Happy Halloween my Achilles friends!
I did PT today. Py therapist is not to thrilled with me. I have been walking around without my crutches. I am supposed to be 50% weight bearing….so he is not impressed. Ooops, it just felt natural to do that. Also he was hoping my dorsiflexion would be at neutral by now. I AM NOT. So I need to redeem myself with my PT homework and USE MY CRUTCHES!!
Happy Halloween my Achilles friends!
Today I finished day #2 of P.T. It went great! I am getting to range 0 or neutral. I have to take a belt and pull my foot towards me for homework, and I have one of those special skin tape things on my leg to help my muscle to work. I am looking forward to tomorrow!
This morning I was determined to have a cup of fresh coffee in the living room. I was able to something AMAZING! While on crutches and in my boot at 50% pwb. I was able to make it from the kitchen to the couch with my cup off coffee. Now I may have had a half a cup left by the time I got there, but thats what our dogs are for, to clean up the mess. I say, if you want to do something, do it!
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
— Edward Everett Hale
Okay, today was my first day of PT. I was nervous and excited. I learned how to go up stairs backwards. I wish I had learned that a month ago! LOLOLOL. Not alot happened. just my initial assesment. I have to admit, my Physical therapist is young and when he read my chart (especially my surgial notes) he was freakin out. OK that makes me feel great. He says “well we were going to set you up with 8 weeks of PT, but lets shoot for 3 months” WHAT! Ok, I get it. We have to move slow. When we tool my foot out of the boot for him to take a peak, my foot was wiggling on it’s own. WIERD! I do feel more secure in the boot. More brave with what I am doing, however I need to be careful. I sometimes get a little to brave and end up hurting myself. Hoping for a great weekend. PROGRESS! PROGRESS!!
Today I had my cast removed! I was fitted for a boot and I can do up to 50% weight bering. YAY! The incision is looking great and I start PT tomorrow morning! I am so nervous and excited! My heel feels like there are little pins and needles in it. SO STRANGE! I was told that PT will be difficult and work throught the pain! NO pain meds. OOOKAY! I am a tough girl, I can handle it. Right? So a sigh of relief today…..aaaahhhh!
I have 3 doctor appointments this week, starting tomorrow! It’s going to be a crazy week! Tomorrow I see my P.A. for my Coumadin therapy. Wednesday I see my surgeon. He is going to remove my wickely awesome black cast and evaluate my ankle and incision. If the tissues are healed properly I will be fitted for a boot and can start PT. Thursday I start PT, if Wednesday goes well! I am hoping for ALL GOOD NEWS!! Whoo hooo!
Also, the woman who cleans the place where I work, took the time to handmake me 2 toe socks to go over my cast! HOW SWEET IS THAT? People can surprise you!
I am work! Which is great! Sitting at the desk, trying to be productive! Listening to fabulous music! I am sitting with my legs crossed to keep my foot from resting on the ground…I will be putting my foot up in a bit! Good to be busy!
Because of my injury and the loooong recovery I will have to deal with, I had to give up my loft apartment in downtown Alpena,MI. Moving back home with my parents. YIKES! This is how I see it. They are helping me recover and taking care of things that I can’t do for myself. They are willing to take me back in and invade their home with all my belongings, cat and I can be a handful. I am thankful for them! Their home is located on beautiful Grand Lake. Couldn’t ask for a better view. I am surrounded by friends and family. In this economy, I am thankful to be able to save a few bucks…..So it is a blessing. A fresh start!
Super sore today and yesterday. I feel my incision. I am in a hard cast. I cant tell if this is normal or not. The stitches are out, but it feels like they are still there. This weird irritating feeling. Plus my ankle just feels sore, along with the back of my knee! I just cant wait to get a pedicure!
This is my new philosophy on life and how to live with passion.
Most people never get there. They are afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself and extraordinary trip.