WOHOO!! Maria has tossed her crutches in the trash. She can walk!!! It is completely amazing to see how much bone mass (is it called that at all?) that has been produced around her femur fracture (take a look!) in the past 3 months, and it is so uber nice to see how her hard work has paid off.
As we all know, I’m not really there yet.
Apparently, I managed to tear off some of my ligaments in my right ankle during the accident. I found out because I’m such a clutz – I missed my appointment with my usual physiotherapist (since I managed to misread my call and somehow thought that I would meet her on a Saturday. Hm. Yes, I know. I am ashamed), and didn’t notice my idiocracy until just after she had left Sweden for some place much nicer and warmer for two weeks. So I had to find a stand-in. Turned out that the stand in was even better than the original.
I have actually been thinking about going to a physiotherapist specialized on sports medicine for quite some time, but I just haven’t gotten to it. Now I finally did. Good on me.
First, he discovered my torn ligaments, and that I have less strength in my right calf than someone who took their 3-month cast off yesterday. Voilà – the reason for why I can’t walk.
Second, he analyzed my rehab-program. Decided that I was over-rehabbed and gave me a new very short program that focuses solely on my ankles and calves. Mission 1 – get in shape to walk.
Third, and really most importantly, he listened to me, or more just read the shit out of me I think. Told me that biking and skiing was the best sports ever for the type of injury that I have…
YES, HE DID IT!
Then he agreed that it was a good idea to go to the gym every other day and lift some weights. But then he added, “I think that it would be good for you to add another rehab exercise – go biking for 60 min outside the days that you are not in the gym. Just place the pedal a bit further back underneath your right foot so that you can push a bit more without hurting your ankle”.
YES, HE SAID IT!!
“The biking is not so much for your legs, more for your mind”. Mission 2 – Don’t go mental.
I think I like this guy, a lot.
I now know that it WILL take forever until I am back to where I want to be. And I will probably go a bit mental along the way. But it still feels soooooo good to have met someone that I feel completely understand me, and to know why the hell I can’t walk. Now I can focus on that. And bike.
So this weekend, I and Maria took our bikes on a small tour along the river. My first medically prescribed bike tour.
It was glorious.