One Hundred Days: Day Sixty-Two
This past weekend consisted of a couple of Blue days…..this was my view for most of the weekend as I was feet up and in no-weight -bearing mode! I also had to re-think my recuperation process and the recent instructions from Dr. Reed. It was time to change gears and customize for me.
What this means is the weight-bearing, one foot 100lbs in an uncomfortable boot was the equivalent of walking in Italy on a cobblestone road, high humidity and over 90 degrees in badly fitting shoes!
What this means is a badly swollen foot and ankle revealed late on Friday; leading to a quiet weekend off my feet.
Added to this the frustration that I could not reach my Dr via the Proliance answering service……I tried 4 times Friday evening.
So today I designed a new process. Instead of standing like a stork on one foot, I’d walk for 10 minutes at a time with a walker (quickly procured from our local Hospice which seems to have what ever is needed) ~ this means that the weight bearing on my ankle is more natural and true to life, and I plan to walk for an hour a day in ten minute segments.
After walking I removed the beastly boot and put ice on my ankle for ten minutes or so. Marge came to the rescue again with a “gel” insert for the boot which helps a bit. I’ve also ordered memory foam inserts from the big “A” which should be here in a couple of days.
Finally I called SOC again after lunch as there was no response to my message for Dr.Reed (left yesterday) and finally my latest call was returned by Adam, his PA . I went over my new custom process and he had nothing to add even after checking with Dr. Reed. I do still have to keep the beastly uncomfortable boot on until I see Dr.Reed in two and half weeks; that means keeping it on whenever I am bearing weight on my foot!
I’ll keep working on getting the boot less of an aggravating ingredient in my recuperation journey…..but I only have eighteen days…….and then hopefully I dump it!
Conclusion: Even with a highly respected medical facility and Doctor, you have to wing it on your own…..obviously if it had been in a life threatening emergency I could have got someones attention. I hope!
Challenge: To stay true to my self-prescribed course and not get de-focused by anger…….and lose sight of my real recuperation goals.
Previous recuperation posts below……with the most recent ones on page two…or just go to to Images Of Life and pick the most compelling image for a recent update…..
Architects and Designers who design for accessible design should spend at least a couple of days in a wheelchair! After spending a month tooling around at home, staying in a hotel and visiting Seattle Orthopedic Center I've come the conclusion that in real terms as to what a person needs, some ADA designed spaces fall short!