It has been a long road, but I am on my way.
This list is everything I have done since I started physical therapy that I wasn’t able to do at all or wasn’t able to do comfortably before surgery to repair diastasis symphsis pubis that I sustained during the January 2012 delivery of my son.
- Picking up my son from the floor
- Giving my husband a proper hug while standing and supporting all of my own weight.
- Sitting with my son on the floor
- Crawling as I push a toy for my son
- Carrying my son from one room to another or walking with him to soothe him
- Taking my son from the house to the car and putting him in his car seat*
- Rinsing my son’s cloth diapers**
- Stepping over something on the floor without worrying about toppling over.
- Standing with my feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart
- Standing long enough to take a shower
- Standing from a sitting position without using my arms.
- Sitting from a standing position without using my arms.
- Walking up and down stairs of our apartment
- Walking from the living room to the kitchen and back without having to mentally gear up first.
- Walking backward
- Walking into my son’s daycare classroom (for the first time since August 23) and talking with his teachers
- Getting myself a glass of water
- Getting a bottle off the shelf
- Starting laundry, moving laundry to the dryer, moving laundry to a place to be folded, putting folded laundry away.
- Picking up and putting away toys
- Actually looking forward to completing a chore
*I was not able to stay hunched over long enough to buckle his seat.
**I can only do about two before my back really hurts
These are my goals for the next seven days:
- Carry something that weighs about as much as the Little Guy up and down the stairs for practice.
- Walk to my class across campus with my walker.
- Improve the flexibility in both legs
- Remember to tighten my abs while I’m walking in order to build strength
- Use heat at the end of the day before I take a pain pill (to determine if heat is enough first).