I'm looking back on how I felt before the surgery; how I felt the day afterward, when I entered Bridgepoint a week later, how I am now. Life is different in many ways. Pre-surgery, I was very stationary, I couldn't walk anywhere without severe pain in my legs and my back. Immediately following the surgery, the leg pain was gone. I did however have to deal with some pretty severe deficiencies in my right leg and foot. Although I didn't have pain in my legs they were too weak to hold me up, and I didn't have feeling in parts of them. Surprisingly to all involved I did walk two days post surgery. It was tentative and with a lot of help but I did it. A week later, having been moved to rehab, I could walk on my own with a "granny" walker, the kind with only two wheels on the front. The pain from surgery had kicked in by then, so there was some restriction to how far I could go without pain and weakness. A week or so later I graduated to a four wheel walker and given Physio to do daily. Today, I can walk almost a mile with my four wheeled walker. I have little confidence with a cane. What I am doing is called furniture walking. I didn't know there was a name for it but there is. I walk short distances within the kitchen touching the fridge, counter and island. I like the independence it provides. The one restriction that constantly gets in my way is no bending, no stretching, no reaching. I drop a lot of things so it is a long process to accomplish anything. I have a reacher but inevitably it is in the other room when I need it so I have to stop what I'm doing get the walker, get the reacher, etc etc. the alternative is to leave what I have dropped and move on and that happens a lot too.
Aqua therapy has been something almost everyone has talked to me about. It is not new to me and I can tell you the benefits it had for me in the past. Barry is a big proponent of it. We decided what we are doing in the lake is exactly that. He holds me I move around safely. After a while I get comfortable with my footing and I can walk on my own. Water does that. No weight makes it easier to move. There is a complete sense of independence that comes from walking in the water, because it is just so much easier.
I have just over a week to improve before I see Dr. Fehlings. I want to be the best I can be within that time without hurting myself. He has once again done his best for me so I want to do my best for him and his team. So come on cheer leaders, I need you now. All prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts accepted.