I saw the surgeon yesterday for my 4 week (post cast) checkup. The last couple of days my foot has been aching where my bones were broken so I was glad that I was getting a checkup. The last time I was there I got my hard cast cut off and starting wearing my walking cast (my "boot") and using crutches. I was told at that appointment to start putting weight on my foot, up to my tolerance, while using the crutches. I saw this as progress and had hoped that yesterday's appt. would mean the start of PT for me!
Alas, that was not to be. In my sincerest attempts to be a model patient, I have been gradually increasing the amount of weight I bear on my foot while walking, even walking without my crutches from time to time at home, such as around my kitchen or in my bathroom. When I arrived yesterday the Doctor's asst. asked me how I'm doing and I told her that my foot had been aching the past two days, but otherwise I'm progressing. She checks the chart and says "You're only putting weight on it while standing, right?" Quick mental rewind to my last appointment, where I got physically ill from the pain of trying to walk right after having the cast cut off... at that time she told me just put weight on it while standing... but my mental replay definitely included walking with weight on it, to my tolerance (Uber Doc even demonstrated how to do that with crutches!)... so I answer "No, I'm walking on it with my crutches".
OOPS! I guess that was a no-no, and now she says I might have re-broken it?
Off to Xray I go, and luckily all appears well in spite of not being totally healed yet. Apparently I've been doing too much and the increased swelling is interfering with my healing, so I've got to go back to toes-above-nose for awhile, at least intermittently during the day. No PT orders yet, and back for a recheck in 2 weeks. If the swelling isn't under control by this next visit, its back to the hard cast
I'm obviously highly motivated to get the swelling down but I no longer have a bed downstairs, in front of the TV and next to my laptop, so lying around is sort of a punishment rather than a respite in my day...
I was really upset yesterday but today I'm optimistic again. I just need to keep putting my recovery first - ahead of my job, my family, my housework, even my weight loss plans. Health first, then everything else.
Time for the next step forward...