Yesterday afternoon I had another appointment with Paul, the physical therapist. Almost immediately I asked him about the difficulties I am having in my right leg. He said it may be because I am not putting my full weight on the left leg, so the right is picking up too much. I said no, I am not skimping on using my full weight on the left. So he suggested that I try using my cane in the other hand for a few days to see if the legs can even out the load. I'm trying that.
He worked on pressing the knee down more, then flexing it, then pressing, then flexing. Most of the work initially was on straightening the knee. At the end of this part of the session he measured the range of motion and the extension - I am up to about 122 degrees flex and down to -5 degrees extension. That last five degrees reminds me of "that last five pounds". The hardest to get rid of.
Then the bike, ten minutes at level 5 as compared to fifteen at level 4, which I did handily, again, averaging probably 65 rotations per minute. I guess that's hardly fast, is it?? But good enough. Lastly I got the stim machine again, this time both legs, ten minutes of straightening both for ten seconds on, ten seconds off. I'm glad we're paying some extra attention to the right leg too now.
I told Paul I'd be meeting with trainer Clara soon and what might I tell her about what I can work on. He said the extension (as explained), the bike of course, the leg press - but ask if there is another piece of equipment similar to the Total Gym for that. And he said she can call him. I felt like he was more open to my using the gym this time than the last time I asked, probably because I said the name Clara. She can make sure I don't hurt myself.
I made my way home stiffly, as usual. What will I do when I no longer have a physical therapist to look forward to? Honestly, it's going to be hard! I am so glad that I have managed to stretch it out as long as I have.