May the 4th be with you
May 4th 2017
I received my "sky walker" today. I took my first steps using a walker on my new reconstructed lower right leg. I wanted to walk for hours but only made it a few steps.
The steps will be painful and the rehab process will require even more patience then in previous months. I am a very active person, so the go ahead, stop, wait, rest, repeat becomes a frustrating cycle.
I started with my stationary bike for 60 minutes each morning.
Followed by gentle yoga stretches and range of motion exercises for my ankle.
I went to Physiotherapy in Casselberry, Florida to improve and increase
the actions of my foot and develop my gate once again. I would walk for time increments, starting at 5 minutes in a row and eventually 15 after the first 3 weeks.
MAY, JUNE, JULY,
I developed a routine and began to come back to life. I started teaching and taking yoga here and there again, modifying the poses to fit my new body. I was feeling confident but also feeling like something wasn't right. The pain was getting worse and worse. I was able to walk for only short periods and by the time the day was over, I needed to ice and elevate and take a pain killer. I eventually invested in a cane to aid in the movement and just accepted that this would be my new life. The force was strong in my lower leg... an excrutiating painful force that is.