Sunday wasn’t just game day, it was I get to go home day. I was ecstatic to be going home so I wasn’t about to complain that morning in the hospital. This was the first time in my life I had had any narcotic in my system and was realizing what everyone had been telling me about how that could destroy regularity. I also never had that problem so I didn’t know how to address it. Thankfully, a phone call to Dave K. solved that problem with some simple drug store solutions he suggested. (I guess I’ll have to give him a stroke for that next time we play golf). I thought the hospital should have taken care of that before I left.
Regardless, I was now home, the Ravens had somehow managed to win while playing poorly and I had to prepare for at home therapy. The first thing they gave me permission to do was take a shower if both incisions were wrapped in the covering that is like Saran wrapped. That done, hair washed and a shower taken, I thought it was a brand new day.
I then did the workout the physical therapist had given me at the hospital which consisted of about six exercises that were designed to help me with the flex of my knee and with the straightening of my knee. In the middle of August, I had complained to Stephanie that I was unable to make my left knee totally flat or straight and that my right knee took effort to flatten or straighten. She had given me exercises with the foam roll under my hip where I would roll on the foam roll to flatten the muscle that runs from the knee to the hip thus allowing the knee to straighten. I have to find a way of pushing myself when I don’t work on things hard enough. This time it has cost me about 40 hours of sleep – at least that is what it feels like.
The only painful thing I have now is trying to sleep. My right knee will straighten to 1oo% but my left knee (when I got home) was at 7% and as of today (Friday Oct 1) I have gotten it to 3%. The therapist has added two more exercises specifically to work on this. The reason it is important is that the only real comfortable position to sleep is on my back and to do that both knees have to be straight otherwise that 3% causes about a #4 on the pain register.
The last thing I want to say about my hospital stay and finally getting home is that I finally am starting to realize how important certain words are. Thank you and please have a new meaning or I guess a new and real sincerity when you hear them from me. I hope this sticks in my mind.
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
I have been a client of Stephanie’s for several years. What I think makes her stand out from other studios is that she was a doctor & understands each individual clients bodies. The new studio is airy spacious & calming
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!