Friday, August 7, 2009

Step By Step

Five months have past since my foot reconstruction surgery and the recovery continues.

My last doctor's visit in July went very well. He said that my progress was "amazing." We discussed my goals of walking without the support of braces and wearing "pretty shoes." The doctor stated that I should be able to walk occasionally without the braces within a year to 18 months.

Going into the surgery, I had a schedule.
Getting around the house on a walker--day after surgery
Back to work--2 weeks after surgery
Wearing pretty shoes--end of the summer

So, when the doctor told me that I wouldn't be walking in my pretty shoes for at least another year, I was shocked. For goodness sake, I have a schedule!! (Not that I have been able to keep any of the other timelines.) I looked at the doctor and simply told him that I had a schedule and his timeline didn't suit mine. When I told the doctor that I planned to be able to walk with braces by the end of the summer, he said "You need to be a little more realistic." He went on to explain that although he rebuild the structure of my foot, that I still have the underlaying problem of the CMT is still there.

Somehow, through all the months of recovery, I had forgotten about the CMT. The focus became healing the foot. In my mind, I equated repaired foot with the cure for everything. Realism had flown out the window.

So, here I am, going to physical therapy dutifully every 2 weeks. The foot is becoming stronger and I can walk without the brace for a few minutes at a time. The physical therapist is pleased with my progress and is happy that I am using only a cane for support.

I will continue to practice walking at home and I am willing to amend my "pretty shoe" deadline to Christmas!

Step by step my recovery continues!

Thank you for reading and God bless,


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update. It is slooow, but looks like good progress. Oh, that we could implement our "own" time table. :-)