It is now almost week 19 in my recovery from my broken leg. Yesterday I had another PT session and my therapist said I walked better than he had ever seen me. I was a little stiff as I had done the hike to the top of my little mountain the day before, but all in all, I did great at the session. My therapist had me hopping and jumping all over the place. He also measured me again in preparation for my OS visit next week. My measurements were really improved from those taken a month ago. My therapist just kept saying how far I had come in a month. He also said I would probably only need a couple more weeks with him and he would release me. That statement was met by both excitement and a bit of fear. At that point I will be on my own to continue the rehabilitation of my foot to bring it back to its normal state. I am excited that all my hard work and teeth-gritting perseverence at times has really worked, but a little scared in thinking that my "coach", my therapist, will be out of the picture. He's such a good guy though, that I know that if I had questions about how best to do something, I could always call and ask. That is comforting.
As I sit here today, writing after yet another trek up my mountain trail, I am so thankful for the progress I have made. These broken leg journeys are something that unless you have been on one, are hard to understand. People seem to have the mistaken belief that they are some how a "vacation", a way to have rest and relaxation. In reality, they are some of the hardest work one can ever be faced with, and take some of the greatest determination to overcome that one can muster. As I sit here, I am so grateful for how far I have come, and all the wonderful things that have returned to my life. Nineteen weeks ago, I had a hard time visualizing what my life would possibly be like after this break. Now I can see, bit by bit, things that I love are returning. That is immensely pleasing to realize. There is a light at the end of this tunnel, and it's not an on-coming train! It's a bright, new sunny day!!! Yeay!!!