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On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM, Matthew Kulas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Last night was a good night.  And, a hard night.  For the first time since
> 1 June, I was able to touch my right buttock with my right heel.
>
> It came as a bit of a surprise.  For the last couple of weeks I've been
> able to do a semi-traditional a quad stretch by reaching down and grabbing
> my ankle, though I do it lying on my side.  Just reaching my ankle was an
> accomplishment, but the true goal is to be able to have my heel touch my
> butt--just like my left side--and I was still at least a couple inches
> away.  So after beginning my bi-weekly PT appointment with stretching my
> calves, doing 30 reps of right-footed toe stands, and stretching my
> hamstring, my therapist stretched my quad by pushing my shin forward while I
> laid on my back.  After a little bit, he had me turn on my side and asked me
> to stretch it myself.  I reached down, grabbed my ankle, and pulled it
> back.  All of the sudden, my heel was touching my rear end.  I was not
> expecting that.  What a great, joyous feeling it was--a true thrill.
>
> After that, I banged out 30 consecutive 10 lb. reps of leg lifts, 2 sets of
> 15 reps of outside leg lifts and 2 sets of 15 reps of inside leg lifts.
> Wall sits: 40 reps.  Hamstring curls: 30 sets of 10 reps at 90 lbs. Leg
> press: 2 sets at 225 lbs. with both legs; 3 sets at 105 lbs. with my right
> leg only (I'm feeling it today).  Hamstring raises on an excercise ball: 15
> reps for 1 set 25 for the second.  Balancing on my right leg, throwing, and
> catching a 5 lb medicine ball at/from a pitch back: 100 reps.  (A month ago,
> I could not balance on my right leg for more than a second.)  A new exercise
> was added--lunges w/my left leg resting on a chair--3 sets of 10.
>
> Today, my knee is a little sore walking up and down stairs (on which I've
> only been able to do one step per leg for a week), but it feels good to
> finally be able to do semi-normal things.  Still, I've a long way to go.  My
> left thigh is huge and I'm not 100% until my right leg can do the same work,
> pound for pound, rep for rep.
>
> I know, I know, this thread is worthless without pictures.  Sorry...
>
> --Matt K.
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