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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Physical therapy and exercising

So how much longer can I sit around in this house without exercising?  I am going crazy in here!  My body is so use to moving and exercising it does not know what to do anymore sitting and laying around.  My poor hip is so sore from sitting.  I can't wait to start moving again.

My plastic surgeon talked to me a little about starting physical therapy.  I jumped at the chance because I love the idea of working with a PT that can help me get moving quicker.  I really want to be proactive on doing things that will help me avoid losing range of motion in my arms and shoulders from my surgery.  I also got full clearance to start doing the post surgery rehabilitation exercises here at home.  I got a jump on that this morning.  I felt stiff this morning, so I waited to do them after I had a nice, long, hot shower so my muscles would be warmed up and not so tight. I did the eight or so exercises and it felt pretty good!  I was a little tight, but not as much as I thought and I felt better after I completed them.  I have to do these twice a day so I will do them again tonight. 

I decided that I am driving again next week.  All I want to do is drive myself to the mall so I can go walking and drive myself to physical therapy.  Oh - one more thing, drive myself to church.  I would love some spiritual time and church.  That has been missing since my surgery.  The mall is only 3 miles from my house so I think I can handle that.  PT is not much further and it's kind of close to my church.   I can't wait to actually get of the house next week by myself!  I promise to not go if it's snowing bad or during rush hour...I swear!

I also started looking into other things to help me get through chemo.  I called on acupuncture. It costs over $100 an hour and they don't bill insurance.  Ouch!  I looked on my insurance company's website and they say they do cover some acupuncture for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.  I am calling about that today!  I am going to find a way to get that covered.  My hospital also offers a yoga class just for cancer patients.  It is offered two days a week (Monday and Thursday)!  I can start 4 weeks after surgery so I am going to do it.  It is done on a drop in basis and only costs $10 per class.  I think that will be a good thing for me.  I am excited about that.  

I also am looking for a massage therapist that works with breast cancer patients.  I have a Spa Finder gift card and hope I can find a way to use it.  That sounds SOOOO good right now.  A massage.  The hard part is you can't just go to any massage therapist now that I am at risk of lymphedema.  I have to find a massage therapist that knows how to deal with this and is specially trained.  I know they must exist so I am going to search for that today. 

I have also been stretching my lower body.  I need to keep doing that.  All of the sitting around is killing me.  My poor hips and butt are sore from being so inactive and sitting around for weeks.  I hope this helps!  I can't wait to get movin' again!  I think it will bring some new life in to me. 

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