Vacation Report

Posted on August 8th, 2011 in Uncategorized by quepasa18

I am currently on vacation on the west coast (USA) and by and large it hasn’t been too bad. I am still on crutches so mobility has been somewhat difficult at times. First, I discovered that escalators are scary, scary things! I came upon one and just froze because I didn’t know strategically how to get on it. I figured it out quickly enough but I’m avoiding them from now on.

Of course, my boot set off the metal detector going through security so I had to have the full body patdown. While they did that, they sent my crutches, shoe, and boot through the detector. Everyone was nice so it wasn’t too bad. We got early boardIng on the plane so that was smooth.

I am still PWB but I’ve found I can go without the crutches for short stretches, which is nice, such as around the hotel room. But I do use the crutches when I’m out and about because I get tired quickly and don’t want to do too much too fast. I’ve also found that I have to think a lot about things like getting in and out of the shower in a different bathroom than I’m used to.

So, so far so good. It’s been good for me to do more than just sit at home. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the last few days. I’m scheduled to go to FWB in about a week and I know now that I’ll be ready for it.

4 weeks post op — PWB!

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 in Uncategorized by quepasa18

I saw my doctor today and he has now given me the go-ahead to start PWB. Yay! Although I must confess I started doing it a couple days ago. I just have to figure out how much weight I should be putting on it; I don’t think I’m putting enough on right now. But I’m just really excited to move to the next phase of this recovery. I can’t believe my surgery was a month ago already.

So here’s the schedule: I can walk with both crutches for a week. Then, I will switch to just one crutch for another week, and then can go to FWB in the boot. Can’t wait for that! Then at some point I’ll transition to 2 shoes. I assume that will be after my next followup appointment 4 weeks from now.

On Saturday I go on vacation, so the transition from two crutches to one will be while I’m there. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think I might stay on two a little extra just because I think I’ll feel more secure walking around Seattle and Portland with both crutches, but I’ll see how I feel.