Tuesday, March 03, 2009

First post-op swim and other observations

So I went swimming for the first time today since surgery. I still have to wear the knee brace and use the crutches for at least another two weeks, so I had to use the pull buoy, though I expected that. Swimming was hard. I managed to do 4 laps (2, then stopping to catch my breath, then 2 more) before feeling enough pain that I had to stop. In defense of swimming, I was actually in pain before I went, but I wanted to at least see what it was like. I have lost so much mucscle control and use that my leg was literally flapping behind me as it was basically being dragged. I couldn't even stabilize it without hooking my feet together. It felt extremely weird. I also got really tired really quickly. I'm going to try to go back Thursday and see if it is any easier.

Also, I've made a few interesting observations. The other day, I thought about it, and I realize that for the last 3 1/2 weeks, I spend, on non physical therapy days, approximately 22-23 hours on my couch. On PT days, that's down to about 19-20 (woohoo!). This is having quite an interesting effect on my mood, and my view of the world. Mostly, it's not in a good way. I also noticed I am not eating a whole lot. I drink a lot of water b/c my apartment gets dry, but I just am not eating much. I think I was afraid that being totally sedentary would cause me to gain a bunch of weight, so I cut back on my eating. Anyway, I got on a scale today for the first time since the day before surgery. After being on my couch for 3 1/2 weeks, I am 2 pounds lighter than I was before surgery. It's pretty bad. I need to eat, probably a lot more.

Oh well. At least I know what I need to do -- keep swimming and it will get easier eventually, and eat more/smarter.


Lisa said...

wow, good for you for getting in that pool in the first place!

also, I suggest you take up knitting, seriously.

peter said...

Where do I go to register for that weight loss program, three weeks on the couch to lose two pounds! ;-) Get better, and keep swimming (it must be nice when you get outside in the zero windchill weather we're having with wet hair).

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Way to go, Joe! You, unlike the rest of us slugs, have a good excuse to wait till the weather's nice before going outside for a run.

Man, your blog's doing it again - claiming I linked to it, which I DIDN'T. McM Mama's is, too, as is Sarah's (Junk Miles).

Believe me, you do NOT want your good name besmirched - yes, I said "besmirched"!1! - by being associated with THAT post of mine, because it's all about "feet" (nudge-nudge wink-wink knowwhatimean?).

(I mean penises.)