Well, I drove a bit with my husband last Sunday, he decided I could safely drive and so last Monday & Thursday I drove to and from Physical Therapy. Tuesday & Thursday I drove to the pool and back (and had great swims). I had signed up to take a continuing ed class on Friday & drove to and from that. Saturday & Sunday my husband & I did some shopping and other errands, I drove us around for those, too–probably close to 130 miles last week… It’s great to be driving again, to have that much more freedom, and I have had no trouble at all with it.
Saturday & Sunday I wore 2-shoes all day, not open-back ones, and that went fine…I walked all around 2 grocery stores (pushing the shopping cart for a little stability), and I have had no pain and only a small increase in swelling (I have a bit of swelling in my foot all the time). I am slow in walking, but my gait is fairly even, with a slight tendency to rotate the “bad” foot laterally as I step forward.
My PT has said she feels I am safe in 2-shoes, but on Thursday and again this morning counseled me to wear the boot to my MD appointment today…she says my orthopedist is quite conservative and would want to be the one who tells me when it’s OK to go to shoes… This morning she measured my active assisted dorsiflexion at 30 degrees and active flexion at 19 degrees. Active plantarflexion was 30 degrees.
I took my PT’s advice regarding the boot, did not mention that I have been driving for the past week, and my visit to the orthodoc went very well indeed. He says I can (officially) drive, wear 2-shoes and continue PT to work on my gait & strength. Best of all, I can plan to go back to work on February 27th! (That last is particularly good, as it will keep me from having to pay almost $2k for insurance coverage for the month of Feb. I ran out of sick leave about a month ago, so have no money coming in right now.)
I am feeling very positive about my progress, and feeling positive about the future. I plan to swim every day this week, and have been working on getting my exercise bike moved here (to my mother’s house, where I am living these days) so I can use that daily also.