily, and lots of green tea. Why am I doing this? If I did something as radical as prophylactically removing my breasts and reconstructing them, wouldn’t it be stupid to shove crap in my mouth? What would be the point of all this if i continue to abuse my body in other ways. It’s kind of a no brainer for me. This surgery is an eye opening experience. Surgery is not the end all fix all for everything, so I need to treat my body like the temple that God created and properly nourish it. Ok, rant over.
So back to the whole title of post. I didn’t have to make a new appointment for PT. Dr. Greaney only has office hours on Monday and Friday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, an outside physical therapy company uses the office for all of the patients that need PT. The nurses are there, and on Wednesdays the nipple tattoo guy is there, but no docs. He is going to come in on April 4th (Friday) when I see Dr. Greaney to evaluate me. He is going above and beyond, coming in to the office on a day that he is not to be there, all to accommodate me. Wow. People do nice things all the time. This helps me so much because I don’t need to make special arrangements with work for another appointment, I can combine the two. I have a feeling that he will release me from PT then. You have all read the words that I have put in this blog about hating PT, but in all honesty, it has helped me more than I care to admit. I am tired daily now, but if I wouldn’t have been put through the vigorous PT, I would be in super bad shape. And I would probably still have T-Rex arms. Apparently most people choose not to do the PT. I can’t imagine they have had such great results like I have. I am thankful for it, no matter how much I bitched about it.
Another hurdle jumped….only a few more to go.