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Annie : No more "training wheels"
Diary entry posted Wed 10:36am 13 April 2005

Apr 13

Yesterday, was another visit to my OS. He took another set of x-rays; all bones are healing well. He also said I no longer need my air cast, that it was doing more for my head than my ankle. Oh my gosh was that a scary thought, NO support at all for my damaged ankle. I have been wondering what it would feel like to "walk forth into the world" with no protection. It's scary but a bit exciting as I feel like I am reaching another mile-stone in the recovery of this break. My OS also manipulated the heck out of my ankle to see how it was doing. Oh my, did that hurt!!! I still have this excrutiating spot on the scar on my tibia which is searing, cutting pain when any type of pressure is put on it. I guess it is still up in the air as to whether it is somehow related to the 2 big screws. At any rate, by the time my OS was done ratcheting my foot all around, it was screaming. And I had PT 3 hours later. By the time I got to PT, I was already sore. Oh well ... My therapist would like me to wean off my air cast a bit when I am outside walking on uneven surfaces, so I get used to the feeling as balance and everything else has been tweaked by this. That makes more sense to me. He also said he has tried to explain many times to OS's that when they manipulate a patient's broken whatever under anesthesia is one thing, but when they are sitting in their offices and they aren't under anesthesia, that is another thing; IT HURTS !!! Well, duh!!! Any way, yesterday, I did the BAPS board a whole bunch, forwards and backwards over and over again. Oh OWWWW! And then came the lunges. More and MOre and MORE!!! Oh OWWWWWWW again!!! I knew that was going to hurt. Well, today, I am feeling muscles I am sure I have not felt for months as I quietly sat on my butt. I know this is all good for the recovery process, but boy some of this really takes some determination to work through the pain. Yesterday when I got home from PT, I looked like I had a donut of swelling all around my ankle. So, it was back on the pillow with ice, again. Today, doing my PT exercises was a lesson in determination, but I did them. I know I have to keep working through the pain to recover my ankle back to full mobility. Wow, what a process this is. Who would have known that something that took seconds to take place (the fall), would take SO long to recover from. I like to believe I am learning life lessons through this that I could not have learned any other way. Remember, "There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. We seek problems for their gifts." I love that saying. So, as of today, I am out of my training wheels and praying I don't crash and burn ...



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