6 Weeks - Good-Bye Wheelchair!

I just visited my surgeon today. I am 6 Weeks less a day post-op. He told me to lose my wheels and start walking FWB in my Aircasts! It was far more than I expected and I’m thrilled. I don’t even have to use crutches, however, for the time being I will use my cane for balance until I get the hang of walking in 2 boots. He told me to take it easy and not to go from 0 to 100 immediately. I’m not at all sure I could anyway. I’ve done some walking around the house and my plantars are killing me. I start Physio in 2 weeks. Until then I am to work on ROM. The news really could’t have come at a better time. This last week was a killer. My patience took a beating leading up to this Dr appt. In fact, I’ve been doing some FWB a lot in the last 4 days. While Kevin was at Cub camp with our son on the weekend, I “walked” upstairs and had a bath! I tell you, it was heavenly. It was so great, that I have had one everyday since! Now, I can do it without guilt! I am not scheduled to see the surgeon until January. As I look back, this experience over the last 6 weeks hasn’t been so bad. I am so thankful for my supportive husband and friends who have kept me from utter boredom and have given me something to look forward to everyday. I am grateful to all of you for sharing your stories, challenges and successes. Just knowing that I am not alone in this has made all the difference. Our house can now be put back together and we are one small step closer to this experience to becoming all but just a memory!

6 Responses to “6 Weeks - Good-Bye Wheelchair!”

  1. Hi Cheryl,
    Nice to hear from you.
    Was wondering how the fellow Calgarian was coping.
    Good news to hear that you are standing on two feet!
    With two aircasts on it will look like you have just taken your skis off after a trip to Sunshine or lake Louise:) But seriously, i am pleased that you are mobile and able to do more for yourself. It is a big boost when FWB starts. Take care. Paul

  2. Yay, and congrats! I’d expect your feet to get used to the “abuse” pretty quickly. In a pinch, you could probably still do the “3-legged race” crutch-walk I described a week or two ago. If you were in a rush, but NOT out in the snow and ice!!

    You’re not alone, and yet you’re almost completely unique!

    In around 10 weeks, you should be in fine shape to trade in the AirCasts (and the shoes that follow them) on a pair of ski boots! Maybe early February?

    Watch Your Step, because your ankles are still very vulnerable. After they’re finished healing, though, you should be an unusually secure “graduate” from this particular problem. :-)

  3. Thanks Paul and Norm. I do feel somewhat liberated. I hope this feeling has enough momentum to get me through to the next phase. I should keep the wheelchair around to remind me of where I was and how far I’ve come. Norm, when you mentioned I could possibly skip the crutches altogether, I thought that would never happen (at least not for a long time). Paul, Mother Nature was there for me when the Dr. told me to go forth and walk and I was able to walk out of the hospital onto a wet rather than icy sidewalk!

  4. It is a great feeling to be walking again albeit in the TWO boots. Well done! This is a milestone in your recovery and with it comes a sense of freedom. I am glad the weather has slightly improved with the mini chinook we are experiencing. Keep up with the exercises as they will pave the way for a full recovery.
    Take care. Paul

  5. Hi,

    Very pleased to hear your great news!!

    Kind regards,

    Heather

  6. Cheryl
    That’s fantastic news - I was gutted for you when I read your first posts, I can hardly believe you have made so much progress and with such good humour too! I can imagine how brilliant that must have felt to be back on your own two legs - good luck with all the excercises!

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