They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

All Right Boots, Start Walkin'

So late last week my custom AFO -- ankle foot orthosis -- arrived. It's basically a molded piece of plastic with a hinge, designed to keep my left foot straight and not flopping and dragging when walking. Friday I managed to walk with the walker across the width of the rehab gym, about 17 feet in two parts, taking a seat in the wheelchair halfway.

Today, Monday, I first managed to cross the room in one go. I've been pushing the walker, braking, and stepping left, then right. But today, it felt right and I kept the walker rolling continuously with an almost normal gait. Whoa, that's real walking. Then I went the length of the gym, some 35 feet. I thought I'd have to pause halfway, but instead I made it in one go.

The gym was rather crowded and the therapists were cheering me on the last few steps, which were getting difficult. Yay me!

In case you were wondering how my rehab was going. Can also stand pivot to and from bed to walker to wheelchair without using the Hoyer lift.

That is all for now.

Dr. Phil

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