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Arlo : Creeping Independence
Diary entry posted Mon 3:12pm 23 January 2006

I haven't posted an update on here for a couple of weeks, so I thought it best to play catch up before I forget about the happenings of the past couple of weeks.

Well, I can't recall specific dates and times of things that have happened over the past fourteen odd days, as I've been too busy revelling in self-indulgent, over-the-top smugness.

See, the thing is, I've been making small, daily improvements as my whole outlook on the BL thing shifts focus and the needle on the dial of my recovery moves slowly out of the red and back into the black once more.

I'm now genuinely beginning to feel that this whole short chapter (in the relative timeframe of my time on this planet so far) is drawing to a close.

So let me summarise my achievements of which I feel absolutely great about. Ok, to the average person, this list represents nothing extraordinary at all; quite the opposite, but with the challenge of recovery from a compound fracture and an impacted, non-displaced proximal humerus fracture (the medical definition - I simply call it a mashed shoulder lol), it is a good deal to be happy about. Well I'M happy about it:-

- I can now walk around the house in TWO bare feet with the assistance of one crutch only and walk slowly but without much trace of a limp
- Stairs, steps and kerbs are now no longer something to be feared and I can negotiate any set of steps with total confidence. Moreover, my own staircase which is very old, very steep with narrow treads (the hardest set of stairs I've had to face) is something that I can now negotiate. I now no longer have this image in my head that my leg will snap in two like a broken match the instant I take my good leg off the floor.

But my biggest achievement to date is the one that means the most to me and has boosted my confidence through the roof. It started yesterday (22nd Jan 2006) and came to fruition today (23rd Jan 2006).

My good friend and work colleague was kind enough to take me out yesterday and drove to a quiet spot where I could have a go at driving my car for the first time in nearly 7 months!!

Well I not only managed to drive the car, but did so well and felt to comfortable with it that I drove the car all the way home! I then today drove all the way into work and back home again (about 30 miles each way in heavy commuter traffic). The overwhelming sense of well-being and self-satisfaction at having been given a rather large chunk of my independence back has left a rather large indelible mark on my face in the form a fixed, lopsided grin!

I feel great!

I see my OS for my next six weekly checkup on Friday 27th January 2006 and I feel very confident that the news will be good. I've kept a small part of my buoyant confidence in check in case the news on Friday is not as I expect, but I'm a firm believer that my body is best at telling me how good / bad things are going.



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