So a month ago I wrote about my horrible accident on my motorcycle where I almost died, and in the process almost lost both my legs. Well its been almost two months from the accident and in a week I anticipate being cleared by my surgeon to get back into the pool. I think I may also be cleared for limited weight work not involving my left leg (shattered femur w/ metal plates and screws) so I should be able to lift and strengthen the rest of my body.
Question is does anyone have experience working back from an injury like this? My right leg quad was extremely damaged, but I've recovered to the point where I'm using crutches with my right leg supporting. My left leg has started to recover as well but can't bear any weight and I'm still trying to get my knee to flex normally.
The pool is the first thing I can do so I put the question here. Should I use floats to keep my leg suspended? Should I really hammer the freestyle trying to get my cardio and technique back or should I look at the pool time as more of a fun way of rehabing (ie not a serious workout opportunity).
My love for the sport has been a tremendous help in my recovery. I was deeply disappointed when I realized I couldn't complete the Half Ironman I was shooting for at the end of this year. I'm very eager to start the journey back to my prior strength and endurance and am looking for any advice anyone may have.
Thanks in advance.