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Stairs - my new nemesis

This is more of a rant than a post.   When I ruptured my achilles the stairs became a challenge.  The bedrooms are upstairs and the laundry and all of our storage is in the basement, so I meet the challenge several times a day.   I knew  the NWB phase  would increase the difficulty [...]

This is more of a rant than a post.   When I ruptured my achilles the stairs became a challenge.  The bedrooms are upstairs and the laundry and all of our storage is in the basement, so I meet the challenge several times a day.   I knew  the NWB phase  would increase the difficulty level of  my challenge, but through with  naive reasoning normally reserved for those decades younger than myself the chllenge complete when I transitioned into a boot.     I phased into FWB and a boot at the same time and went down the stairs.   Easier- yes.  Challenge over- no.   The continued difficulty  I believed to be a simple miscalculation.   The boot came off  just shy of two weeks ago.    I stood over my nemesis, bootless and gloating a little.   The third stair down did not sqeak- it giggled at me.  I underestimated my opponent again.    Today I removed the bath stool and extra folding chair from my bathroom, since I have not used them in a while.   I brought the folding chair down the two flight to the basement.  I will describe the journey this way.  By the time I emerged from the basement, my teenage son took upon himself to get the table and bring it to the basement.   As he passed  me he said” still not good on stairs huh?”    My performance   was so pathetic my teenager  did work without being asked.   That hit me pretty hard.

Sorry to take up blog space and I hope your nemesis is treating you well.

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Have you worked on my “roll over the edge of the step” trick? Even in a fixed boot, it made my stairs-descending as fast (& normal-looking from a distance) as pre-ATR. It takes a bit more focus, because foot placement is crucial, but that’s the only possible problem.

1 normofthenorth July 13, 2013 1:47 pm

I am so happy I don’t have to deal with stairs. Good luck!!!!

2 superjewgrl July 13, 2013 5:00 pm

Once again, I’ve got an old blog post to share with you…

achillesblog.com/ryanb/2012/06/19/stairs-and-crutches/

3 ryanb July 13, 2013 8:16 pm

Seconding and thirding the roll off the stair method of going down the stairs. I still use it in two shoes. It works great! LOL–re: the teenager. I knew I was in bad shape when they offered to do work without me nagging them! Hope that you are feeling more confident in the boot!

4 kellygirl July 16, 2013 3:07 pm

Stairs - I too am not a fan of stairs. I try hard to minimize the number of trips up and down those things. I am painfully slow on the way down so I can “work” the good knee. I like to cut in front of my kids and put my arms out nice and wide as to block them. Am I in your way I ask? So sorry I did not see you there. Can you grab my (insert whatever I need) and then give me a little kiss and I’ll let you by.

5 lodinpdx July 18, 2013 1:04 pm

I am so happy I don’t have to deal with stairs. Seconding and thirding the roll off the stair method of going down the stairs. I still use it in two shoes.

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