I have been at therapy at Union Memorial (Bel Air Athletic Club) for two weeks now. When I think back to the first day there I realize the little I was able to do then as compared to what I accomplished today. My first time on the stationary bike was last Wednesday and all I could do was rock the pedals back and forth – today they went all the way around for ten minutes. Speed was definitely not a factor!
In addition to that, last Friday I climbed the stairs with one foot to each step rather than one step at a time. I also was able to descend with one foot per step. I never would have guessed that I would look at that as an accomplishment in my lifetime but it was. I keep hearing from Carol (best nurse EVER!) that the patient needs to have patience and I know she is correct.
I agree that I need to have patience but I also need to set realistic goals and meet or exceed them if I want to stay on a course of full recovery. The good thing for now is that I keep these goals to myself and seem to be achieving them on a daily basis. Verbalizing the goals and not achieving them may cause me to overdo it. I also require myself to do the exercises prescribed from therapy three times per day in order to have the opportunity to reach those goals.
My knee flexion is now 106 degrees for both knees and both knees can now straighten completely. I am one happy sleeper because of that. I still don’t sleep very well but I do get at least two hours at a time during the night. I probably get 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night and that is enough for me. I haven’t had a pain pill for 15 days now – another plus in my opinion. I have lost 18 pounds from the day I got out of the hospital. That sounds like a lot but it is only 5 pounds from the day I went into the hospital. My calves are shrunken to little sticks from what they looked like all my life or at least since I was 12 years old(that must be where the 5 pounds disappeared from because my nurse keeps feeding me like I just got off a deserted island).
My biggest goal is to be back in Pilates for private lessons by the middle of November. I think we can work on balance and upper body strength but I’ll leave that up to Stephanie. I still would like to hit a golf ball by the middle of November but I don’t think that is realistic. I’ll let you know how those wish list items go!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.”
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.
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”