Hip, Hip, Hooray!

I just got back from PT where I was able to put on two shoes with the AchilloTrain brace and (drum roll please…) walk without crutches! :) Woo-hoo! I have no shame in saying that half-way down the PT hall I started to get tears in my eyes. I couldn’t believe I was actually able to walk without crutches. I haven’t walked unassisted since May 21 and at times it felt like I was never going to really walk again.

Now I have all sorts of questions for the FWB in the group. Tell me about the speed of your walk early on and your gait. Did you see improvement in your walk in days, weeks, months, all of the above? How much were you able to walk early on? Any recommendations?

I was also told I could stop the blood thinner injections. Woo-hoo! My stomach was starting to feel like a pin cushion and I was cleared to use a stationary bike (no resistance) for up tp 30 minutes a day. My PT told me, “Let your Achilles be your guide.”  A return to some cardio workouts…amen!

Now, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my FWB tee-shirt! :)

Thanks for sharing in my good news. Happy healing everyone.

5 Responses to “Hip, Hip, Hooray!”

  1. Congratulations!! I find that my limp and my gait depend on a number of factors - how swollen I am, time of day, etc. I have noticed significant improvement in just the week and a half I have been FWB - most of the time. Then I woke up this morning and had a very pronounced limp - turns out I was sore an swollen from my PT yesterday. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!


  2. Congrats! I’m similar to Ed, in that, limp and gait all depend on swelling and time of day, the shoes i’m wearing (i’ve stuck to running shoes, birkenstocks around the house). Some days my leg hurts and I limp, other days, it doesn’t hurt at all and I don’t limp.I haven’t returned my crutches yet…i still use one sometimes in the morning. I still ice and elevate as soon as I get home from work. Unfortunately, the emotional roller coaster isn’t over, but now its more of a kiddie ride. LOL As i’ve commented previously, I’ve been getting leg cramps since going to FWB-two shoes. Last night was the worst. I did put a call into the ortho…If he has anything good to say, i’ll post it.


  3. YEEHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont worry about the tear in your eye . im there with you x still take it easy and keep us posted with your fwb progress xxxxxxxx

  4. whoooooooooooooooo hooooooooo. I’m not even PWB and I’m so excited for you. I just want to walk. Much like you want that great big piece of candy when you’re six…that your parents won’t buy you…thats just sitting in the window, and its before lunch and you didn’t eat all your peas for dinner…….oh to walk…
    Great job Zurich

  5. Thanks for the feedback on FWB and the positive thoughts. I am pumped. One day at a time…it feels great to see progress.

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