One Month Post Surgery

Hi everyone,

A lot of people have asked me how my rehab is going and when I’m thinking I will be back 100% for training and all. So here it is! ūüôā

The first week after surgery I stayed in Switzerland, where I had perfect medical treatment. I was able to go to therapy everyday and get a good start on the first couple of rehab exercises that I would have to do over the course of the next couple of weeks and months. I never felt a much pain, so I thought this recovery is going to be quick and easy. But I later realized that I probably never felt much pain because I was taking a lot of medicine at that time. A week and a couple of days later, I was able to remove my stitches (picture).

After that short stay in Switerland, I went back to Sweden as I still have classes at University. Unfortunately, the flight was not a delight for my knee. Although I was wearing compression, my knee swelled quite badly. I was in quite a lot of pain, especially when I tried to start walking without crutches. Approximately 2 1/2 weeks after the surgery, I was able to get rid of my crutches and start the real rehab.

The real rehab, turned out not to be so real after all. As I distanced myself from the surgery day, I had to reduce the amount of medicine intake as well. Immediately, I felt this pain again in a lot of movements that I was doing, which was scary. I am always asking myself whether this pain is normal or if I should be really worried and unfortuantely noone could answer this but me.

I am doing rehab every day for approximately one hour, 5 or 6 days a week. I am biking, trying to increase the amount on the bike as well as the resistance. Right now, I’m at 20minutes biking and resistance level 7. Additionally, I do a lot of balance exercises, on two or one leg, and usually add a ball to the balance exercises to train my eye coordination. I did try little squats and negative movements (such as walking down the stairs), but unfortunately this is not going too well yet. I try to do a lot of calf drills to train my legs until I can do these squats and try to keep my upperbody in the best shape possible. For my upper body, I do basically just body weight training. I do a lot of core exercises, pushups, dips and so on.

So that’s pretty much it for one month post surgery! If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me!

I am headed to Iceland tomorrow until the end of the week, so I will definately write a blog about my experience in Iceland next week!

xo

Florence

One more Year at Linköping HC

Back in 2015, I was working at the International Ice Hockey Federation and had another year in my contract with the 1. League with EHC B√ľlach’s man’s team… Having a fun job and a great team to play for, it seems that everything was going great for me.

Although I loved my job and the team, I felt like something was missing. A passion I follow, besides playing hockey and working, was missing. Travelling!

Ever since I was little, I enjoyed travelling. Be it going somewhere in the car with my family, going on a bustrip, or taking the plane. As soon as I knew I was able to go somewhere, I felt like the happiest girl alive. Throughout my hockey career, I was very fortunate that I got to travel so much. Hockey opened doors to places I would probably never have visited if it wasn’t for hockey. I was looking forward to every single abraod trip we did, with hockey, with my family, or with my friends. I was excited to see new places, new people, new cultures and new languages.

Back in 2015, that was missing. Although I travelled with the national team, it felt like it was not enough for me. I wanted more, I wanted something new.

It was exactly then, that I got contacted by Link√∂ping Hockey Club in Sweden, who at this time was looking for a new goalie. They were looking for a goalie to take over Kim Martin’s (!!!) position who was retiring. I knew this was a once in a lifetime chance, which I would only have this very moment.

It was not only a one in a lifetime chance to take this position but also for me to move to Sweden, travel in Sweden, get to know the culture, the people and its language. Without much hesitation, I took the chance and joined Linköping HC in August 2015 with a one-year contract.

One year became three years!

I enjoyed my time here so much, as I was simultaneously playing hockey, working at RUAG Space in Linköping, travelling the country, learning about the culture and language, that I knew I wanted to have/do this for more than just a year.

I applied to a Master Degree Program in Business Administration here in Linköping, to which I got accepted and the rest is history. I just signed my 3rd one year contract with Linköping HC!

I am super excited to see what next season will bring, but as for now, my summer is packed with travelling plans, rehab and preparation for Pyeongchang!

xo

Florence

By stitches! ūüĖź

Hi everyone,

My knee surgery was over a week ago and I was able to remove the stitches today! Just a little step towards full recovery, but an important one!

Xo Florence