Posted by: timbertopper | May 21, 2010

Second Physio

I had my second session with the physio today.  I do most of the exercises on a daily basis at home as part of the recuperation routine but already can see the benefits in my range of motion, so lots of smiles there.

I have moved on very quickly, although whether that is because I was slow at getting going is something I am considering when reading others’ experiences (now checking into NormoftheNorth and Mikek753 as my baselines).

According to my physio I have now apparently permanently ditched the boot ( to ensure I get the flexibility back in my ankle) and am onto one stick.  The strange thing with this is that I am now moving slower than ever.  I have had plenty of previous experience on two sticks for minor injuries when younger, and so with very little recall I could get going on a huge body swing and even add a hop between stick contacts when trying to get anywhere really fast (e.g. down the station platform to catch the train - note this is not recommended unless you have a dry level surface and nobody in the way).  However, once my foot was reintroduced to the ground on PWB the contact slowed me down somewhat , and now I am on one stick I am having to be even more careful and precise, worry more about what others are doing around me, and learn what my foot can do in terms of strength.  This is all progress though and getting things right is more important than just getting there at normal speeds.  However, my competitive side is looking forward to being able to overtake someone on the pavement.

I have noticed a change in how the general public perceive me now I am one stick.  When on two I had unspoken sympathy, people would move out of the way and look to help through doors and such like.  They would even be impressed on the odd occasion I went up an escalator with little difficulty.  On one stick, that willingness of others to step in and engage has gone: having a free arm brings one back into the general melee, even though I am now slower and probably les manouverable than I was before.  I have been questioning my own attitudes on this aspect and realised that in the past have probably been no different in how I considered others.  A good lesson learned and another little silver lining of this experience.

One last thing whilst idly passing time: what to do with the now redundant crutch?  It is slightly sad to see it lying unused as it was (according to its label) made on my birthday.  However it has fallen apart in the last week so its timing was good.  We have been thinking what should go into a ‘Swiss Army’ crutch and have a list of 83 items that would be useful to build into the existing design, including bottle openers, laser pointers and retrieval magnets.  We have also tried to come up with the best alternative use: the winner so far is turning the crutch upside down so it can be used to walk hamster balls.  Perhaps I have too much time on my hands….

Responses

Cute, TT!

What you call “The strange thing” is quite normal. Crutch-walking is pretty fast on the level, as is boot-walking FWB, especially in a hinged boot. When you switch to 2 shoes, unless you’ve lingered in the boot until your calf strengthens (which I did 8 yrs ago), you’ll slow way down.

I did some of that “hop step and a crutch” that you describe, too. You won’t be doing that this week in two shoes, without crutches!!

Even people who wait until they can walk normally at high speed before they “lose” the boot, have to be much more careful in 2 shoes, because they’re more vulnerable.

If you think people cut close to you and don’t “give you a wide berth” with 1 crutch, wait ’til you go out in public with NO crutches or canes! One of my first such outings (this time) included 4 trips through busy downtown subway stations, and I once got bumped from behind and very nearly tripped (and maybe reruptured)! There’s an argument for carrying a cane or crutch with you on those kinds of outings, even after you don’t need it any more for support — just to help defend your space!

Finally, I hate to be a downer, but my crutches came in handy (stored in a corner of the basement, next to the skis) 8 yrs later, when I tore the other AT! I wasn’t exactly expecting it, though I knew there was some risk (esp. since I returned to the same high-risk activities and THEN some!).

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