This week I believe that I may be turning the corner as far as progress with my physical therapy. Not only have I cut back on my use of the pain medication, but my pain level during the PROM (Jason) exercises has decreased. It is not near as torturous.
Last week Jason scolded me for not pushing the pain envelope when I do my AROM exercises at home. So, I ratcheted up the level of pain I was subjecting myself to, and I believe it may have helped my progress.
Jason also told me last week that I should drop down to 1 pain pill instead of 2 before I come in for therapy. I did that and I can’t tell any difference, except that I am more alert.
Today I asked Jason if I was 50% of the way in my therapy. To my surprise, he said that we may be that far. That alone was a huge encouragement.
I also asked him how long before I could be without pain. He said that I could expect to be in pain for 4 to 6 months from the date of my surgery.
Following my therapy appointment, I had an appointment with my surgeon today. He basically said to keep doing what I am presently doing. Nothing new, just “keep on, keepin on.”
Finally, I am leaving tomorrow to go out of town for 2 weeks to visit family in upstate New York. I will continue to do the AROM exercises every day while I’m there. I asked the therapist whether this would set me back, and he said that it would NOT. So, it will be a break from Jason’s PROM therapy which is the roughest part. I am hoping that I’ll feel well enough to really enjoy myself and get my mind off of the therapy sessions for a little while.