I had the most amazing experience this morning. I had my first PT appointment! The physical therapist was so wonderful. She evaluated me and is seeking authorization from my insurance company for six visits.
We had an incredible talk. She was very pleased that I was "different than her usual patient". I like being different. Especially when it is in a positive way.
When she asked me my goals, I did not say to reduce pain. I said, "To be able to return to the gym and not only gain what I lost, but move forward in a more calm and aware manner."
We talk about proper form and posture. She gave me a few sheets of wonderful stretches, with pictures.
And she suggested that I return to the gym, but first only water exercise and hot tub. And lots of stretching.
When I return, she will evaluate me for pain and mobility, but she is going to focus on assisting me tailor my workout! She said she wants me to be kind to myself and increase my awareness.
This I can do!
I feel quite hopeful. After my appointment, I went home and helped my daughter prep about a month's worth of crockpot meals to freeze and pull out as needed. We then had a healthy lunch and she went to a meeting. I practiced my piano a bit and then went to the gym. I did a few laps in the pool. She recommended just walking - forward and backwards while working my arms. Then a quick soak.
I feel great!
The back is still a bit stiff, but she says low back injuries take time.
I am now at my library office, blogging. I couldn't wait to get here and share my PT experience with you all!
I am also re-evaluating my state of mind. I think I have been quite passive aggressive since I decided to make drastic changes in my life. This includes re-entering the dating realm.
I am going to focus on my health, my family, my spiritual relationship with God, my work and my friends. I will enjoy the male interaction when it happens, but not pursue it.
(Although I do have a possible dinner date with "I" on Wednesday. If it is meant to be, it will be!)
I am continuing to work on portion control and eating whole, nutritious foods, especially now that Thanksgiving has passed.
My PT also told me to be aware of my body and cautious, but not to fear injury. She says injuries happen to everyone. And usually we do recover.
I keep on learning!