Slowly Recovering – Part 2

posted Dec 28, 2016, 4:29 PM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 4:35 PM ]
Ten months have passed since the rupture of my left calf muscle. I reached a plateau in the recovery by late summer. While walking the leg would start to hurt, but not enough to stop, but enough to slow down. Resting the leg for only a minute or two would restart this same scenario – suggesting that blood /oxygen flow to the calf was compromised. The foot remained sort of a tingly numb. After our month long trip to Albuquerque, I decided to have a session or two with a person who did deep tissue work.

In December, I had two such sessions. Now I am determining if there has been an improvement in allowing the leg to continue healing. Perhaps the easiest way to tell would be to resume skate skiing, but on relatively flat terrain – very flat by Schweitzer standards. My first two skate ski outings were similar – leg began hurting, not quite the same as when walking before the deep tissue work. In my third outing I went a little further and seemed to hurt less. In my fourth outing I went significantly further and with less pain. These were all short distances, 3.5 miles at most. Furthermore, the numb feeling in my foot has improved slightly.

The next month will be most interesting, after this initial encouragement. On February 11 we head to the Methow Valley for a skate ski trip. Perhaps by then I’ll be closer to my normal … perhaps not.
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