Yesterday I managed without crutches for the whole day and I actually walked a reasonable amount, pretty slowly and short distances but I was definitely moving. As my leg was a little achy I feared the worst and mentally prepared myself for being in intense pain later that day, I’m happy to say that didn’t occur.
This morning I had my physio appointment and the verdict is that it may take twelve weeks to fully repair and recover strength but that it could have been a lot worse! I have to be careful walking, not too far or too fast, but have been cleared for swimming, he even said that I could try the exercise bike and rowing machine at the gym and in a few weeks the cross-trainer. I have a couple of simple strengthening exercises to do three times a week, progressing in difficulty through four stages and when I conquer all these, it’s then time to try gentle jogging. He’ll review progress in six weeks.
Overall it’s good news, I’m so pleased I can get back to swimming and I’m sure I’ll tolerate the gym if it’s helping. I’ll leave you with the physio’s words, “it’s slow and boring but it works”.