Posted by: craig | June 21, 2008

Post Op 9 weeks + 3 days - weeeee

Decided to try something this morning that we right leg ATRs have dreamt about for a while, driving.  We needed to get a couple of things for my son’s birthday party, so I volunteered to drive to the store and get the items.  My wife hemmed and hawed for a second, but I think it was just for show as she has to be tired of doing all of the driving… 8-)

It was a pretty un-eventful trip.  About 3 or 4 miles round-trip with about 5 stoplights each direction and a max speed of ~30mph.  Accelerating was a bit difficult, don’t expect to see me winning any drag races anytime soon, as the fine muscle control just isn’t there.  I considered this a good thing as not going too fast means no chance of braking too fast/hard.  The difficult part was the drive back.  I walked around in the store for a good 1/2 hour, so when it was time to leave, I was already getting fatigued.  I used my left foot for initial braking on the way home, and switched over to my right foot for the fine part (I hate the jerk stops that I get when braking completely with my left foot.)

Clearly, it’s going to be a while before I’m ready for a major road trip, but hopefully, with a little more practice and continuing to do my exercises and PT, I’ll be able to make the 10 mile morning commute to work and allow my co-workers to turn in their taxi badges.

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Craig:

I am in a boot and 3 weeks, two days post op. I was so stir crazy this morning, I drove to the gym for a chest workout with my boot on. My wife wasn’t there to hem and haw because she ran a race this morning. Call me crazy, but it was wonderful for the soul.

I, too, had difficulty accelerating. It was really funny reading your post and going through the very same thing on the very same day. Also, my co-workers have been great as well.

Keep up the great posts!

…been driving lefty since May 28th…so far so good…two-shoes hopefully next Friday.

Slow and steady wins the race.

[...] Post Op 9 weeks + 3 days - weeeee Decided to try something this morning that we right leg ATRs have dreamt about for a while, driving. We needed to get a couple of things for my son’s birthday party, so I volunteered to drive to the store and get the items. … [...]

Craig..

Try a post a picture of your ATR.

Doc Ross

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