Me – My Left Foot

I am in Bed 3, though not right now. I am doing well enough I can go home and look after myself all long weekend. The walker photo is from week before last, the end of week two. I can easily make the rounds of the rehab gym on forearm crutches, and then on Friday, I successfully completed two laps with only two canes! Holy nervous cats that made me feel good.

My amputation at HSC was April 5th, and I was home April 9th, for my wound to heal,  and in Rehab July 16. Walking has been my main objective. For whatever reason, I do not have a lot of phantom limb/pain. The downside however is gravity when I walk, stand or sit. There is some improvement to sit now that my faux leg can hold up what remains of my left leg, like now working at my computer at home. My back’s a mess, lousy cartilage the culprit, plus the ankylosing spondylolisthesis (one vertebrae slipping over another), with genetic inheritance the main cause. So pain remains a significant disability.

The PT in Rehab have been great. Though I hope I can finish by Friday. Need to work more on my balance and walk around the room without mobility aids, though I will likely continue to use at least one cane to bolster my confidence and for things like pushing the door opening buttons. I will also get moving on my all-terrain scooter, not for my recovery but for wider range. While I will always have a wheelchair and forearm crutches, I want to roam and have some fun.


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