Archive for June, 2011

6 week post-op update

Today I had my 6 week checkup and everything looks great.  I’ve still got a lot of progress to make but I think I’m past where most people are by this point.  Going to rehab and being in decent shape before I got hurt makes a big difference.  I go to rehab twice a week and do exercises at home (sometimes) also.

I had been using 1 crutch beginning two weeks after surgery and had been using it until about a week and a half ago.  I was still wearing my brace for stability but I started to ween myself off that also.  At therapy yesterday they pretty much told me to quit wearing the brace and that’s fine with me.  I’ve been in some sort of brace for almost 3 months and today has been the first day that I haven’t worn one at all.  And it feels great!  And I can quit wearing the same four pairs of pants to work (I only had a few pairs that were wide enough to fit over that huge brace).  Doesn’t this thing look like fun?

I feel pretty stable and somewhat strong on my left left but my quad strength is the main area where I need to improve.  My legs aren’t big to begin with but yesterday they were comparing my quads to each other and they kept saying “look how tiny that little left one is.”  Several times.  But it really is that tiny so I couldn’t say much.

I’ll keep going to therapy for a while longer but even after I’m done with that I’ll still have several months until I’m fully recovered.  The hardest part of the recovery is that it hasn’t been linear.  By that I mean there’s been a lot of two steps forward and 1 step back days.  It’s frustrating to me since I’d like to keep getting better and better without any regression but that’s not how this game is played.  But now I’ve learned that lesson and I’m ready to keep chugging along.


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Swim Lessons for Taylor

Taylor had her first day of swim lessons today at the YMCA and she did so well!  We’ve been wanting to put her in lessons for a while now and finally bit the bullet.  She has a healthy fear of the water, and for that I am glad.  I must admit it’s annoying at times when I’m trying to get her to let go of me at my Dad’s swimming pool, but I’m thankful she’s not fearless and that she won’t just jump into the water thinking she’s invincible.

She has a sweet little instructor named Bridgette.  Her class level is called Pike and according to the flyer they will learn the following:  water adjustment; swim away from wall and swim back with help; front and back float for 20 seconds with or without belt; paddle on front, back and sides 10 yds. with belt and 5 ft. without; know how and when to call for help, reaching assist, use PFD’s.

Today there was only one other child in her class, but I’m thinking more may join because its supposed to be a class minimum of 4 and max of 6.  We shall see.  I don’t mind at all if it’s a small class.  I don’t think that “the more, the merrier” really fits this situation.  Anyway, the other little girl attended the swim lesson session prior to this one, but didn’t pass. Her mom said she thinks the Pike class level is difficult to pass.  Uh-oh. But really, even if she doesn’t pass I know she’ll learn important skills and gain confidence.  I could see a difference already at the end of the 30 minute lesson today!

They started out by sitting on the edge of the pool with their feet in and practiced kicking and placing their hands in the proper way to pull water during an arm stroke.  Then they moved on to “safety slides” which is how they safely enter the water by putting both hands on one side of their body on the pool deck, turn over to put their stomach on the side of the pool and slowly slide into the water, while holding onto the side. You got it?  Can you picture that?  She caught on quickly. Next was a bit scarier.  She started out hanging on to Bridgette for dear life during the part where the instructor helped her swim travel from one side of the pool to the other while kicking her legs and doing “big arms.”  The first time or two she would only kick, but wouldn’t use her arms because that would require her to let go of Bridgette, but after a few times, she was kicking AND using both arms!  See?!  Progress already!  Meanwhile, Caroline just hung out, literally, in the Baby Bjorn.  I love you, Baby Bjorn!  (Side note: That was one of my best $5 yard sale purchases EVER!  I wasn’t even pregnant with Taylor yet when I bought it.  We were visiting Nick’s brother and sister-in-law when they lived in North Carolina, and I tried to talk my sister-in-law, who was pregnant at the time, into buying it.  She didn’t want it, so I jumped on that deal.  What.A.Steal!)

Here are some pictures I took! I’m not sure how to put captions on the pictures using this particular slideshow program, sorry! Let’s hope the rest of the lessons go as well as today!

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For those of you who haven’t seen Tay Tay in the last week or so, here’s a picture of her big haircut.  She was so excited to get it cut short and had talked about it for a while.  We loved her long hair but she was ready to cut it.  It’s only the second haircut she’s ever gotten.  They cut off 8 inches so we’ll donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lenghts.


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