Weeks 10/11 and Physical Therapy!

When this whole ordeal started I remember saying that I wouldn’t set any goals for myself because I didn’t want to be disappointed. And then after a few weeks I decided to set the goal of walking by March 1. And that right there is a big goal fail, because I’m not walking. But even if my doctor had given me the go ahead to start walking, I couldn’t, because my foot is completely stiff in a weird position and I can’t freaking move it because scare tissue has solidified it in this position.

So because my foot is so stiff and won’t move, I finally got the go ahead to start physical therapy! WOOHOO. I went to my first appointment earlier last week, and we couldn’t do much, but I got a few stretches to start on and then got an awesome scar tissue massage. And the next morning I woke up with a still very stiff, but less stiff, ankle. Progress!

And then I had another appointment, I made even more progress! I couldn’t put my foot completely flat on the ground, but I was SO CLOSE.

When I was getting ready to leave my second appointment my therapist mentioned that she doesn’t usually work Saturdays, but she would be in that day if I wanted to come. I immediately jumped at the chance of an extra session, and then she casually mentioned “oh yeah…and bring an extra shoe.”

So this past Saturday was only my third PT session it ended up being a big one for me. First, we got my foot in the shoe. I haven’t worn two shoes in forever and it was weird. AND THEN….I got to ride the stationary bike. For only 10 minutes, but I got to do something. It was weird, my muscles weren’t sure how to work, it kind of hurt, but in a good way, and it actually took a lot out of me. But I was so happy with being able to do something.

And then as I was crutching back to the table my therapist informed me we were going to start learning to crutch walk. So then I practiced that. It’s not graceful and I can’t put a lot of weight on my foot, but for the past few days I have been practicing getting back in the motion of walking.

So baby steps, but we are making progress!!

As a reward for my hard efforts Eric then took me to New Jersey to get out of the house (lol not really for my efforts, but nice to get out). We went to Iron Hill Brewery for a beer thing they were having. I sampled many delicious sour beers.

After a few beers we made a stop at Wegman’s for grocery and I finally got to fufill a major goal I’ve had since getting hurt, riding a motorized scooter!

I cruised all around Wegman’s getting groceries and learned people are still assholes at grocery stores even when you are hurt. I still had a good time cruising though.

After all the progress from last week I can’t wait to see what happens in PT this week!

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5 Responses to Weeks 10/11 and Physical Therapy!

  1. jesse.anne.o says:

    That’s great news! Congrats and I hope you’re walking very soon!

  2. lisa says:

    so happy for you and your progress, lauren! good luck this week xx

  3. kimbrolio says:

    Congrats on the progress! I broke my ankle back in college and went home for the holidays. While I was back home, I decided I was all healed and cut my cast off myself…then realized I had only brought right shoes with me! I’m dumb.

    • Lauren says:

      hahah, this definitely made me laugh, although i am sure it sucked at the time. when i went home over christmas it felt weird just bringing a single shoe, i kept thinking MAYBE i should bring the other, which made no sense at all.

  4. Bianca says:

    Oh Lauren!! I apparently haven’t been by your blog in WAY TOO LONG! I just went back and read all about your injury. I am so sorry!!! Getting hit by a car on my bike is a huge fear of mine. It’s happened to a few of my friends. :-(

    Glad you’re making progress! I know the feeling of being injured and sedentary. I’m finally over a proximal stress fracture in my right foot that happened last August while training for a race. It took 7 months to heal, and only this week, I’m able to try to run again. It wasn’t as bad as your injury, but still sucked. I’ll try to do a better job keeping up with your progress. I hope you continue to heal quickly!!!

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