Posted by: craig | June 6, 2008

Post Op 7 weeks + 2 days - Freedom!

Braveheart has been on HBO recently.  I wouldn’t necessarilly say it is one of my top 10 movies of all-time, but I do really like it, so I’ve watched bits and pieces of it for the past few weeks.  Mel Gibson’s last word as WIlliam Wallace is when he yells out, “Freedom!”

Well, I felt like yelling that out a few minutes ago myself.  I was ready to head back to my office from the restroom, and I thought, “You know what, you can do this without crutches.”  So, I held them up and walked the whole way, ~200 feet, back to my office with no support.  Wow, what a great feeling, walking without crutches.  And the best part about it was that it took me a good 2-3 minutes, so I had plenty of time to enjoy my new Freedom.

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Craig,

This is the best day of your recovery. Seriously. THIS is IT. Soak in the warm feeling of it until your fingers get all prune-y. Very happy for you.

Congrats! Now go drink.

Alba gu bragh - FREEDOM !

Good choice of words to describe the feeling of no crutches.

Johnk :)

John, I figured you would appreciate the movie reference more than anybody.

Erie, that drink will have to wait until tonight, but, yes, one is definitely in order.

Nice going, Craig. I like when he yells: “I am William Wallace!”

Thats why it was even harder watching him jump around in women’s control top pantyhose in What Woman Want.

OMG…I have been watching Braveheart & Gladiator around the clock lately…The “Freedom” analogy is a classic Craig…However I have to give a very slight edge to William Wallace over U since I believe he was being dis-emboweled at that moment…Just slighty tougher than an ATR injury…LOL !!!

You’ll be running around the office in no time. I bet the driving is going great huh?! No more sticking your head out the window like a dog going on car rides anymore. Great job! :)

Chilidog, where’s the love? Yeah, ok, I suppose Wallace had one on me there.

Kristin, unfortunately, still no driving. Hopefully, in another 2-3 weeks, so I continue the dog routine.

It’s hard to believe how quickly I’ve got here. 1 week ago I had almost no ROM. Wednesday was my first day where I tried walking with only one crutch. Today, I just realized I could ditch them completely. It’s amazing how quickly the initial walking comes back.

Congrats on this milestone! It does feel great, and I will say Braveheart is one of my top 10 movies. I loved the analogy.

Does anyone have any hip issues with having the leg off balance? My casted leg is sitting up kind of high on the cast and walking boot — I wear a thick heel on the good leg, but I am off kilter and things are starting to hurt. Any advice out there?

craig - Congrats on FWB! Now you can carry the coffee and open doors at the same time. ;)

Or get the beers in !

:P

Or better yet, the scotch or bourbon!

I have to say, though, it is a bit frustrating to be sooooo much slower than I was on crutches. Thanks to all the posts from people ahead of me, I’ve really focused on the mechanics of how I walk, which I’m hoping will speed the full recovery process up.

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