Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I heart crutches
Its hard to believe that I'm still not walking. No weight bearing yet for me. I'm at the 7 1/2 week mark. I hate crutches, but if I didn't have them I would be nowhere. So, in the end, I love my crutches.
No, I'm not riding outside yet. Its not prudent. But, Tim did get me a three wheeler for when I do. The only glitch is that it is a coaster brake and a one speed. Hills are kinda hard on the red miami sun. I know this because Tim gave me a backie on it to go see a movie( Gonzo: Hunter S. Thompson Story). That was exciting and probably not very prudent. But you have to find the edges or else you are in the donut hole.
I actually have been loving spending so much time at home and have zero race and travel related stress. I didn't realize how uptight and stressed I was this last year. Its so counter productive to optimal performance. Watching Michael Phelps do his thing at the Olympics really reminded me of how important it is to be relaxed, to smile and laugh even during serious athletic events. Even when you are going for 8 gold medals, you have to let all the work you've done to get there be your ultimate confidence. Next time you go to a sporting event look at the competitors faces. Look for the athletes that don't have that furrow in their brow. It will only be a few, probably.
I got to see my Aunt Mary who is visiting from Africa. She has been a missionary nun/nurse in Tanzania for over 30 years. She is 85 and still kicking it. She is very energitic, generous and productive. She is really fun to hang out with as well. She has beautiful white hair and a quick walk. The picture is with my mom and Aunt Betty.
My leg is doing better( I guess?) I don't have much pain at all. I get weird little twinges as the weather changes but that is it. the swelling has gone down immensely, but its still swollen and a light purple color unless I'm just getting out of the pool after swimming.
The PT is progressing for strength and range of motion. Today, they tried putting kinesio tape for the swelling. Its a Japanese technique. This is what you saw on Kerri Walsh's shoulder in the Olympic beach volleyball matches. It looks cool. And you know I'll try just about anything.
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