With this month being graduation season it’s fitting I had a graduation of sorts this week. I graduated or completed in home physical therapy.
While I still have a ways to go, it’s has been good to see the progress I have made in just two months since my brain surgery. When I started PT, I was doing minimal exercises in a chair, like lifting my arms and legs. I couldn’t even walk down the hall without a cane and struggled with basic tasks.
Now I can walk around the block and most places without a cane, do most daily tasks and do more complex exercises like waking backwards, walking lunges and balance and coordination exercises.
One of the hardest exercises I’ve had to do is the “sobriety test” aka walk in a straight line, one foot in front of the other. Seriously, try it. It’s not as easy as it looks even without drinking!
The on site physical therapy is going to be harder but it’s what I need to get stronger and as close to “normal” as possible. Physical therapy is tiring and fatigue is one of the hardest things I am still dealing with since my surgery. But the ability to do more with my kids and family has been worth it.
Just like school is a lot of work and a grind to complete, physical therapy has been too. While I didn’t get a degree or wear a cap or gown, I am proud of the progress I’ve made and the fact that I am able to move on to the next level.
On site physical therapy here I come!
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