Saturday, 5 February 2011

Not a patient patient

I have to admit, all in all, that there is improvement in my mobility since my AVM surgery. I'm still recovering from the surgery - I had a misguided mind set that once the incision was healed I could get on with the rest of my recovery. Unfortunately, back surgery is a slow, painful process and it's going to take longer than I thought.

The day I had my stitches out I made an appointment to start physiotherapy. I want some guided exercises to help recover muscle strength in my hips, legs and feet and to learn to compensate for those deficits which are long-term (I can't bring myself to say 'permanent' yet). Unfortunately, the first two sessions have been spent concentrating on ifc (interferential current) treatment of my back. I'm quite prepared to have the physiotherapist heal my back, but I'm afraid I'll be out of insurance long before she gets to exercises for my muscles. We'll see how it goes for a few sessions. It's quite enlightening to be faced with health insurance limits that Americans must face for even their basic health care let alone surgery or hospitalization.

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