I’ve been holding out on you guys a little bit. I’m done with my post-op PT, I had my last appointment back at the end of March. Valerie used her sweet writing and drawing skills to make me this one last menu of exercises. It will undoubtedly make me sound like a geezer, but I can’t help saying that she must be the last younger person to have such nice handwriting.
I’ve got a really great transition from PT. Valerie just started teaching an off-ice strength and conditioning class at the rink with one session for the kids and one for the adults the next hour. We had just two people the first week, four the second week. Valerie says there’s no point fighting her way home through the infamous Seattle traffic at the end of the kids’ class so she’ll hold the adult class even with a low census. Sounds good and I’m enjoying it so far.
One wrinkle (there’s always a wrinkle, right?) is that my knee pain is a bit flared up with all this hip work and skating. I saw the physiatrist for that yesterday, wondered if he would say what I’ve heard before. He did: it’s patellofemoral pain. He wants me to stretch out my quads and hip flexors and do a bit of PT. It might also be pain from old trauma but there’s nothing to do about that part. I’m so done with PT that for now that I’ll just do some stretches, foam roll, and rest a little.
We talked a little about that “avoid falls” instruction I’d gotten from my surgeon. The physiatrist and I are the same age and have both had various mishaps. We agreed that we get the advice, smile, and keep on doing what we’re doing.
About that rest? I’m testing my Fourteenstep in a week, so the three days I just had off skating may have to do for now. I signed up for the test, on the late side, today, so it doesn’t yet seem all that real yet. I wonder if I will still feel so mellow about it when I realize that it’s really happening. Unlikely.
I’ve been working on the Fourteenstep and Foxtrot for two years now with various breaks for freestyle programs and when I was off the ice. Ty says my Fourteenstep is ready enough if I remember to get good, consistent leg extensions throughout the dance. I hope I can keep my concentration and do what I need to do. I’ll let you know, wish me luck!