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Old 10th September 2015, 08:56   #26 (permalink)
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Thought I'd do an update, seeing as there is actually bugger all of any use on the internet about the weeks after having a plate put in

Night times are broken up with sporadic twinges of my hip joint which is really annoying ( I am still having to sleep on my back , wheras normally I'd be in the recovery position, on one side with an arm under the pillow), so I use extra pillows on either side to rest my arms on so I'm not completeley flat

Bekir, the guy who changed my dressing and took the staples out told me to lie in bed with my foot elevated for a few hours each day , this actually works at taking the swelling down ....the duff left leg is now only about 1/8th bigger than the other (it was literally twice the size before )
I have been doing as much exercising as possible which means I get more movement in the leg daily (one self made exercise being......sitting on my chair and moving the leg backwards as much as possible and holding it there to the point of the muscle up from the knee aching....then I stop)....this has resulted in me actually being able to get up from a sitting position using both legs, as it has improved the angle I can bend it tremendously

The scar has healed well, what was all bumpy is now smoothing out daily , so we ventured out 2 days ago, got a taxi to the bank, changed some money then walked about 80 yards to pay an electric bill , by which time I was knackered , so we got some lunch and then went over the road to do a shop at Migros . Kath went and found the wheelchair from hell , which must have been crash tested by a 44 stone person resulting in the normally fairly flat seat area having been stretched like a hammock , resulting in after an hour's shopping, my arse cheeks became welded together and I feared I might need even more surgery!

The day after (yesterday) the walking (and wheelchair), had taken it's toll ...I was literally aching all over , but continued to struggle with the crutches and eventually managed with just one crutch to get upstairs and with difficulty, get a well needed shower instead of a bowl and dettol and a wire brush (joking)

Today is the day that I was told I would be able to put weight on the leg, as it will have knitted together and around the plate enough to take my weight , so I set off across the floor this morning armed with just one crutch again (weirdly enough , under my right arm works better than under the left , even though it's the left leg that was broken ).... I tried a few steps using the crutch purely as a steadier , which seemed to work fine , so I tried just holding the crutch (just in case) and actually walked (well limped) back across the room

Armed with my new found confidence, I again set off, no crutches this time and walked albeit very shakily but less "Limpy", so I'm wondering if I have set a new record ....break to walk unaided in 32 days .........The maim motivation is the family coming over in under 2 weeks, so I am aiming to be walking reasonably normally (for short distances anyway)when they are here , probably using a hired wheelchair as backup for long distances or when I get tired .
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