Friday, June 26, 2015

Leg Injury Update June 2015

The folks at Tidewater Physical Therapy, Milton, DE
(Pat, Melissa, Kathy, Richard and ME!)

How's the leg Ron (you might ask)?

Just fine.  I was informed this week by Rich, my physical therapist that I only have four more visits (two next week and two the following week).  Then I'm on my on.

I can walk unaided without a cane now and I'm here to tell you I am might happy about that fact.  I still have a slight limp, which will gradually dissipate as time goes on.  However, I still have to be very careful that I don't twist my leg by turning around too fast or else I'll be back to Square One.  And I DON'T want to go there again.


It's ironic but I was dreading physical therapy but my three times a week sessions (one hour each) have proven to be most beneficial to me.  Not only in helping me to get back to normal physically but mentally.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I was quite freaked out when I first injured my leg way back on February 18th, by falling on the ice and rupturing (severing) my quadricep muscles in my left leg.  I had no use of that leg and feared that I never would again.

You know how they something good always comes out of something bad?  Well, that's what happened here with me when I had that terrifying accident that left me totally dependent on Bill and others for survival.  Not only do I have a new awareness of the appreciation of good health and being able to move around on my own but I also have a new patience for others who are handicapped.  Never again will I be impatient with a person of less than mobile means who is slowing me down during my regular routine.  

And you know something else that happened during my ordeal?  I made new friends, the physical therapy folks (Richard, MacKenzie, Melissa, Kathy, Olivia and Suzanne).  I look forward to seeing them everyday and I will miss them when I no longer return. 

So here is the prognosis for me folks:

My leg won't be completely healed for about a year.  I still can't kneel and wash my tiled kitchen floor.  And I certainly can't "hop, skip an jump" as the questionnaire that I have to complete every two weeks at physical therapy requires me to fill out.  But I can get around on my own.  And I can drive my car!  And what a wonderful, precious freedom that is.

Now I'm ready to go for a significant stretch of time in which I have NO health issues.  The past few years have been quite an adventure for me with my health issues.  But then I always think, three of my close friends died this year. It can always be worse.  So now I am ready to jump back into Life with both feet, or at least step in gently. 

Me with friends David and Scott - David was also going to physical therapy and we happen to run into each other at the supermarket after my physical therapy session - I no longer have my cane!

8 comments:

  1. What great progress, Ron! I know this has been a challenge on top of challenges, but you've come through it with great aplomb! Yes, it takes a long time for serious injuries to heal, especially as we age. There are times I think of how bleak my future will be if I injure myself as you did, since I have no Bill to look after me.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I won't kid you it was a challenge to come back from having no use of my leg and being told my recovery would be "eight to twelve weeks." There were a few times when I doubted if I could hold myself together from the frustration of not being mobile and being so dependent on others for my survival. Thank God for Bill. Without him my recovery would have been so much worse because I would have had to go to a rehab center. It's not good to be alone in this world. You better get yourself a live in friend real fast Jay (smile).
      Ron

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  2. It is far good to hear that you are reaching the end of physical therapy. I can't believe how far I have come in a month, I have progress left to make, but I am moving so much better, You are also. How lucky we are

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    1. David,
      It is amazing isn't it how our body regenerates itself? I had my doubts a few times that I would ever have the use of that leg again but here I am now, with only a slight limp and getting better each day. What an experience the past three months have been, a learning experience that has made me a better person. Indeed, we are very lucky David.
      Ron

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  3. every cloud has a silver lining; no washing tile for a year! Get in some nice lad to clean house.

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    1. Dr.Spo,
      Oh no, I have to get on my hands and knees and wash my kitchen tile. I like doing it and the kitchen feels so fresh and clean when I'm done. Now for the silver lining, it is the whole experience of the past three months. I have a new appreciation for mobility, the kindness of so many people who have helped me to recover (especially Bill) and a new patience I have now for others who are disabled. A learning experience I needed.
      Ron

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  4. Still going well, Ron, and it'll not be long before you're saying "It WENT well" - as you skip over daisied meadows!.

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    1. Ray,
      Almost "there." Probably another eight months until I'm running, hopping and skipping. Well, maybe not those three but at least I'll do my daily one to two miles walks at a brisk pace.
      Ron

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