|If attacked, fight back works for a lot of things in life|
|I should probably just stick to writing....|
|You'd be scared to not do your exercises with this guy|
When I was driving home one of the thoughts I had was, well at least I'll have something to tell my physical therapist. Last time he asked me to tell him stories of my adventures the most exciting thing I had was I finished my book. The therapist is really cool though, if The Dude from The Big Levowski was a hand therapist this would be him, he even looks like Jeff Bridges. The first time I was in he was evaluating my strength and flexibility on both hands and after my right hand grip test he asked me what else I do besides biking. I tried to think of all the activities I do related to hand use and rattled off a few, "running, reading, knitting, writing, and swimming, not so much with the swimming and knitting these days because those bother my hand a little much."
"Hmm well your grip strength is off the charts." I thought he was being sarcastic so I laughed and told him some of the guys at the shop call me farm strong. He wasn't kidding though. For a girl my age the normal range is 37-59 pounds. I'm at 87 for my right hand my left hand (which was broken for 5 months) is in the normal range at 39. He's also pretty funny which is good because I'm stuck with him for 45 minutes two times a week. He was asking me what I want to do with my life and I responded with my generic "oh you know maybe this maybe that." He suggested I go to school to be a hand therapist so I can give hand jobs the rest of my life. I told him I might just so I can make jokes like that! The exercises are definitely helping though, I get to play with silly putty two times a day as part of it it. I still notice some limitations with flexibility and strength but I'm sure it'll get there. I did play volleyball one night and bruised my left hand on the outside. I was trying to get a ball out the net and when I fell and I must have stuck out my hand but didn't want to catch myself with it so smacked it right where the ulna and triquertrum meet. It left a bruise which my therapist wasn't too happy about. I told him it's kind of funny though because I've been played volleyball pretty consistently for a good 7 years and never injured my hands in any capacity, not even jammed figures from blocking. He didn't think it was that funny and just said he was putting it in my file to cover his ass.
|I'm pretty good at that!|
I've noticed more improvements with my head, at least when it comes to long term memory. One of my friends was talking about her favorite movie, The Sound of Music and how the younger ones have a ski resort in Vermont and I said, "Greta?" which I have no idea how I remembered that but was really excited when I did. I also go my hair cut recently and had seen her before Halloween when she was telling me about her costume and I remembered that she was going as a Toddlers in Tiaras with her friends. There are still definitely lapses. The new running shoes I ordered I wasn't super stoked on, well I was because they're awesome trail running shoes but I thought I ordered them in blue but was super excited and surprised when I received purple and green. I doubled checked to make sure they didn't mess up my order and I ordered them in purple and green. I also went to Zero Dark Thirty the other night (which is a great movie) and was really amazed at how fast the production happened given we had just killed Bin Laden in May, and then I realized I was missing another year. Whomp whomp.
|"This photo validates how cool I am" said everyone on instagram.|
Running has been going well, I'm thinking about signing up for a 5K just to see where I'm at. Because my therapy appointments are in Boulder I usually run after those but before going to work (thank goodness we have a shower at work!). The only problem is that it tends to be a little windier there than in Denver, which is great when it's a tail wind it just sucks when you turn around and it's like running into a brick wall. It reminds me of the sled pulls we used to have to do in college for volleyball the only big difference is that I don't throw up after.