You read that correctly: I am rocking the unassisted walking (for the most part). This week marked the entrance to my next phase of recovery, and it has been quite the learning curve. My body is absolutely freaking out with all the changes.
Sunday – pt exercises
We had a quiet day. Little man came home from his overnight campout and we helped him get unpacked and organized. After the morning’s drizzle, everything was pretty gross and needed a good wipe down and drying.
Monday – 6 weeks post-op appointment
If you didn’t read about Monday’s update, I’ll link it here. For me, it was a very emotional day, full of anxiety and crying. My six weeks post-op went as planned, my healing is on track, and my surgeon prescribed some things to help with my residual nerve pain. Did I walk out of that office on my own two feet? Yup.
Of course, after that, I was spent. I broke down several times that evening, from sheer exhaustion and relief. Poor Mr PugRunner had to keep talking me through my tears. Now that I was able to manage unassisted walking, the emotions just couldn’t be stopped.
Tuesday – rest
I was spent from Monday and so I took a bit of a rest day. Despite how awful I felt, I did make it a point to get out of bed and go downstairs, but I was dreaming of naps all day.
My new medication also makes me a bit groggy, so it was a good idea for me to stay close to my couch in cozy leggings and slippers. I chose these because they are bulky, and the pugs hate them, which means they wouldn’t be bumping my foot much.
I was able to take a glorious nap in the afternoon, which made everything so much better. Naps are my favorite and I’ve been avoiding them so that I get to sleep better at night. This time, I couldn’t resist.
Wednesday – pt exercises
Wednesday brought with it a nasty headache. I wasn’t sure if it was hormones or getting used to the meds, but it lingered all day.
On a fun note, my first Nuun order arrived and I am so excited for my favorite flavors and new trucker!
Thursday – pt exercises
My parents came over for breakfast and a visit on Thursday. It was nice to have them, even though I got a little groggy by the end of their stay.
Since little man doesn’t have any extra activities on Thursday afternoons, I asked him if he would help me with my PT exercises. Everyone got in on the action.
Friday – pt exercises + glutes
Friday turned out to be a long day. Mr PugRunner had to work late, and little man had to pack and tidy up before going to my parents house for the night. Papa came over and brought pizza for dinner and then they headed out. Mr PugRunner had a meeting and I started watching The Morning Show while I was alone. What a gut punch. I highly recommend it.
Saturday – stationery bike + chest + core + pt exercises
Mr PugRunner wanted to get me out for a bit and suggested we get to the gym for some bike riding. I am cleared for the stationery bike, and so I gave that a go.
I also threw in some reps on the shoulder/chest press machine, Russian twist and V-ups with the weighted ball and donkey kicks. Right now, there aren’t a lot of options for glutes and thighs, so I’m trying to do what I can.
And on a lighter note:
This dog is not spoiled at all. Now, she’s getting rides in the laundry basket.
Little man got home later in the afternoon – they had trekked down to Daytona for the farmer’s/flea market and some outlet shopping. He had just enough time to change and then head out with Mr PugRunner for dinner and service hours with his Scout troop.
So my big goal has been to get walking unassisted, and we’ve achieved that! Yay!
I will restart at PT on Monday. This week, I had to take it easy as I adjusted to life without a boot and medication for my nerve pain. I usually don’t take anything stronger than Tylenol so this was a bit of an adjustment.
There is, however, good news and bad news. The bad news is that I will miss Best Damn Race Safety Harbor this upcoming weekend. We planned a fabulous getaway with a rental house full of running buddies, the 10K + 5K challenge and lots of fun. Since I’m still not driving, I won’t get to attend even as cheer squad, and I am so sad.
Making up for it, however, is the Sisterhood Conference I’ll attend in February for the St. Augustine Moms. I’ll have a ride and I feel confident that I will be strong enough to attend sessions, as well as put in some time at the parks. So that’s exciting.
Also, I’m attending this incredible event, handling social media, this week. The 5th Annual SOUPer Bowl is a fundraiser to help put an end to student hunger in our county. Even though I don’t have a child in the high school where this is a service project, I am so glad to lend a hand (and even more glad that I will be well enough to go!)
And so it’s off on the next leg of this (endless) journey.
Will you be joining me at any of the Best Damn Races? Don’t forget to register with my BDR discount code RUNSWITHPUGS to save on any distance at any BDR location! Remember, the code for Safety Harbor will expire on 1/17 so don’t miss out!
How was your week in training?
Do new medications throw you for a loop?