Monday, November 17, 2008

Back from the desert

I am back from judging the Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships in sunny warm Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a good test of my pain levels, doing things that really should hurt. I sat for long periods of time in an uncomfortable seat at ice level which, obviously, means it was cold. I had to stand a few times to give critiques. I carried stuff. I slept in a hotel room bed that was not even remotely comfortable in any position.

Then at night Perry and I did some walking outside where it was warm. After all of that I would have expected a lot of pain, but I didn't really have much. I even went without the cane on the last day when we went walking around Tempe. I'm not sure why I felt so good but I suspect, sadly, that it's because I haven't skated in over a week due to a combination of a bad cold and being out of town. I guess I have to admit that skating is not good for me, even though it doesn't hurt much while I'm doing it ... the residual effect is what keeps me up at night in pain.

Well, being stubborn, I'm still not ready to let it go. I even have some goals for myself. I passed my Silver Samba in October, the first international dance for me. I'd like to pass the Cha Cha Congelado and perhaps the Rhumba before surgery next summer. The Rhumba is so much harder for me than for normal people. With legs that turn in, it's almost impossible to force those choctaws. I can do it but it's not pretty.

I'm starting to worry about all of the reports from post-PAO gals that their operated leg is still "gimpy" and their quadriceps (which are "moved" during surgery ... I don't know if that means "cut" or not, but I suspect so) are never the same after. I can't imagine skating on two gimpy legs when this is all over. It just won't work. I have huge quads and use them for almost everything I do on the ice, so it worries me to think they are going to be cut or moved or whatever and maybe never come back. On the other hand, the post-PAO ladies who seemed to be in better shape before their surgeries tend to do better and I'm hoping to be one of those. Plus I know what it means to work hard in the gym and not give up on my gimpy-ness.

Testing 3 international dances before I go under the knife will make me very happy. If I'm unable to skate at all post-surgery, I can always point to those tests and say that I used to be an ice dancer.


Marina said...

None of my muscled were cut. According to the doctor, they were moved over to the side and that is why they are weak, but I definitely see progress on a daily basis and am not giving up!

Shelley said...

Terri, you posted a comment on my blog asking about quad muscles. The answer is kind of a tricky one. I also am very muscular, and grew up as a figure skater and softball player. I actually had good strength after surgery, but about 3 months after I started to get a weird pain in my quad. The doc said some blood may have pooled in the muscle and it is trying to form scar tissue so I went to PT to break it up. Since then, I have had some pain, but only while walking (I think from the pounding), and only in one of the four sections of the quad muscle. I can do the elliptical with zero pain, and I was able to ski with no pain. Also, my muscles and my hip actually feel stronger and less loose since the surgery. My hip would give out skiing last year, but this year it was strong. I think if you work at strength after surgery you will be fine, but it may take up to a year. I hope this helps.