Getting Around….

March 15, 2010 | |

….is not as bad as I thought it would be. 

Crutches became much easier when I learned how to use my arms and wrists instead of my armpits.  Its a good workout and challenge.  I know I have to find something that will keep my body in shape since I can’t walk.  Of course I took walking for granted.  Not only the convenience of getting around, but the physical benifits.  If I maintained the same diet and sat around, I would loose a lot of muscle and gain plenty of fat. 

Another great piece of hardware is the leg caddy thing.  I don’t even know what it is called.  The 4-wheeled scooter that I kneel on.  What a great invention for getting around the house or anywhere!  I did some yard work the other day thanks to that thing!  I highly recommend one.  They don’t help much with stairs, but crutches are great for that.  If you didn’t get one - ask your surgeon to prescribe one and your insurance might pick up the rental.  I got one for $90 a month. 

Cast on tomorrow - 4 more weeks of crutches and scooter.  Not too bad.


2 Comments so far

  1. "Frouchie" or "Grouchie", or just "Chris" on March 16, 2010 6:16 am

    Glad to hear you’re up and moving around.
    I like your attitude…yes having this injury and having to use crutches and all really isn’t what any of us really want. But you have kept an open mind and have shown you can make do with them even if they are kind of a pain.

    Thank you and keep us posted on your recovery.

  2. normofthenorth on March 16, 2010 11:20 am

    I’d try to convince your Doc to get you into a boot sooner, and get some Weight Bearing (gentle at first) much quicker, like at 2 weeks post-op. (Doug53 started way sooner than that!)

    Check out the protocol(s) on my blog for scientific evidence that quicker rehab produces consistently good results (with and without surgery).

    I’ve been on that pretty-quick protocol, and it’s the reason I didn’t get around to buying a kneeling “walker” on Craigslist! I had just lined one up at a good price when I started getting WB, so I skipped the little scooter!

    By about 5 weeks after I was slapped in the boot (no surgery!), I kept forgetting where I’d left my little cane! That schedule is more fun than yours, as well as proven effective.

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