This post delivers the third installment in my earlier promise to share my hamstring avulsion ( third grade hamstring tear) conservative treatment recovery journey.
See previous posts here
Third grade hamstring tears are classified as both ‘rare and serious’. Dr Google was an invaluable source of information and advice when I found myself both ‘rare and serious’ and potentially looking at a very nasty operation. It gives me great pleasure to bring you up to date at the almost 12 months post injury date
In my case conservative treatment appears to be a resounding success. I put this down to getting the best medical advice and rehabilitation specialists and being bloody determined
Bloody determined currently involves
- Four hours walking per week
- Six to eight hours of fully supervised Gym classes per week which include
- Functional training
- Fitball with weights
- Balance classes
- Pilates stretch
- Pilates – my goodness you can even do Pilates with weights
- Regular Dr visits
- Power of Positive Thinking
- Rest and Relaxation
I have gone from being unfit to overexercising without advice ( leading to hamstring avulsion) to being fit and able to do almost anything (if I master the technique and that is one of the reasons you need supervision). Balance remains my one sticking point – Its about one leg learning to trust the other can hold me up – its a mental thing I am working on
Mental as well as physical health also plays a big part in your ability to stay resilient.
I found the whole experience pretty unnerving from living in a house unsuitable for people with partial disabilities, the severe restriction on activities you can undertake and the isolation of living in the country.
I have renovated my house, grown my network of genuine friends and found other ways to do the things I love. For example I have a beautiful garden but was restricted with what I can actually achieve in it since I had a quad bike accident in 2008.
When I decided to renovate my house to accommodate a short term disabled person I also revisited how I could garden with a dodgy back.
When my original fern house was blown over in a storm the opportunity to build ‘The Orchid Palace’ was born. Its amazing what you can do with re-purposed doors and windows
My orchids are flourishing in their new home and they are giving me great joy
The Orchid Palace upgrade also allowed me to remodel the Poultry Palace
These little cuties know how to make me smile
I have learnt the hard way like physical fitness, mental toughness is the result of a long-term conditioning programme – you can never be too prepared.