|Me yesterday in front of my neighbor Barbara's weeping cherry tree - correction - me and my leg brace|
Last day of the sale?
Armageddon just around the corner?
Oh what could Ron be referring to?
Well folks, I think today, is the last day I'll be wearing this damn brace on my leg.
I've been wearing this brace since I fell way back on that dark zero degree night of February 18th while leaving work. And I'm here to tell I am TIRED of wearing this brace.
The novelty has definitely worn off. And I have extracted every bit of pity possible from friends, co-workers, neighbors and strangers as I've been hobbling around these parts with this hideous brace for the last two months.
The leg brace was put on to keep my leg straight while the tissues of my quadricep muscles that I ruptured when I fell in the ice.
|Quadricep Femoris Muscle|
All four quadriceps are powerful extensors of the knee joint. They are crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. Because rectus femurs attaches to the ilium, it is also a flexor of the hip. This action is also crucial to walking or running as it swings the leg forward into the ensuing step. The quadriceps, specifically the vastus medialis, play the import role in stabilizing the patella and the knee joint during gait.
What I ruptured was the part of the leg at very top of this illustration, quadriceps femoris. After I fell, I couldn't swing my leg forward. My left leg was useless, dangling like a piece of dead meat.
Now I can swing my leg forward. I can now bend my leg about 20%. If I bend it back any further it locks and I don't want to force anything. I believe the muscle tissue is still healing. But every morning I get up and use my leg, I feel I can bend it even a bit more. I hope that's not just my imagination or wishful thinking.
This has been some ordeal folks. I think this is the worst health situation I've ever had because it has made me realize how vulnerable I am to being totally helpless with one fall. Thank God I had Bill here or else I would still be in a rehab center.
I still can't drive or even sit in the passenger seat. I need to have the ability to bend my leg more in order to do that. But at least I can walk unaided with a cane and I can swing my leg forward, which is crucial to walking. I'm still a little unsteady on my feed without the cane but I'm way better than a month ago when I was totally dependent on a walker in getting around.
Guess what I did yesterday? I planted plants. Of course I couldn't get on my knees and plant those alyssum plants but I managed. And I could only plant one flat, because I was exhausted. I don't want to push my luck. But I do want to get back to my regular routine.
This morning, for the first time since my accident I vacuumed cleaned. Hooray! Now to clean my wood floors, although this time I will do it with a dust mop instead of on my hands and knees like I usually do.
Yesterday, when I laid down to take my nap the realization came to me that I have a little more than a month to go until I'm back to normal. And I'm here to tell you folks, I actually got a little excited. This ordeal has been a long row to hoe folks. I would love to have a few months or even years of just good health so I can enjoy like before the Grim Reaper comes to collect his due.
So get out there folks and enjoy this wonderful spring day. That's what I'm going to do now because I have that other flat of alyssum plants to plant.
|Smiling more these days folks!|