Monday, May 25, 2009
Well it's been a difficult waiting period, but after a severe back injury / nerve injury that left me with 10% of my left leg strength from the knee down and drop foot, I got back on the old horse. I've ordered 4 braces for the dropfoot and none of them worked becasue of my foot, ankle and leg swelling - swelling caused by poor circulation - cured only by walking more ---HMMMPH!!! That's a catch-22 movie no one would ever watch!
However, I think the most recent 2, used together might just work. Or, at least they are enough to allow me to walk above 1.2 MPH and not trip the belt by pushing it forward by slamming my left foot down flat with every pace, or worse tripping.
This sounds lie a lot of complaining, but the last 6 months have been hell. I've been unable to do anything and didn't realize until I put both braces on just how slow I had become in everything I did. I literally walked 1 MPH at my fastest and was causing what could be irreperable damage to my hips and alternate knee because of posture compensation. So, this is by no means a complaint, but a huge victory on the way to better things!
Now for the weight I've gained in the mean time....