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Amanda_L : 30 weeks today
Diary entry posted Fri 1:29pm 31 July 2009

I have been back at work for 2 weeks with all restrictions lifted and it feels so good! I still keep my leg elevated as much as I can while sitting to prevent swelling, and its just overall more comfy up. I have major discoloration still, purple-ish when my leg is down for too long. I swell a lot by the end of the day and ice before bed. But, I am gaining muscle, gaining balance and gaining my life back!! I have been going to the gym daily before work to swim and bike and lift weights… its tiring but my strength has tripled in 3 weeks. My ROM is what they say “NORMAL” but I still feel like my muscles are pretty tight, as though I could go further in ROM if they would just loosen up. I went 6 weeks of PT without gaining one single degree of ROM, then took a 2 week break from PT while worker comp debated to pay or not, and VOILA! I gained ROM! Go figure. Once I was off crutches, I used a cane for about a week then decided enough was enough. I sloped pretty badly to one side for awhile, but its getting better. I still weeble when I walk, but its going OK. I have a lot of horrid shin pain, which I cant seem to get a handle on. I know I am locking my knee when I walk “As though you are still in a cast” is what they tell me… but I cant figure out how NOT to do this. So I am sure that is adding stress to the shin area. By the end of the day I weeble pretty bad. Overall, I feel like life is slowly coming back to me. I drive, I work, I work out, I do things with friends, finally. I try not to let that damn leg hinder me!! I cannot run, jump, or excessively jar my leg as it is not 100% healed yet, but I manage to find things to do at the gym. I can squat finally. That was one of the hardest motions to get down. I cant lunge yet, but its coming slowly. I can walk up the stairs normal, but still go one by one on the way down. I feel like I will fall or my ankle will buckle when I just look at the stairs below me. I work on this at home with railings. It’s the little things that are going good now… I can carry stuff in my hands, I can get out of bed without grabbing for sticks, I can shower normal, I can step over things normal, I can walk and get around so much better now, its great. I wish I could run, but it will come. I wish I could play vball too, but next year. I get pretty tired shopping, especially if I am pushing a heavy cart, which is irritating since I am determined to do things myself! I have to remind myself that I put my body through hell and it will take awhile to heal completely. I sometimes forge ahead and over do it because I feel so normal from time to time!!!! Thanks to this website, though I haven’t been on it in awhile, it was such a lifesaver for me. In the darkest of days, I knew I could log on and talk to others who KNEW what it was like. And still I check in to see how others are healing and then see all the new people out there and realize how long I have come.



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