Paul Makepeace ;-)

July 3, 2005

Early "steps"

Posted in: Injury Time

Last couple of days something interesting happened - I've got this strong intuitive feeling, reassuringly backed up by lack of pain and discomfort, that my left foot's ready for a bit of gentle reintroduction into the realm of carrying me about. I've been giving it, and it's been standing (as it were) a lot more manipulation/physio recently. I've been going up and down stairs and sleeping in my own bed (woohoo!) which has given me another chance to gently push my weight up through my toes with static support from the rest of it. It's still mostly my arms doing the work but my left foot is definitely in more than a cameo role now.

The limiting factor in much movement 'til recently has been pain in my heel. As revealed by last week's xray a bit of bone fragment hasn't quite set right in my calcaneus (heel bone) which has caused pain under any pressure. Like I say, until recently: I have gingerly applied pressure through my left foot AND heel in the last couple of days, and it's taken it. Great!

And then... today easing very carefully out off my swiss ball, I stood up. It was brief, and it was unsteady, and I had my hand very definitely hovering right over my desk, but goddamit I stood!

Gonna give Ratna the osteopath a call and see what's up this week too. Hope I can get crutches soon. And ten days til right foot cast comes off...

Posted by Paul Makepeace at July 3, 2005 23:50 | TrackBack


Posted by: Francesca at July 4, 2005 04:33

Yeah, I can still remember the first time standing on my leg again after 13 weeks in plaster. Just the joy at being able to do all the usual shit, without the grief of being non-mobile.

That, and getting to clean off the accumulated layers of grime, starting by just scraping away with a steel ruler, and finishing with tweezers on all the ingrown hairs.

Its the little things in life that matter.

Posted by: Jez at July 4, 2005 10:54

Nice one!

I'd guess such an intuition is also evidence that you DID THIS RIGHT.

Posted by: Dave at July 5, 2005 20:40

Jez: duuuuddee... steel ruler? One of the nurses taught me a neat trick: use Aqueous Cream. It's your usual paraffin based gunk but heavily emulsified with water to the point it's a thick liquid. Goop it all over an area, massage in, and dead skin practically peels off.

Your skin is left enviably smooth too! Who needs expensive cosmetics when you can spooge on churned up oil & water? Woohoo!

Posted by: Paul Makepeace at July 5, 2005 20:47
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