My walk is not pretty and I do have a bit of walk envy as I watch others saunter so easily about without even thinking of the motion. I have a limp, which I am trying to correct. When I am really concentrating on every step, I do okay. However, when I forget and start to hurry around, I sort of swing limp and my right hip goes up and down. The muscles on my left knee and leg are still healing and are keeping me from having a normal gait. I keep exercising and practicing. It is as if deep inside my left leg, I have a rock that does not let me bend normally. I have no pain just some achiness that is easily remedied with Ibuprofen. I am hoping to make a full recovery eventually. Occasionally I get impatient or discouraged or just plain tired so I made this list and am thankful!
- I cornered my cane on Saturday and have not used it since.
- I can go up and down stairs every other foot instead of one foot at a time without holding on to a railing.
- I can comfortably cross my legs—right over left or left over right.
- I can get down on the floor and up again without using a prop.
- I pitched my Handicapped Parking Placard (good through February) because I can walk and I need to walk and I am glad to walk.
- I am starting my morning regular walking exercise with my walking partner.
- My hubby sees me as capable again. He asked me to help carry the unwieldy deck furniture around the house to the garage for the winter.
- I am signing up to walk the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
- I do not wear a platform in my shoe. My left leg is an eighth to a quarter inch shorter than my right but special shoes are not necessary.
- I drive “my” car again. When I was less capable, I drove “Bob’s” car because it was easier to get in and out of and I liked some of the special features.
- I can sleep on either side comfortably and I do not need to sleep with a pillow between my legs.
Life is good!