PT re-evaluation

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   Posted 6/23/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the PT evaluation today. I think it went better than what I expected. I walked around this indoor track for 6 minutes. My percentage was 45% today. On June 3rd, it was 38%. That is a 7% increase in 3 weeks. On the back strength and mobility, today is was 33%. Before it was 24%. That is a 9% increase.  So even though the numbers aren't a significant increase, a little is better than none at all. He said for me to go to the pain management appt and the ortho. appt on Friday. He will send the paperwork with his recommendations to my ortho(surgeon). He does want me to continue the PT in the water for a couple more weeks, 5 more sessions. And then do another eval at that point. Then he said we'll probably go to "land" equipment. He told me that I have been doing the water therapy at 25% of my body weight. And yesterday, it was increased to 30%. He did say that we could get more aggressive with the water and do different things.
So, I just wanted to let all of you know how things stand. I guess I'll know more on Friday when I go to both appts. I assume I'll know more about when to go back to work. On the last paperwork the doctor sent in,it said approx. date of return to work was the 29th. I hope that  date will change. As much as I want to go back, I know I am just not there yet.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great you can actually see your progress! But that's exactly how it will come - slow and, hopefully, steady, although if you have a setback along the line don't let it get you down!

And I would talk with your doctor about the work issue. You have the right to provide your input about how you're feeling about those job duties. You're imroving, so if I were you I'd err on the cautious side so you don't overdo something. And remember the possibility of going back slowly - like a couple of hours a day, when you feel ready. Then you can build up your stamina.

Great news about the improvements!


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   Posted 6/23/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news Anice, I agree with what Pa says slow and steady!  Listen to your body and be careful with the water exercises, its so easy to overdo there because we don't feel what we are doing till hours later!


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   Posted 6/25/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Anice,

I am down with bronchitis but have been wondering how you are coming along. Woohoo, you are making headway. Thats awesome. Yes, slow steady improvement is the key to rehab. Remember, listen to your body.

Keep up the good work it is paying off, I knew you could do it. Concentrate on your task at hand and the work return will fall into place. Keep up the good work!!!

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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Anice, way to go. I bet it feels good to see the progress after being down for so long. Keep up the good work and hope you are also feeling better as those numbers climb higher.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anice,

Congrats! Those numbers may not be "significant" in terms of statistics, but they sure are, & should be, significant to you! Keep working at it! You'll get there!

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