Feb 20 2010
So did I mention I was a teacher? I teach 3rd grade and really couldn’t stay on my couch for three weeks. Not sure I could have handled it. The Dr. said I he didn’t want me standing on my crutches all day and I couldn’t see myself in a wheel chair. He suggested the Roll-a-Bout, which is essentially a four wheeled scooter. I kneel with my injured leg sticking straight out behind me and use my good leg(left) to propel myself. Works pretty good and I manage some semblance of independence.
What I wasn’t prepared for was how exhausted I would be at the end of this week. My wife keeps reminding I just had surgery a week ago and I probably should have taken the week off. In hindsight, she might be right, but at the same time my mood is so much better, because I’m out of the house and off the damn couch. I hate my couch right now. In fact, I’m not sure I ever want to sit or sleep on it again.
Anyway, things went pretty well. The teachers think it’s hilarious to see me wheeling around the building. Made all the more humorous because we are a round building and I’m the only male classroom teacher. The kids have been great and I think the novelty wore off pretty quick. On Tuesday I let them ask as many questions as they needed and they had some really good ones. As I said had a pretty good week until Friday.
On Tuesday I stumbled on my crutches and fell back on the heel of my cast. Jarred myself pretty good and spooked myself but nothing seemed wrong. Friday, well on Friday the wheels of the scooter hit something as I was rolling it back from my teaching platform. Next thing I know I’m actually falling backwards, pulling the scooter with me. Trying not to panic, I release the scooter and frantically work to unbend my casted leg and keep it from hitting the ground. I think did just that as I landed on my back. Kids all held their breath and the closest few ran to my aid. I was embarrassed and freaked out. Very worried but have to play it off so the kids don’t see anything wrong. Lets just say I was more aware of any little thing in that cast for the rest of the day.
I’m sure the stiffness is normal and the incision is probably healed but I still can’t help wonder if I didn’t mess something up. I’m assuming this is why I’m in cast, otherwise I know I would have damaged myself further. Today is Saturday (day 9) and I’m just going to stay on the couch, leg propped up and watch the Olympics and sleep.