Hi all, just a quick status update before I go off on a months holiday. I'm not expecting to have internet for most of it, and where I do it'll be on the smart phone, so not easy to do, I don't expect to be checking in here.
I'm heading off on a 3 week cruise from Sydney to Perth - over the top. Then a week in Perth before I fly home. Jade will be staying at home on her own, with the cat sitter coming in every day. She'll be so cross with me but she'd hate being in the boarding cattery even more.
I'm progressing well with the exercise routine on the affected leg post surgery. I still can't hop on that leg or do single leg calf raises on that side, but I'm back to double leg jumps, and stepping up and down from steps and taking stairs properly, even if slowly. I can go up without a rail now but not yet game to come down no hands. I still glare at the people who run up and down the stairs in the office :crying: Mostly because I'm jealous.
I'm hoping that once I get back from the holiday and have my next rehab specialist review I'll get the approval to go back to the running program. They wanted to get basic function and strength back before attempting to restart it.
The leg surgery has made a huge difference to my gait already even without having full function back yet. I no longer hitch my hip to get the foot through, my knee bends normally again,. and the flexor muscles in my calf and foot are starting to wake up (before surgery the assessment was that they were never going to be functional) but since the surgery they are trying to fire, they are not yet fully coordinated and tire very quickly, but it's now clear that I'll probably not have to have an AFO again. yippee :yay: The only down side has been that the toe curl is back with a vengeance, but I conquered that once I can do it again.
The hardest part has been unlearning the movement patterns that got me through the last 5 years, I only slip back now when I'm tired. And with the more normal walking pattern a lot of the lower back muscle pain has gone.