Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"I see you're on your feet!"

This was the exclamation of one of my little piano students who came for her lesson this morning.  "Yes, and this feels soooo much better than that wheelchair," I replied with a broad smile.  :-)

The road has been long.  Nine weeks tomorrow, to be exact.  Ten days ago, this cast was removed:

Glad I went with purple...
it withstood lots of campmeeting dirt!
My surgeon was specific about two things, and I've tried to keep them in mind -
  • The broken bones have not healed, they are healing.
  • Healing does not occur during periods of mobility, but during rest.
For the first few days with the walking boot, I relied heavily on my knee walker and regular walker.  I didn't expect to have such heel and leg pain, but now that I know it's normal I'm trying to walk and work through it.  The most difficult thing for me is getting over the fear that it will happen again.  The walking boot has more bulk than a cast, but I've quickly learned to be thankful for all the padding and the air that I can put in or released as needed. 

And after not being able to drive for 8 weeks and 6 days, I decided I'd had enough of that and took off for the bank and my favorite coffee shop yesterday morning.  Right foot on the gas, left foot on the brake. :-)  I picked a low traffic time, and made use of the drive thru at both places.  After reading some things online last night, I'm guessing I wasn't supposed to do it, and I can't say that it really felt comfortable or safe, so that'll probably be the extent of it for awhile. 

I'm to see the OS again Monday, and I'm thinking he'll probably wean me off the the boot.  He's also going to check my ROM to see if I need PT. My leg muscles are quite atrophied, so that's another issue that hinders balance and endurance.

Did I mention bulk?   :-)
And a bit of advice for all of us -

Have a great day!


  1. So glad to see you are moving around a little better now. Love your sign in your house. ;) Also when I was talking to you about the girls changing. What were those books you were talking about. You said there was one for each different age? I've tried googling and am not having much luck. Thanks so much

    1. Constance...I'm not sure if these are the ones my friend used, but I would say these are worth a shot. Check out the site to be sure it's something that is sensible -
      Wish I had started with these a long time ago, but time passes quickly and when our kids are little we think we'll have forever. :-) Good luck to you as you navigate this time of emotional

  2. Don't remember seeing the sign before...made me giggle!

  3. thank you so much Stephanie. I will check this out. Hope your time on the railroad of ups and downs go well too.


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