Thursday night I decided to have my first evening out without my boot, someone was leaving at work and was going for a few beers and a curry, I set some simple rules for myself before leaving:
- Don’t drink more than 3 pints
- Don’t try to cross the road unless there is a big gap in traffic
- Always (ALWAYS) look where I am walking
- Don’t go too hot on the menu choice due to bed to toilet transit time!
It went well, and I enjoyed the freedom of having no boot in a social environment.
Saturday I decided to have a go at driving, my right foot being the injured one this has not been possible for me so far. I did a few laps of my local area then drove to the shops. It felt fine, but was hard work to begin with.
Yesterday I did some more driving and then 2 hours of gardening (Aircast back on for mowing the lawn) and yesterday evening I was really feeling like I may have done too much, my AT felt tight, my calf was hurting a bit and I had concerns. This morning however, my AT and ankle felt really good, a bit like your legs feel after a long bike ride, tired but well exercised.
So, I think that I have learnt from this weekend that it is okay to push, within limits, and in return you get rewarded with some progress, all be it fairly minor. Obviously this is a long road but every degree of ROM returning is a little step in the right direction. I drove today, 300% easier than Saturday, such a difference for 2 days.
My next goal is cycling (actually on a bike, rather than he physio exercise bike). I have this in my schedule for end of week 12.
Happy healing all.
3 comments May 7th, 2012