Laundry here is on the same floor as everything else. No stairs unless you want to go outside into the big, bad world. Did I mention that I run a drive thru beer and wine store?Employees get stuff at cost!
Liz, baby steps. They all add up. You gotta push through.
Your commune is sounding better and better each day!
I know I need to take the baby steps before I can walk again. I think everyone else's attitudes are rubbing off on me though. The ones of "oh wow..a step...". I feel like i SHOULD be doing more, but I'm not, and I feel pathetic.
It doesn't help that I have a friend who was in a VERY severe accident (she was riding her horse on a road and a truck delibrately sped up and swerved into her. the horse was killed instantly and she was thrown like 100 feet.) who keeps posting about her own recovery. I know every injury is different, and I am SOO thankful my friend is okay, but it makes me feel weak and like a loser because her injury was much more severe than mine, and she is progressing at what seems to be a much faster rate. I want her to be okay, but I also don't want to feel like a loser. It makes me think, what more can I do if Em is already lifting her legs and being mobile around the house?
Sorry for the rant...
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Don't compare yourself to other people. Work at your own pace but try to do a little more very day. I'm going to be sounding just like you in a month or so and then you can rag on me. You know we do it because we love you.
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I don't think they caught the person. I believe it was a hit and run.
I know not to compare other people's situations to my own, but it's human nature I guess.
I feel like I hoped I would start walking and it would be instantaneous that steps became easier. I realize that's a bunch of hooey, but you know.
I said to my mom earlier today (in a bout of frustration) "I can't believe people will spend months video taping their little toddler taking his first steps, but a 26 year old after a severe accident doesn't even bear watching" (I was angry because I was trying to show her that I was walking. She didn't seem impressed)
Oh well. At least I have you all.
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OK, Liz, first of all, you are NOT NOT NOT pathetic! It takes time to heal from these traumas to our bodies. From what I can see in your little avatar, you have a BIG honkin scar! That's a major assault on your foot and your entire body! One step here, a hop there, it all adds up. Be more patient with yourself. And definitely give some hoots and hollers when you do take a step. You've earned some attention.
If there's anything I've learned having identical twins, it is that two people cannot be compared to one another. Even with identical DNA, every person is different. And we all certainly heal at different rates. (BTW, having 18yo twin girls is a motivation for me to get out of the house--get me outta this place!).
And secondly, I want IN on this commune. Ginger can bring the hooch and we'll have one great big scar party. Bring on the good lookin boy toys to wait on us. I'm lovin this idea!
Surg repair of Peroneal Tendon Subluxation w/Fibular Groove deepening, Ligament reconstruction, debridement of osteophytes (spurs); orig injury 1976 car accident, broken ankle & femur
Ok, here is what I'm thinking. I've got a Rogue so I can pick up four other people on my way to Ginger's place. There is room in the back for all of our walking implements. I can cook and Ginger is obviously in charge of beverages. We all have more than enough happy fun pills so that's covered too. Kimberly is in charge of choosing our firefighter type dude since she will be recovering from watching a bunch of grown women go all grrrrr on her boyfriend. Everyone bring comfy clothes because we have no one to impress.
Sound like a plan girls?
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You are not ranting and even if you were who cares? The people on this board are the only ones who fully understand. I've run into several people who say something like "you're still using your cane huh?" We'll yeah Bucky I am. Right now I am loving the fact that I can walk even if my gait is more like Quasimodo than fashion model but I'm getting there. I'm thinking "yeah me I'm walking with a cane". But unless you have had to crawl to the restroom you don't appreciate how wonderful those baby steps can be.
Rant away here and if needed swat at the ones who aren't impressed with your fabulous walking skills ala crazy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
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Wow, I relate so much to all these posts. It's never-ending. My worst story to add is when my landlord told me I was being too lazy, that he was walking after 6 weeks when he broke his leg, and then he grabbed my crutches while I was walking (!), threw them off the balcony (ironic, considering), told me to go walk down and get them. He then went down and got one crutch, and I had to slide on my butt all the way in the grass to the backyard.
No one has any idea how severe this is. Okay, you walk on crutches, big deal. Okay, try making dinner for five on one leg. Or getting in and out of the bathtub. Or putting on pants.
This has definitely made me stronger but I am so sick of it. My goals are centered around my injury, not my education, job, or physical fitness.
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You girls are such a hoot. I have a Toyota Yaris.. It will probably fit into the back of your Rogue. I am not using any crutches or walking implements right now so that will save some space. That may not be the case a month from now but for the time being that is how it is. I went to the store today and after a trip up and down two aisles in a shoe store my heel felt like it was going to explode. Guess that crunching I had the other day wasn't a good thing. haha At this point he wants me to get strength built up so I am going to keep walking. Can't get any worse. Guess I best get off here and get the ad posted for a hot firefighter.
My husband has a 4 door Denali pickup truck, I can haul a lot in it, I can haul all of our knee walkers, crutches, canes, mobility carts, shower chairs, and raised toilet seats down to Gingers. I am good at limping around Walmart, so I can do the shopping for all of us.
Ladykanner, then you won't have to worry about going to the store and returning with your ankle double in size or falling down the stairs because your boyfriend cannot do laundry. FYI: I seen some really nice looking firefighters when I was in NYC. (oooh LA LA)
Oh yea, I will do ALL of the laundry of our comfy clothes and inserts of our cam boots and the house cleaning at Gingers, (I am a cleaning fanatic and I am good at scrubbing floors and toilets on my knees, scrubbing showers sitting in my shower chair and hanging off of my knee walker while cleaning windows and reaching to dust ceiling fans as well as ballet dancing around with the knee walker and the vacuum cleaner cord)
I will also bring my left over meds and lots of ice for our swelling!
I am doing my laundry today!! He carried my laundry basket down for me and I am walking outside and around to my basement. My basement stairs are very narrow and not safe for me to go down with my boot. I slipped and fell all the way down a year or so ago. Had the largest bruise of my life!! I live in a 4 story townhome. I just walk outside and to the back basement door to do my laundry now that I am in a walking boot. Walmart always has sit and shops! HAHA We can have sit and shop races!
I put my cam boot insert in the frontloader on gentle cycle, then I hang it to dry. I have an outside cam boot (insurance paid) and bought another one for indoor use since I would be in it a long time. I also wear light white surgical socks over my foot and up to my knee, it is open on both ends. My surgeons office gave me them. They are nice to wear. I do not sweat either but I was told to wash the insert every once in a while.
I am glad your boyfriend carried the laundry down for you today. So his arms are not broke?? Oh my goodness, that is a lot of stairs in a townhouse!
I am fast on the sit and shops, I used one the other day at the grocery store and my son was so embarrassed because when I backed up, it beeped very loud and everyone would look at us. He kept running a way from me, but I always caught up to him. LOL
The joy of sit and shops! I feel like it is saying WIDE LOAD alert!!! Have you been stranded out in the store yet when the battery dies? That's a real trip! Feel like they have to page "call the vet! We've got a down cow!" Haha. I have two boots too one I had before surgery and one after.