It’s been two weeks since my surgery and last week I officially became “crutch free”. This was my first time using crutches and to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan. Why?
Here are my top five reasons:
5. Getting up during the night or early in the morning requires a new level of “alertness”.
4. Transporting oneself from point A to point B requires twice the time and in some cases a whole new approach.
3. Professionalism can be questioned when the briefcase is substituted for a “knapsack” on my back.
2. Regardless of what you do to them, or you, crutches are not fashionable.
1. It’s impossible to carry a cup of coffee (something I need!) throughout the day!
So what’s next? My physical therapy started on October 21st at the Orthopedic Specialty
Center. Initially, my range of motion was limited, causing me to walk with a limp. It turned out that my quad muscle was very tight, so Nancy, my therapist, started me with some nice, easy stretching exercises . . . including a massage! That was clearly the highlight of the session.
In subsequent sessions, I’ve started incorporating more strengthening exercises. I now need to focus on all my “homework” – over 11 daily exercises! They’re not too difficult, but committing to them is hard work. Fortunately, the results are quick, which I like.
My goal is to be running again in three months. . . . if not sooner!
Teresa Murphy is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the UVM Medical Center