18 weeks non-op. I’ve not posted in a while because since I found my feet and returned to driving life has been a dizzy blur!
The achilles still gives me jip, as everyone says its a slow recovery, its there as a reminder throught the day which has got to be good otherwise we’d be doing dangerous stuff and putting ourselves at risk, so I think of it as a posative thing, a little post-it note saying "think".
The achilles itself is still enlarged and I gather from reading other posts on here that it may be like that full stop. I do some stretches before tackling the stairs each morning, 30 secs x 3 on both legs and it loosens up nicely after that and better after I’ve tackled the stairs a couple of times.
My walking has been improving steadily, although sometimes I think thats nothing has changed lately, but then I look back on the calander and see that its only been 3 weeks an d 4 days since I did a walk with a work collegue of a mile in total with a lunch stop mid way where I was walking reeealllly sloooowly and was having lots of pain that eveining (yes! ice & elevation), but then the following week did 2 miles with the same effect, and the following week did 2 plus miles, faster and even OVERTAKING OTHER WALKERS!! And to top it off, was comfortable that evening too. A massive rapid improvement, but we always want more don’t we?!
The limp is improving, sometimes I think its not there atall, then I catch sight of myself in a shop window and can see that it is, but I don’t think the general public would notice much, it seems to vary with tiredness etc, I’m also much better at walking up inclines, its really hilly in Sheffield and putting good leg infront of bad leg initally was not possible on the steep hill which we live on, but suddenly that it fine, just a bit slower.
I’ve been seeing the physio every 2 weeks (NHS), it deffo should be more, yes I can do most of the exercises at home but its knowing that you are doing them right when there is a 2 week gap and then you find out that you should have been doing it differently, knee more over the foot, more weight on the bad leg etc. The good news is that now I’ve reached this level of strenght/activity I can start a weekly lower limb gym class run by the physios, it sould be twice a week, but being the NHS its recently been slashed to weekly, just my luck.
The programme I’ve got consists of 5 mins warm up on a bike, then step exercises ie repeatedly stepping up bad leg first and down again but taking all the wt on your bad leg to get up, I was making the mistake of pushing off with my good leg. Then stepping down good leg first, concentrating on then keeping my bad knee over the foot, then some squats with a gym ball behing my back and bending my legs till it pulls, hold it for a few secs then push up using my bad leg. Then some lunges stepping forward with bad leg. Next some 2 legged heel lifts on the step which required confidence to let your bad foot hang over the edge as you rotate the weight over to good side.
All well and good until he gets me to show him my balance on bad leg, I showed off my great balancing skills, so he moved me on to the trampette, not bad at all, so he gave me a ball to throw at the wall and catch whilst balancing on the trampoline, it was avery bouncy ball, and a very bouncy trampette and I managed 2 and then 4 catches. Can one of you with a trampoline in your garden please get your agile kids to do that and tell me its possible please!! I’m hoping to progress to doing it whilst singing Hallelujha!’
Work is tiring, and its difficult getting out of the house in the morning and finding time to do as many exercises as I would like to before work and later in the day. Management have been good and given me adjusted duties to avoid the things that I can’t do safely yet, and are even sending me on a course to enable me to extend my role doing less physical activities for a few months untill I am able to lift/push/run etc So I can’t complain there.
This site has been a life saver for me, mostly uplifting and hugely informative and full of lovely helpful people, thanks guys. When I do my stair exercises if I’m feeling down I think about you all, one of my many visual helps is seeing the pictures that KKirk put up of his walk in the Appalachians (I think) and him sitting on top of a huge rock with great views at 8 months (Thanks Kevin), its great to have something to aim for, my aim is Stanage Edge in Derbyshire http://www.stanageedge.co.uk/gallery.html is 30 mins drive from home and I’m hoping do some walking there by the end of August.
Thanks for reading this, I have rambled on a bit sorry, there is light at the end of that tunnel, and whats more its sun light!
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