It’s frustrating to get around on crutches. You don’t have your hands free, everything takes longer. I sweat a lot because it’s warm, and it’s much warmer to walk around on crutches as well. Something that I’m also finding challenging at the moment is that I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get better. And I remember that I often will explain to my patients, this will probably take between four to six weeks, but we don’t know exactly. Sometimes it takes less time, sometimes it takes more time.
So even in my own experience, when I tell people I have a sore knee, they often try and offer me advice. “Oh, have you tried this?” Without actually knowing what’s going on in my knee, so always take that sort of advice with a grain of salt. Just because someone had a sore knee before, doesn’t mean it’s anything to do with your sore knee or whatever other part of your body you have that’s struggling at the time.
The other thing that I wanted to share as well is that it can be challenging too, when you can’t do the normal things that you like to do. So if you’re a dancer, then your injury might be stopping you from dancing. For me, I’m a tennis player so I can’t play tennis at the moment. I also like to go to the gym for just health and for strengthening and for being fit, and also it helps me sleep in the evening too. When you make yourself more physically tired during the day, your sleep is better. So I can’t do very much of that at the moment either, just some upper body weights on the weights machines at the gym. So that can be a frustrating thing as well.