Physical therapy

Monday, September 13, 2010

After a morning of meetings and an afternoon of desk work I got out of the seats and headed to the physical therapist, where I had a good workout. I have fairly good stamina, can pedal the reclining bike fine, and do the toe raises on the trampoline. The real struggle comes when I try to do moves that involve my right foot, like trying to balance on one foot, or trying to roll the disk they have me stand on by using my ankle. They keep urging patience, and I have to take small steps and work at it consistently to reach higher goals. The therapist taught me stretching and strengthening exercises I need to work on at home.

I feel funny taking time off work because I imagined by now I’d be as good as normal. But some of these simple exercises remind me that I’m not fully recovered. I need to make the time and put in the time and effort that it takes to heal.

 Our Jr. High girls hosted Todd County in the first home Volleyball match of the season. Our 6th 7th and 8th grade teams all swept their matches. During the games I sat in the stands where kids plopped down for a few minutes to tell me about their activities. In between games I helped out at the concession stand. The staff appreciates the help, but mostly it’s a nice way to see people.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

4 thoughts on “Physical therapy”

  1. Dear Fr. Steve,

    Remember the old tale about the rabbit and the turtle? The moral was: Slow and steady wins the race.

    It takes time and effort to get over what you have been through. Sometimes you have to take small steps before you can run.

    Good luck with your stretching exercises and therapy. We know you can do it. Just don’t forget to take the time out you need for yourself. You need to remember yourelf too not just everyone else.

    Glad you were able to help out with the concessions stands in between games. You’re absoutely right, it is a great way to mingle with people and lend a hand in the process.

    Hope you’re feeling better and stronger everyday.

    God Bless,

    Nancy & Kenny

  2. It is now that you are waking up to mornings that you WERE so concerned about, NOT waking up to; and now worried about your foot!!! and not being patient with the healing time!!
    GOD HEALS IN HIS OWN TIME, and we are to be patient…….HE IS HEALING…….so again
    be Patient. YOU WILL MAKE A 100% RECOVERY, with patience, or it might not be the 100% you are wanting.–He is patient with US, be patient with HIM!–GOD IS LOVE, GOD IS GOOD.


  3. I ( MIA ) had physical therapy today, too. I had it at Creighton, and had never been there before, and it was very well done. I am very pleased. I have said this, “All physical therapist are really demons. When they die, they stand at the gates of Hell and keep saying “twenty more” to people..when you manage all that they get to go to Heaven. If you don’t, well, then..20 infinatum..”.So, Father Steve..keep up the good work may shorten any penance due elsewhere …at least that’s what I figure..!
    And you have all of your wonderful kids and families to come home to..! How blessed is THAT ?
    Hugs and prayers..
    Mia and Bob

    1. Dear Father Steve: Much to our regret, my wife Suzy and I will not be able to attend the powow, We are sad because it is a source of faith and inspiration for each of us. We will keep you in our prayers. Dan and Suzy

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