I never realised what it was like to be disabled until I had my foot operation. I had two weeks of non-weight bearing, and in that time I was supposed to use a surgical boot, crutches and or a knee walker to get around.
At the same time, I found my hands were useless as they were engaged in operating the crutches or knee walker. So like any able-bodied man I cheated. Toileting, for example, needs two feet to be performed properly. Needless to say when no one was watching I succeeded in the said tasks.
I worked on the theory that I could only get better and I had to patient.
Patience they say is a virtue, and you discover that in recovery mode if you don’t adopt that attitude, you make life very difficult for you and all around you.
I was lucky to receive some great help, and I am very grateful for that. I also continue to receive help from my neighbours who mow my lawns which at present grow like they are possessed it being summer and we’ve had a fair bit of rain.
So now I have dispensed with the surgical boot, the crutches and knee walker. I found in a cupboard in my old house an old walking stick, which serves to assist me and garner sympathy from those around me.
I am not as recovered as I would like, but that is my impatience as my surgery was a month ago and the recovery period is eight weeks, I have a few to go yet.
But as Christmas is nearby, I am pleased I can do some things though I know standing for too long is not good. It means I can get out of the washing up.
So a merry Christmas or happy holiday which ever you celebrate at this time of year, to each of you who read my work. Have a good one.
Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/sunday-writing-prompt-recovery/
Good to know that your recovery is going well.
Thanks Sadje I tell myself I can only improve
I’m sorry to hear about your foot Nd the difficulties you are going through Michael. That makes everything difficult your right about that. Surgery is never fun and I’m sure the recovery feels like forever, but I hope after, things are as good as new. Hugs and Merry Christmas. Hope it’s full of resting and healing and that your kids can help you out if needed.
Thanks Mandi the same good wishes to you. Take care
Thank you 🙏
Merry Christmas Michael! Hope you are fully recovered asap 💜
You’re over half way Michael! Don’t overdo it though, otherwise you’ll be taking a backward step. Take care.
Doing my best Di
All it takes is for one limb to be out of use and the world becomes a different place. But like everyone else who’s been in your situation, you will recover. Happy Christmas. And, hey, you get out of the washing up. Can’t be bad.
I am glad you are able to do some things for yourself now. It is a horrible feeling to lose one’s functionality and independence. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and recover quickly over the holidays! 🙂
Getting out of chores a bonus, and soon you’ll be good as new! Merry Christmas, Michael and heal quickly!
Thanks so much and best wishes to you.
Happy Holidays Michael! I am glad to read that your recovery is going so well. I do understand very well about the patience needed for a long recovery since I am going through my own recovery. I have discovered that I use my abs for everything and I’ve had to rethink my ways of doing even simple tasks like getting in and out of bed. I agree attitude goes a long way! Great neighbors =)
Thanks Yves, enjoy your Christmas day when it comes your way.
Enjoy yours too Michael =)
Hope your Christmas day was grand, Michael – not too much plum pudding, which would only put on the weight and not good for standing on the foot 🙂 I guess there is one positive about having a gammy foot in that it means you can get out of the washing up. Hang on to that walking stick, and milk it for all it’s worth…but that’s not really you, is it 😀
Do hope your recovery is on schedule and you’re doing much better now. Being disabled is a humbling experience.
Yes and a huge pain