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Weeks 6-11: The Trip and back

It seems forever that I last was here - the names on the recent comments seem so unfamiliar.  Anyway, Hi to my old blog buddies and new ones as well.
I try to give a quick summary of the past weeks:
Week 5- PT every day, madness at the office, last week of school for kids, packing up [...]

It seems forever that I last was here - the names on the recent comments seem so unfamiliar.  Anyway, Hi to my old blog buddies and new ones as well.

I try to give a quick summary of the past weeks:

Week 5- PT every day, madness at the office, last week of school for kids, packing up - so total chaos

Week 6 -9 The TRIP! Yay! We had a great flight from London - we managed to get the first row of the economy section, with the bassinet tray seats - much legroom, easy to stand up, close to bathroom - so perfect.  I had one of those gym mattrasses with me rolled up - perfect height and texture to keep my leg elevated.  British Airways has these individual screens and a great selection of movies - so even the 10 or so hours passed considerably easy with the kids.  Arriving in Phoenix, AZ was hell - it was 114 F !  I don’t think I ever felt so scorched! At least in the Canyon it got cooler for the night.  The Grand Canyon is of course awesome.  Wish I could have hiked, though.  My heart was aching just to be the whimp tourist - just to admire everythig from the rim.  The others went on the mule ride which sounded like fun but I would rather hike.  I kept telling everyone that I know a guy who did the Blue Angel Trail at 10 weeks post-op.  Ross, having seen the place makes me wonder even more how you could do it!? I am so proud of you!  Since my son was not tall enough for the mule ride (which devastated him but what he handled so maturely) I took him on a rafting trip on the Colorado River (smooth water but fun though) It was just SO hot! It felt great to soak my elephant leg in the ice cold water when we had the lunch stop.  The rest of the first two weeks meant much sitting in a minivan with my leg elevated. BUT! I ditched the crutches around week 7 - which opened up totally new horizons : life with two hands! Yippie!! I had a walking stick for “emergencies” - but it made me limp even more so I didn’t use it.  But I kept the boot on for the whole trip when I was outside.  Inside I tried two shoes - it was just difficult to find a shoe which didn’t irritate my incision. So I ended up wearing my daughter’s lowtop Converse until she confiscated it back.  The last leg of the trip in DC and NYC was great - I didn’t feel I had to miss out on anything because of the leg. Yes, we could have done more, I could have been faster but both the kids and I accepted it as it was.  We enjoyed what we had and didn’t long for what we couldn’t.  The flight back fom NYC was uneventful and passed quickly - and then here we were, back to life, back to reality :-) Oh, one more thing - I had wheelchair service at the airports and that was a good idea - especially at Heathrow.  That new terminal is HUGE! Also, I rented the electric scooter a couple of times, in Sea World, in the Desert Museum - in places which required a LOT of walking.  It was easier on my leg and also the others didn’t need to slow down for me.  Trying to hold kids back when they can run and see Shamu the Killing Whale? Come on :-).

Week 10 - I officially ditched the boot.  Still trying to find the best shoes, though.  I bought a pair of those ortho slippers.  They look a little too Granma-ish but have a little heel and inside cushing - and don’t bother my incision. Which, by the way, look quite ugly.  It is LONG and crooked and grayish. I resumed PT because the swelling was quite alarming. Also my whole leg has a darker color - I suppose the circulation is still not up to OK.  I have peripheral circulation problems to start with - my feet are always so cold. Guess it doesn’t help either. The doc says my ROM is quite good.  I just need to get my mucles back so I will start going to the gym now as well.

And one more thing _ I started to DRIVE!! What a great feeling to be reoriented to independence!! My friends and colleagues were great at helping out, we could have not survived without them.  But to be dependent was hard on me.

Week 11: - here I come with great memories from the trip, an improving leg and a regained sense of normal life (or almost) :-)

Happy healing to everyone - it is good to be back.

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Well done! Glad you were able to have such a great trip this summer.

I agree, being able to drive again — priceless.

1 tennisjunkie July 28, 2008 12:59 pm

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