It’s time for a small update on the recovery process of my foot after my fall on stairs two years ago.
I now know that dystrophia is a long slow process, that pain is unfortunately one of the primary symptoms and that there is no fast-track to full recovery.
Whilst it may look like not much has been happening in the last year or so, in fact there has been very steady progress.
I started out with no movement at all from the top of my ankle downwards and not being allowed to stand on it at all, to being able to stand on the the heel and almost centre part of my foot, with only my toes and the area around the ball of my foot still ”stuck”. (the circled area in the photo)
Of course this means that the final part of the natural walking “step” can still not be made, but I’ve progressed to walking with one crutch instead of two, at least on flat surfaces.
I’ve included an edited photo to show you how things look at present. The red lines indicate the curve that the inside of the foot should take, clearly bits still stick out a bit too much on the left foot. When the ball of the foot becomes functional again the section just below it will start to support the bones as they should and then the idea is that the protruding bits should start to move back into place.
The Specialist says that the bad news is that there is no fast route to this happening… and warned me it could take years. Pain is one of the primary symptoms so physio is a very fine line between working though the pain but not ignoring the fact that pain is also a signal from the body that a limit has been reached and manipulation should stop.
I have a new respect for people with permanent disabilities, the hassle of constant niggling pain is more than annoying, sometimes it’s like a low level headache and sometimes it’s like sharp needles. Needless to say Physio is a tough workout and strong painkillers, rest (elevations) and ice packs are the order of the day afterwards.
A recent assessment puts things at 70% recovery and we are aiming for 90%. Once we reach this, then every percentage point after that will be a bonus. Predictions are also that I might be driving again around March some time, but in the meantime my company pays a taxi to and from work and since a few weeks I’m also working part-time from home.
Life is literally about putting your best foot forward, it’s about counting our blessings too. One foot might present a lot of limitation at the moment, but there are some people who would give anything just to have legs. I accept the reality that I have good days and bad days, that if I push to physically do a lot on one day then I will have to suffer for it for up to three days afterwards: but is that an excuse to “not bother to do much”? No.
We each have an allotted “allocation” of days on this mortal coil, and no-one know how any days they will get. The wisest thing to do is to use these days as wisely as you can, making the best of the lumps and bumps that life gives you and appreciating and understanding that what might be one of life’s valley’s is at least…. not a crevasse.