The initial stages of recovery were worryingly slow with persistent sciatica still dominating simple things like walking and sitting down but now five weeks on I feel like progress is really being made. There are vast differences from last year in what I now call ‘progress’ – for example, I am certainly no closer to running the Cuillin Ridge, but a brisk pain-free walk to the CIC Hut today was confirmation that I am close to getting back into the mountains and right on track for the forthcoming winter.
I am seeing two physio’s providing very different approaches from pilates to strength I am now really starting to feel the difference and almost able to stand fully on my left toes for the first time in over seven months. The pool is enabling me to burn some calories and next week I hope to introduce the bike to add to the low impact cardio required at this stage of rehabilitation. Week eight will hopefully mean indoor top rope climbing and some much desired Munro bagging before gradually trying to introduce falling in a harness and some structured strength exercise ready to hang on the axes – I can not wait!
I am delighted that bookings for 2016 have started to fill up the calender and the new look website should be going live in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that.