Wednesday was my 15th physical therapy session. I’ve just about maxed out the leg press machine with 7of 8 elastic bands. Unfortunately, I had little progress with the calf raises since the last session. It is a stubborn muscle to train. We did increase the intensity of the stepping and balance exercises. At the end of the session, my therapist introduced me to the Bosu Ball. It is an inflated rubber hemispherical device about 2 feet in diameter. The purpose of it is to help build your balance and strength. While I didn’t master it in my first session, it does not seem to be as impossible as it looks at first glance. I’m going to be looking forward to playing with it some more. The good news of the day is that I’ve been cleared to walk outside on sidewalks provided I don’t put myself in a position to get tripped up. That means no walking the dogs for a while yet.
For the last week or so, I’ve been able to celebrate some small victories. Not only am I walking at home in 2 shoes and able to drive, I finally ditched the boot while sleeping. It feels so good not to have that boat anchor around my leg when I’m in bed. My doctor said I could have done it weeks ago but I toss and turn a lot at night and felt vulnerable without it. I also ditched my compression sock a few days ago. Once again the doctor said I could have done it weeks ago but I didn’t want to see my foot and leg blowing up like a balloon. Last week I was able to dig out a dwarf spruce tree (while in my boot) that died just before winter and replaced it with an arborvitae. My ultimate goals of running with my dogs, dancing with my wife, squatting 300 lbs. and just jumping up and down like a lunatic are still off in the distance but I’m getting closer. It feels great to think that I am really starting to win this battle.