My buddy over at Crone and Bear It, completed her physical therapy and was kind enough to provided a wonderful post, SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH, which listed seven things to remember when going to Physical Therapy.
Since I was starting my first of 30 visits to physical therapy, I was very gratefully for the heads up.
I took a shower, Rule Number 1. I wore some comfortable clothing as instructed by the receptionist. I refrained from beans, chili, burritos, cabbage and anything that might or would provoke an internal explosion as suggest in, Rule Number 2.
I was also given a white printed sheet of paper, and at the top in bold letters it has, Exercise Program for: ME! (How sweet I thought).
“Here are some
excuses exercises I would like you to do at home.” “Thank you.” I said.
Oh yes, and I will refine from crumbling it into a ball and using it as a play toy for the cats and or dogs, as suggested in Rule Number 5 of the Cronie P.T. guide.
I was assigned to Joe. Joe at first seemed like such a very nice man, soft spoken, he was dressed in a very nice shirt and tie, and look more like a stock broker then a physical therapist. He did however, have those raccoon eyes, suggesting that he liked the outdoors, and hides behind his Foster Grants. (Perhaps a Hell’s Angel at night!)
He spent a hour with me just chatting, and placed some tape carefully on my knee, while explaining that this is a new method of loosening the fluid around the area. “A technique from the East.” he said proudly. Ok…. Joe….. I thought to myself.
After I was all taped up, Eastern style, he guided me over to the bar’s and…….. within a blink of the eye he had me bawling like a baby! For Heaven sakes……did I break Rule Number 6.…. right out of the gate! I did not even have a chance to say; You (*&(*(####…that hurts! What on God’s green earth did I do to you Joe? And in less the 60 seconds was my first thought, as the tears streamed down my checks. He was very thoughtful and handed me a Kleenex. “That ends the session for today.” he said with a smile. “See you Thursday! Do not forget to do those exercises!”
Perhaps I should have looked a little more closely at Rule Number 7.….. “Always bring them something good to eat – they may live a healthy life-style but we ALL know an occasional blueberry muffin is good for the soul.”
Oh…..only 29 more to go! I better read the rules again!