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  • The Long Battle Back

    After 10 weeks in a wheelchair I was given permission to put weight on that leg again – with crutches of course. And so starts the excruciating battle to return my body to pre-accident. Ten weeks of muscles not being used is a long time. It’s amazing how quickly they deteriorate. So little by little I work on putting one foot in front of the other.

    In the hospital I saw my x-rays. Steel plates, screws and all. My ankle looked like a hardware store. Well, at least I’m not still lying in a heap down the hill with vultures circling above.

    I’ve always been an active person, I don’t like sitting around doing nothing. Especially now with the house and garden and so much to do all the time. I hadn’t noticed how much I really did until it all stopped.  I just felt helpless,vulnerable and frustrated.

    I had lots of visitors from neighbours. Some brought entire meals. Well, that was sweet but my husband took charge right away. He was a wonderful nurse. He kept the house and garden in good repair. His attempt at cooking was appreciated. Mostly his help with bathing me was the most difficult for him. Funny how friends we did not know five years ago visited, phoned and emailed yet the one person I thought would care, doesn’t. It hurt a lot but I’ve been hurt before and I’ll get over this too.

    Well, time to get up and do my assigned exercises. They are very painful to do but they have to be done to make progress. My next appointment is in 4 weeks and my goal is to walk without the walking cast or crutches. Hope I make it.

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