I’ll be 11 weeks post-op Monday and things continue to improve slowly and steadily. I completed my first full time week back at school and it went very well. My stamina isn’t what it once was but the foot felt pretty good. The first few days I had some swelling at the end of the day, but by the end of the week I wasn’t having much at all. It is great to be back teaching although I arrived just in time to teach the reproductive system, not my favorite unit to teach 5th graders!
I really look forward to my PT appointments. She cleared me to ride on flat terrain and I plan on doing a Mother’s Day ride tomorrow. I don’t have huge expectations of how it will be, probably weird, but I can’t wait to have the bike back in my life. My goal is to get in the woods in another month. I’ll be careful of course. She checked how much weight I was able to lift on calf raises and it is about 25 percent of my body weight. Not sure if I should be farther along than that, but I was pleased to get a # so I can measure my future progress. I’m doing great on the wobble board so the balance board with half a ball on top is what I’m trying to master next. I can stay on it, but it’s not graceful.
So life is good. I’m still being very careful but a few times this weekend my foot did “normal” things it hasn’t since pre-injury w/o me even thinking about it. I started to chase my toddler and broke into a very slow jog. It just happened, that’s the best way to describe it. I REALLY noticed how weak that leg still is once I paid attention to what I was doing. I also did a small leap (if you could call it that) over something on the floor. I didn’t do the leap because I panicked, I just did it naturally.
It’s been great to read about everyone’s progress and to the people who are newly injured-there is a light at the end of the tunnel (cliche statement but I can’t think of anything more profound :))