Stiff But Solid
I gave my new knees their first test today. The riding arena is in dire need of a thorough poo picking, so I decided it would be a good chance for me to see how things felt and if I could push the wheelbarrow.
Success on all fronts! I only did two almost full barrows. It actually felt good to push against the weight with my legs, so I figure they got a good workout. It may not be standard physical therapy, but it was exercise. And, I am most happy to report that the stability in my new joints is striking. My legs felt really solid under me! What a difference from what I've been feeling all these years!
It actually makes me quite excited for how I will feel in the future once all the stiffness and swelling are gone.
There is still some heat and swelling in my knee joints, and the muscles get stiff and sore if I sit or stand in one position too long. During exercises, including the therapy, my muscles do not hurt. (This for Claire.) It is afterwards, when they have rested for a bit. The muscle fibers need to stretch and contract repeatedly in order to get stronger and once I am done working out, sometimes they want to cramp up. Massage, heat, and moving definitely helps and I am already noticing that they are feeling better a little at a time.
The swelling in the knees is not extreme either, but after therapy that too increases. So the treatment is ice packs.
I have been trying to stretch each knee myself, but it's not quite the same as when my therapist works on it for me. If you've ever had an injury that needs therapy, I am sure you will understand.
While I was picking the arena, Chance came over to "help." First, he needed a snuggle. Then, he needed to knock the wheelbarrow over so I had to fork everything back in all over again.
Does that mean I actually cleaned up three wheelbarrows full?