9 weeks, 6 days, 2 shoes

January 27th, 2010

First day I went all day—drove myself to work, full day at work, one hour of PT and a church supper with NO BOOT! Went up 2 flights of stairs, no problem. Couldn’t go DOWN stairs very well. Patience.

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Another milestone

January 26th, 2010

9 weeks, 5 days post-op. Drove myself to work, put the boot on in the parking garage, stumped down 3 flights of stairs and into the building. Took my boot off for about half the day. Then drove myself home (sans boot, of course). It’s only 4 miles each way, but still!

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Things I used to take for granted

January 23rd, 2010

I drove to the grocery store today. Walked into the grocery store, bought a few things, drove home. All in Crocs and no boot.¬† Sure, I was limping like Quasimodo, but it felt just fine. Then some housecleaning, and I didn’t mind a bit! Now I’m gonna put my leg up and have a cuppa tea.

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PT with no boot

January 20th, 2010

Tomorrow will be 9 weeks since my surgery. I did my whole PT routine today (bike, boards, gait, lunges, squats, step ups, etc) in 2 shoes.¬† It felt fine. I hate the idea of “weaning” myself from the boot. I want a schedule!

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Baby steps

January 19th, 2010

Took off the boot as soon as I got home from work. Trying to walk like the PT wants. Land with the heel, roll off the toes. It’s a little easier if I take pretty small steps. I’m supposed to bring two shoes to PT tomorrow!

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Ouch! That really smarts!

January 18th, 2010

My PT really amped things up today, had me practice weight shifting, and then walking all over with the correct gait (land on the heel, roll off the toes) and then stretches on an incline ramp all with no boot. I was elated to be doing some new things in PT-but now my leg is killing me. I tore my AT on both ends, and it is at upper calf end (where they could not repair surgically) where I’m having the worst pain. Ow, ow, ow. Up and iced now, maybe some ibuprofen before bed.

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Drivin’, Drivin’ in my car!

January 18th, 2010

Keep hearing that Tracy Chapman song in my head. I DROVE today, 11 weeks after I first ruptured my right AT, and 8 and 1/2 weeks after surgery. Only a short trip to Starbucks, but it felt GREAT! A little tight, but the actual driving felt like I’d never stopped. I’ve been thinking about all the chauffeuring¬† my husband did, with never a word of complaint. I’m actually going to miss carpooling with him. Married for 26 years, and I’d still rather spend time with him than with anyone in the whole world. It’s good to be thinking about how lucky I am for a change :)

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2 shoes wanna be

January 16th, 2010

I’m supposed to be “weaning” myself off the boot, so I thought I’d put on 2 shoes today just to see how it feels. NONE of my shoes fit onto my right foot any more. I hope this isn’t permanent- I have a LOT of shoes :) I ended up wearing a pair of crocs, which someone on here had suggested. They’re pretty comfortable, if not stylish.

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PT again

January 15th, 2010

It’s hard getting there 3 times a week- and a drag for my husband, I’m sure. He has to drive me everywhere. He never complains because he is too kind, but I’m sure he’s sick of it. At least my PT is sweet and funny and I can definitely feel the improvement every time. Today I rode the exercise bike without the boot on- it didn’t hurt much, but it did feel strange. I graduated to the hardest therapy band, which is black- so my husband said now I can tell people I have a black belt.

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First day- no crutch at all

January 14th, 2010

Still wearing the boot at work, but today was the first day I didn’t even bring a crutch to work. I made it all day with just the boot- so I changed my status to FWB! Walking barefoot at home, but not very well yet. Let’s just say I wait until I really really really have to go to get up :)

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