Leslie at Rehab

Leslie at Rehab
Enough with the brace! Here's mah Kitteh!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 3 of Weight Bearing Update

So, Wednesday Brandi started me on weight bearing exercise by...... Walking. Yes, that's right, using the aid of the walker I started in with walking. Let me tell you, for a study in mindfulness there is nothing like thinking through the process of taking a step. Heel down, gradually increase weight on foot as you get more of your foot on the ground, lift heel once the other heel as encountered the ground, shift weight to other foot - oh and don't forget to straighten the leg in there or you walk with a bit of hitch.

Wednesday night my leg wouldn't stop twitching as the muscles so long unused realized the easy days are over.

Thursday had some standing exercises added to increase my tolerance for weight. Brandi also gave me some tips to help decrease my surface sensitivity on the leg. Thankfully the leg no longer needed to twitch so it has already worked through use vs relax.

Friday I did my standing exercises. I had let Brandi know I was not yet ready to go for a walk, needed a few more escorted walks to gain confidence that the leg wouldn't simply give way under me.

So the question is - will I recover my walking skills and weight bearing enough to walk into my doctor's appointment on May 22. Stay tuned, I'll let you know how I progress.

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