I am improving!!
When I think about have I improved from yesterday . . . well . . . I don't see progress. But when I think about how I've improved over the last two weeks I can see progress!
As you would expect, the mobility of my foot and ankle suffered greatly through the 10 weeks on inactivity due to the dislocations and then 6 weeks in a cast on crutches. So I have a long way to go the get back my flexibility and a full range of motion. But I am starting to see progress likely due to my physical therapy . . . Elaine Weisner has been great. Lots of different exercises and things to try.
Both the swelling and the discoloration have improved marginally. I can see and feel a difference but both remain. Elaine has given me several things that hopefully will assist here.
Pain on the bottom of my foot continues with virtually no improvement. That's a little discouraging but honestly the pain is just a 2 or 3. I can deal with that . . . though it would be nice to leave the pain behind!
Over the last three weeks I have been working on my overall fitness and here I am definitely seeing the most progress. I started swimming. My first swim kicked my butt! I could only make it about 25 yards and I was totally out of breath. I rested and swam another 25 yards! I was DONE!
Now I swimming maybe 1,000 yards or more and only resting a little. It was really cool to see the quick progress! Made me feel a little better about myself!
I'm also doing other exercises and progressing there too! So I'm feeling much better about myself finally!
I have done several ~1 mile walks and tomorrow I will be doing even more as I mark part of the Medoc Meltdown 50k course! I'm excited to see how my walking progress is. Even if the doctor said it was okay, I don't believe I would be running quite yet. But once he gives me the "green light" I plan to start testing the waters. But I'll have to watch the pain pretty closely.
With the Meltdown, I'll be spending a lot of time on my feet so this will be a GREAT test!
I honestly thought I would be running by now . . . but I'm guessing my age is playing a factor here (my physical age . . . not my mental age!!). Maybe that's not the reason - I don't know for sure. But progress is slow . . . BUT THERE IS PROGRESS!!!
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