Had physical therapy again this morning. Last week was the eval session one day & follow up one day. [http://blog.scottsontherocks.com/blog/2016/12/20/physical-therapy-122016/ ] Ashley went w/ me to the second one and there was an attempt made to put my arm above my head, which doesn’t happen. then i got to pretend “fly like an airplane”… think lying on tummy (on one of those massage tables w/ a face hole) and she had me try and hold my arms level. can’t do that either. clearly there is NO muscle memory on the left side.
i tried to practice that at home but i don’t have a cool “face down table” thing, and unless someone tells me if my arms are level, i can’t tell if i’m Superman or not 😉
she started out holding a tender spot on my neck again and i guess i also said something in conversation that changed the plan for today, cuz she promptly beat on me and made me cry 😉 ok not really I’ve been saying, “no pain, no gain… unless your brain falls out your ears, then it doesn’t matter if you’re in pain, you should stop” ;-P
She decided there are muscles and nerves and blood vessels and we gotta figure out which we can mess w/ and “release” etc. and i’m actually ok w/ this, I CANNOT hold my arm over my head w/out bursting into tears, can’t even get it close to “up” so i need someone w/ more “knowing than me” to help me figure it out [we won’t dwell on WHY this wasn’t already done] I told her if she was ok w/ tears, i was ok w/ pain… and Jeff sat there and ignored us 🙂 he actually realized at some point during our discussions that he has a TENS unit for sciatic backpain and she recommended how to use that to help maybe “desensitize” some of my spots
This PT session was pretty intense & yes I cried but I also learned a bit about what is blood flow I cannot block off (what little i have on that side for now) and what are just muscles that don’t know what to do because, as she said”they had a stroke and haven’t been properly trained how to recover”
i better sleep good tonight!