I thought I was doing fabulously in physical therapy.
Then, the day before yesterday I went to an appointment with my physical therapist.
My first two visits were overseen by the actual Physical Therapist (Ph.D) where he baselined my mobility and did a few (crude) exercises to get a coarse estimate of my capability.
The next four or five visits were with a Physical Therapy Assistant who used the PT (Ph.D)'s notes to run me through the paces.
Frankly, it was not much of a challenge and I was feeling pretty smug.
Unbeknownst to me, the PTA was also noting that I was not being challenged by the exercises.
The day before yesterday
The PT (Ph.D) took a turn toward the more-difficult.
"Hey, this isn't what Scott and I were working on!" I exclaimed with consternation.
"I know that." the PT said.
"But I wanted to impress you with how well I was doing!" I said, indignantly.
"I read Scott's notes. Duly noted." the PT said.
"But I cannot do these exercises!" I wailed.
"Good. My job is to find the line between what is impossible and what is possible but very difficult." the PT grunted as he caught me and prevented me from falling into the ornamental ficus plants.
Somehow, I think the vacation is over. I can look forward to the "possible but very difficult".
Furthermore, yesterday I was not worth a penniless Richard. I ached all over.
***The insurance company requires once-a-month updates to document "progress". When progress flat-lines then authorizations for treatment cease.
Starting out with an "easy" exercise program serves two purposes. 1.) The patient feels successful and gets into the habit of doing the exercises and not blowing-off the appointments. 2.) Re-calibrating the difficulty of the exercises to something closer to the limits of the patient's capabilities counts as progress or improvement.***