July 5 - Nov 5 progress
09 November 2016 | La Paz
So I've just passed the 4 month mark, by a few days. Now that I was given the ok to throw away one crutch - Oct 13-. I've done just that.
There have been a couple of rough days, but for the most part, 2 weeks later, I'm just using a cane. But, at the end of the day, my inclination is to reach for both crutches! Some mornings even find me walking in the store without any additional support.
The best part is that I virtually have NO pain in my knee. A couple of nights I've been kept awake from some deep achiness, but that's totally related to how much I tried to do. I now know that walking around Office Max and every aisle at City Club, followed by a jaunt at Home Depot was waaaay too much. I had a very slow day on Sunday.
The rest of my leg is experiencing 'growing pains'. New angles on ankle and foot bones. New pressures on the tibia and fibula are keeping me aware of my stride. I'm working really hard on walking correctly. For several years I didn't realize how poor my walking posture and stride was - I knew it wasn't good, but denial is sometimes an ok thing!
My PT now consists of strengthening the muscles in both legs, balance, walking and steps. I still don't trust my left leg, even though my knee joint feels really stable.
So, my thanks go out to Dr Jaime Michel Gutierrez, of UESO in Guadalajara, my family for putting up with me during this difficult time. You were all awesome and deserving of some sort of award!
Also to those of you who followed along, and have offered support, both on this forum and private emails- you know who you are! I love you all.