Archive for June, 2013

Jun 09 2013

I need a grass skirt when I walk

Published by cams under Getting around

Yesterday I went out on the open streets sans crutch.  Again, that very naked feeling of vulnerability, but those little milestones mean a lot.  Still have that annoying sway when I walk without the crutch.  Although I have a much more fluid stride with the crutch, I alternate between a step-lurch or a step sway.  I guess the stride will come in time.  Have to focus on rolling to the ball of my foot I guess.  My neighbor, who is a cranio-sacral therapist, let me borrow her rubber cushion to stand on.  It feels like I am walking on the sand, and need to be careful to not roll too far back onto my heels, but I suppose it is designed to help strengthen the tendon as well.  The first day of using it was difficult, but I’ve got the hang of it now.

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Jun 06 2013

Hooray for the bus!

Published by cams under Getting around

There is nothing like freedom.  Today I took the bus to and from work.  No taxis, no car, just a clip of my card and I am there.  The bus drivers were considerate, and waited until I could get my bearings before the forward lurch of the bus.  People were nice enough to allow me to sit and make room for me (although I’ve made good progress and graduated from two to one crutch, I use it in public as an alert device to indicate to others to keep their distance).  Ok, I admit, my foot was swollen by the end of the day, but in the end, it was worth having the opportunity to go home on my own.

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Jun 03 2013

Boot off today! Now What?

Published by cams under Recovery

A bit late to this blogging bit due to being side-tracked by loads of American television shows I’ve missed over the past 5 years.  However, after 8 weeks in the boot due to non-operative surgery, freedom feels great, given the return of warmer weather.  Despite the free healthcare in Copenhagen, it would still be great to have a bit more instruction.  I was sent home with a pamphlet with instructions on toe-pointing to bide my time as I await for physical therapy.  Due to inactivity for 8 weeks, my additional complication is the tightening or shortening of the tendons in my knee, which makes attempted walking without the crutches to be challenging.  Anyone who might have a suggestion on what to do about the knee and returning to normal gait would be greatly appreciated.

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