Happy Accidents

I was doing my yoga last week and I had a thrilling moment when I sat down, absently and automatically placing my legs in Lotus.

One of the things I miss most in the two years since the accident shattered my knee is sitting tailor  fashion with my legs crossed. I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I am, as one friend likes to say, vertically challenged–5’0″ on a good day. So I frequently sat cross-legged when my feet didn’t reach the floor, or when I had to sit on the floor, or any opportunity that it would seem comfortable.

They did a fabulous job getting my knee back together, but the muscles are very tight and I still can’t bend my knee enough to sit on my heels. At least, not without some hysterical screaming from the pain. I try to avoid that.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t really been trying to increase the bend. I can ride, and run, and work around most yoga moves, so I figured it is what it is. When I stretch out, I push the leg to bend as much as possible, but I wasn’t doing any special PT to make it bend more.

I still have to wear a light brace everyday to give it support.  I use a pull-on neoprene for most daily use, and a bit heavier one for actual exercise. I have tried twice to give it up, once last March (my leg didn’t like it at all), and once last August (my leg was fine the first week but quite unhappy the second). I will probably try again this summer, but if I have to wear a brace on my leg for the rest of my life in order to be active, I can live with that.

But I am gleeful beyond description that an ability I figured lost to me forever has returned. It’s not perfect, my right leg is three or four inches in front of the left one if the left one is tucked in properly. But it IS a cross-legged position 🙂 and-

-I can sit in Lotus at the end of my practice, breathing deeply and happily.

Weekly Rundown

Ah, another week of rehab!  I am getting better every day, at least that is what I tell myself 🙂 I did take a few days off from the Physical Therapy moves, but that is because I did other things that may have made me tired. I think it was a great week in all.

Monday: I did a mere 10 reps of my arm/leg exercises, because I took a lovely walk down the driveway. Finally, I made it outside.

Tuesday: I was tired and sleepy all day, but I did manage to do 10 more reps. Because the next day was supposed to hit 60, I knew we needed to take the horse’s blankets off. They have two, a rain layer and a fleece layer, and if I had been myself for the last three weeks, I would have been taking the under layer off and on with the weather. But it definitely needed to be done now.

So my neighbor, my husband and I went out to the barn. Charby has been giving my husband grief (she does that to new people), and I wanted to be there to help.  Getting me into the barn was fun!! My original plan was to hold Charby’s lead and talk to her while they did the blanket work, but I also wanted to have her attached to the lead in the stall in case the moved and I couldn’t hold her. Silly mare was very interested in the hay on the floor of the tack room, and they would have had to pull her away to attach the other lead. So she ate hay and ignored me while they took her under blanket off. She did raise her head and let me rub her face every time I said her name, so I guess she might have missed me. She wasn’t leaving the stall, so they had to do Christopher Robin outside (he is so much easier) and I didn’t get to see him as much. But, I got out to the barn and saw the horses!!

Wednesday: being lazy, I skipped the arms and just did the legs. Which I suppose are more important right now anyway. A simple 15 reps. My friend Kate came over, we  had decided to re-watch the original Star Wars trilogy, so today was A New Hope.

Thursday: I did some yoga stretching and 15 reps of my arm/leg exercises. And then the Empire Strikes Back !

Friday: I took off as we ran errands and went searching for a car, mine having been totalled. I did walk around the car lot quite a bit, which I considered my exercise for the day.

Saturday: I was at home by myself, so I decided I needed to increase my exercises. I did two reps of 15 of each of my exercises and felt pretty darn good afterwards.

Sunday: off again! But we went out to breakfast and then to the grocery store. First time I attempted a grocery store, but I made it all the way around. I was quite happy, although I went out to sit in the car while he paid, standing around while they bagged everything seemed tedious at best.

Weekly Rundown

Another week of rehab. I managed to slow my weight loss (yes, that is a good thing) to just one pound. Sadly, I had to eat chocolate to do it. The suffering I go through 😉

I also lost a bit of my flexibility in my knee. Guess I didn’t work hard enough. I have about six different leg exercises to do, and I have added some light weight work for my arms as well. But I haven’t worked my walking–getting my knee to flex–and free flexing of my knee enough.

I focused on getting around the house more, and washing dishes, folding laundry. I was trying to a) get back to a normal life; and, b) I wanted to help out the husband. My husband has been marvelous! He has been cooking, cleaning and taking care of me tirelessly. But I hate that everything is on his shoulders. So I try to help.

This week will be more focused on bending that knee! I also want to look into “seated yoga”, something we did in the hospital. I can’t do yoga yet, and I believe my regular readers will understand how much that chafes.  I am getting a bit better, I can reach my hand down below my knee. Next thing you know, I will be able to put my own sock on! (goals for next week)