Saturday, May 1, 2010
Next placemat warp. This one is one end of yellow, one end of a pale orange for the warp. The weft is a bundle of 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 ivory and 2 ivory slub. It looks much prettier in person. :)
One of the things I've learned the past 8 weeks is that recovery from trauma is not accomplished in a single bound, exclaiming ta-DAA!
It is, rather, a serious of small victories, some of them almost too tiny to notice.
Last Sunday I was able to stand with my weight equally distributed on both feet. On Monday I had my first physio therapy session and was given an exercise to help loosen my extremely stiff ankle. Gradually I was able to bend it a tiny bit further which made 'walking' and sitting much easier. One doesn't think about how much the ankle is flexed in order to sit and then stand up again, never mind walking. :}
Yesterday I had my second physio therapy session and was given two more exercises to build strength and yet more flexibility, this time side to side. By Friday I found I was able to hobble a few steps without support - no boot, no walker, no crutches.
But I am far from 'recovered'. It was only this morning that I was able to get into one of my own socks rather than Doug's 'sloppy' sock, and I still can't wear any of my shoes on my left foot except for a flip flop. I was able to force my ballet slipper on so that I could weave for a while this afternoon. Almost felt like a real weaver at that point! :D
I'll go back to physio therapy once more and then basically I'll be on my own to continue the stretches and strength exercises.
I will continue to wear the moon boot when I leave the house for a while. My ankle is still extremely sensitive to touch and an RN friend has cautioned me to be very careful not to twist my ankle. Wearing the boot and using a crutch (or crutches or eventually cane) lets the people around me know that I've got a problem and hopefully they will steer a wide berth around me. :}
On May 8th I have a 'fancy' function to attend. (I've been nominated for the local Art Gallery of Honour - extremely doubtful I'll make it in, given the competition!) I'll wear the boot because I don't know how much standing schmoozing we'll do or how crowded it will be. After that I think I'll see if I can leave the boot off when I leave the house.
Besides, if I still can't fit into one of my regular shoes, no one can fault me for wearing the boot. :^) It's basic black so it will go with the long black dress I'll be wearing. The aluminum crutches should make an 'interesting' accessory. :)
Currently reading The Truth by Terry Pratchett