Last week I started physical therapy for the first time. It seems like everyone I know has went through physical therapy before. Somehow I’ve been lucky enough to avoid it until now. For those of you who haven’t been to PT I’d recommend continuing that trend. It always seemed like everyone I know was getting massages and heat therapy. Both sounded nice and relaxing. Well naïve me left out the part where that person was INJURED beforehand to get those treatments. I will say that going to PT is a very humbling and confusing experience. One moment I feel like I’m really strong and making progress. Then the next I realize all I’ve done is lift my leg two inches off the ground and that isn’t great in the grand scheme of things. When I imagined what going to PT was like I coincidently (hoped) left out the vision of working to exhaustion. We use exhaustion as our measurement of when to stop instead of counting. My appointments have started with a check in and then massage. Wait! This isn’t the 60 min. spa massage you might be thinking. This is massage to work out scar tissue. Not quite as enjoyable! Next my therapist said she wanted me to, “hit the gym” I resisted the urge to run screaming from the building. You should know that “hitting the gym” is not something I’ve been known to do in years. Then after the 5 min. torture on the elliptical machine we moved over to the leg press. A piece of equipment I’m proud to say I haven’t used since my senior year in high school. Lastly, she had me do some maneuvers on an exercise ball. This was a feat in itself given my normal balance issues. At one point, she had to grab my arm to stabilize me as the ball and I started to part ways. Lastly, we did end with heat therapy. Which is relaxing because I worked to exhaustion! In closing, I want to applaud everyone who has gone through physical therapy! You are a warrior and I look up to you. I better go now and do my take home exercises!

Le Ann Langston

Hello! I’m Le Ann Langston and I’m the Director of Member Services Northgate for Verity Credit Union. Member Service Manager is another name for the call center manager. Talking on the phone was a hobby of mine as a teenager and now I have made a career of it. If only I had a cool headset when I was 13! In my spare time I enjoy yoga, writing and reading just about anything. I am slightly addicted to TV and am currently hooked on a number of shows. Given this list of indoor pursuits you may find it hard to believe that I enjoy traveling to new places. Most people would never know that at one point I almost moved to London just for a change of pace.

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