Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New hardware

Got my new ROM (Range Of Movement) boot this morning. It's kind of like a snowboarding boot, only with a large heel and a mechanism for locking the angle of the foot so it won't flex past a given point.

Here's some photos:



It's currently locked at 20 degrees, as per the doctor's instructions. I've experimented putting some weight on it and so far it seems ok for standing and limited hobbling. I can't exactly walk on it, so I'll definitely still need crutches while I'm stuck in this thing.

Getting around is much easier now tho, mostly because I can bend my knee. It already feels a little strange to bend it, so I'll have to be sure to move it whenever I can just to keep it loose and ready to go when I'm able to walk again. Even sitting on the couch is easier.

On the way back from the hospital we stopped in at Bunnings to get some new rubber feet for a shower stool I'd borrowed from my parents. As we were trying to think if there was anything else that might make my life easier while I'm still crippled (haha, in the carpark I did think that we should have asked about a handicap permit for the car :P) and noticed they had portable aircon units on special. So now my unit has aircon! (of sorts) :D

I think based on our little detour to Bunnings that with this boot I'm not too far away from beginning to rejoin society. Even though I think it's slightly heavier, it's a much better fit than the cast so my foot doesn't throb anywhere near as much now when I'm on my feet (err, foot). Stairs are still a bit of a nuisance, but I'm getting used to them, so I think I'll be able to attempt the walk to the train station (and all the associated stairs) some day soon.

So all that's left now is to wait and see how things go. Next checkup is in 6 weeks time where I go to 10 degrees on the boot.

1 comment:

Sara said...

*whew!* I don't know how you're doing it. Just reading about it makes me want to cry! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited to see pictues of these wedges you'll eventually be wearing. You and Tom Cruise, eh?