Since I last updated my blog we have been doing lots of hard work at physio to get my knee moving and reduce the swelling. My physio is called Briar. She is always excited to see me and is really nice.
I have gone to physio once or twice every week and I am supposed to do exercises every day, three times a day. I cannot always do them all every day because we were very busy before Christmas and in the first month after lengthening everything was really stretched and the exercises were really hard.
Mum has been creating charts to record when I do my exercises to help motivate me. When I get to a certain number each week, I get a reward. At the moment I am working towards a mini TY beanie toy for doing 80% of my exercises.
I also have some exercises to do in the pool. For every three times I do my pool exercises I get an LOL Surprise doll. Going in the pool is hard because it is cold and makes my muscles shiver when I get out. This hurts my pin sites.
The exercises I have to do work my ankle, knee and hip – all of the joints in my leg. I have to do 30 repetitions of each. The exercises are:
- Squishing my knee as straight as I can and holding it for 3 seconds.
- Bending my knee as far as I can against a small push.
- Using a theraband to make my ankle pull or push in all four directions.
- Doing ballet kicks backwards and sideways to work my hip.
I am also supposed to be walking as much as possible. Two weeks ago Mum confiscated one of my crutches because I wasn’t putting any weight through my left leg. I was very upset but it has been okay.