WOOHOO!!! I can WALK again! Well, sort of...

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Thursday, January 9, 2014 5:12 PM


Since my cast was removed on December 29th, I've still been getting around the house using my knee scooter.  Several times a day, I have been practicing putting about 25% of my weight on my right foot using a scale.  I've also been flexing and pointing my foot (up and down ONLY, no side to side or twisting)  to work on range of motion, and wiggling my toes to help with circulation.  I've been careful but diligent, even though sometimes it's been painful.  But all that work has paid off.

Yesterday I went to my first physical therapy appointment since my cast removal.  After an initial evaluation to check my progress and under the watchful supervision of my PT Jamie, (drum roll please) I took my first steps in two months!!!.  Using a walker and only putting about 25% of my weight on my right foot, I managed to walk about 25 - 30 feet down the hall, around the corner, and back again.  It was physically challenging and painful at times.  And I was exhausted when I got home.  But it was an exciting milestone in my recovery.

In addition to my existing exercises, my homework for the next week and a half is to repeat this walking exercise 3 or 4 times a day.  I need to start slowly for short distances at first until I feel a little more stable.  I'm thinking bathroom runs...er.. walks are a good place to start.  And I should only be trying this inside for now and be careful not to over do it.  So no trips out to visit with the critters or into the garden without my scooter for now.  But that's okay.  I can deal with that.

I just walked from the front of my house down the hallway and back.  This is probably about the same distance as I traveled yesterday.  But it wasn't as exhausting as before.  I think yesterday I was tense with anticipation and yes, more than a little bit of fear.  Today?  I'm thrilled.

Woohoo!!!  I'll actually be able to get up tomorrow morning and celebrate my 50th birthday by WALKING from my bedroom to the bathroom!  Oh, the joys of celebrating the little things in life that we all take for granted...

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