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8 week update… Crutches blues

Filed under: Uncategorized — purple at 2:53 am on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hi all!

I will be 8 weeks post surgery tomorrow (9 weeks post injury). It feels like the last two months have crawled  by like a snail. 9 weeks of crutches and lost independence is starting to take its toll.

I am officially full weight bear now, however I can’t seem to kick these crutches. I’m not sure if it’s strength, confidence or what. I have tried one crutch ( on opposite side), I’m doing my hip exercises (as well as calf and achilles). I still have my vacoped fixed now a 0 degrees.

Im starting to get so frustrated that I can’t walk without my crutches and I wonder what others expereriences are transitioning from crutches to walking. I’ve been trying for about 10 days. Physio says I need to bd patient, but I’m concerned I’m going to slow and am too protective.

On the upside, I’m back at work full time, showering by myself with boot off, sleeping a little better, swelling is getting better and going to physio and masseuse each week.

Ive learnt a lot about myself and also myself as a health professional. I think I will have an absolute new empathy for my patients with a new understanding of pain, frustration, social isolation, loss of independence, and recovery.