|Not my knee, but I was tempted today to take a picture|
I had my second visit with the amazing Dr. Carly today. I’d call my feeling, as I left, “guarded optimism.” After months of not running, the word I see there is optimism.
During my first visit ten days ago, she (like me) was a bit taken back by the lack of progress my knee had seen. So, she gave me the works: Dry Needling (with added electronics), adjusting, ART (active release therapy), stretching, exercises, you name it. Then said, “you can’t run for two weeks.” What? The issue seems to not just be my knee, but everything around my knee which all is appearing to be way too weak. I was sent home with some exercises. I’m not good with exercises, I confess, but this time I have been diligent.
Friday I walked six miles easily without pain or discomfort (by the way, I have run six miles THOUSANDS of time but never walked that far). Saturday I was getting around REALLY well. Sunday I went fishing and did a little scampering on a sandy hill with no discomfort. Yesterday, I walked the stairs at home like a real live person, and look Ma, no hands. So I was ready for my visit. Maybe a little cocky even.
Today, more needles, some cool mini-jackhammer thing, some big-time hip flexing and many compliments about how well I was doing. On my post session walk, my good knee felt worse than my “bad” one. SO…… I hope to run next week. I want to make sure there are no setbacks when I get back into it, so I might be being a little overly cautious (and I’m okay with that).
Send me a good vibe if you can spare one and run on….