Moving along-11 weeks

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 :))

4 Comments so far

  1. sara on May 8th, 2010

    I had to share that I accidentally broke into a jog the second time this weekend…when I came across a skunk in my yard!

  2. normofthenorth on May 8th, 2010

    It sounds good, Sara! If you’re already saying goodbye to swelling or discomfort at the end of a day when you’re “up” and your foot is “down”, then you’re WAY ahead of me in that category! Mine’s much better than it was that way, but the progress has been very slow and still has a bit to go at 21 weeks!

    I think it was around 11 weeks when I ran a few steps on a crosswalk, when the light was changing. Tonight I seriously considered trying drop-in late-night beach volleyball, though I wimped out instead.

    If you’re typical of this crowd and me, you’ll be surprised at your lack of overall fitness when you start bicycling.

  3. sara on May 9th, 2010

    Late night beach volleyball sounds like a blast! Keep us posted when you do a drop in!

    I just got back from my ride. It felt weird but good. I went for about 1/2 an hour. Although I’m not in shape, it was the calf weakness on my injured leg that was GLARINGLY obvious. It was so strange. That part of my body just stood out as being exceptionally weak. I’ve never experienced that before. Very Strange. Anyway, after the bike ride I did a 20 minute walk. So I got about an hour work out in and finally had that endorphin rush I’ve been missing the past few months. It was wonderful. I had a few minutes of feeling discouraged/mad when I saw one of the women I bike with emerge from the woods, muddy and strong. I felt a moment of “why can’t that be me?”. But then I remembered it WILL be me eventually and I’m confident I’ll be stronger than ever. It just may take awhile.

  4. normofthenorth on May 9th, 2010

    Actually, I’d forgotten the ankle-AT weirdness I felt when I first bicycled in shoes. It was worst going over bumps or potholes, while splitting my weight on the balls of both feet. The bumps would strongly shove my “bad” ankle into dorsiflexion while it had half my weight on it, and it was only marginally ready for that.

    So I adapted my technique, and shifted my weight to the other foot whenever it looked bumpy. (This was Toronto streets, not backwoods!) I never caused any injury, and I think it was pretty good therapy for me. Now my ankle loves my bike, and the rest of my bod is coming around, too!

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