Going back to work has been a nice change of pace for me, but man the first couple of days put a toll on my body. I basically went from virtually doing nothing all day to working 9 hour days, not counting the hour each way of driving time for my commute. Work itself was fine, and I was able to slide right back into a groove, however using crutches really taxes your whole body. Every little thing I do takes longer to do and requires more effort from my whole body. Needless to say the first two days, my body was extremely tired and sore from it all. The third day wasn't to bad, but it was a really long day. I had my second PT appointment before work, so I had to get up at 5am because its an hour drive there as well and everything takes me twice as long to do to get ready in the morning. After PT I headed to work which was another 9 hour day and on my way home I stopped to get my hair cut and pick up one final gift for Mandy. Phew, I was tired. I have Christmas Eve off, so I got to rest my body a little, and having Christmas Day off as well gave my body time to recharge. Plus, I got to go see Star Wars again!!!!!!
My second PT appointment went great. Alisha is very happy with the progress I made in just one week. She told me that other patients she has treated with the same surgery have taken several more weeks post surgery to get where I am at to this point. She did a bunch of the usually things you expect during a therapy session, such as pushing, pulling, twisting and stretching. Nothing extreme, just trying to keep things loose and maintain my range of motion. With my progress she has modified my at home work to include three light and easy muscle building moves like, leg lifts while laying on my back, leg lifts while laying on my side and a super modified plank to work the abs a little. Again I am to do the routine 2 to 3 times a day till my next appointment a week later. She again stressed to me that main reason for taking things slow is due to the tissue in the joint needing time to heal properly. I need to continue making sure I don't put to much weight on the leg which could mess up the repair work and all of this would be for nothing.