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Comment : Sorry to welcome you
Posted by Sheepish in Seattle on Tue 7:09pm 28 December 2010
My sympathy on your having reason to have found this site, but welcome. You will likely get more responses to some of the questions you have by posting in the discussion section. There are quite a few folks posting there these days who have TPF's. In fact there is a thread titled something like "will I ever walk NORMALLY" right now in which a couple TPF'ers (including me) have described their progress.
My TPF (type II) occurred last May 16, and I'm doing pretty well now, although I wouldn't say I've regained full "normal" use of my leg yet. My leg was in an immobilizer for 10 weeks, and then I was allowed to begin gradually bearing weight. So, the three month time frame for NWB that your OS gave you is not too different from mine. In retrospect, I think my OS "forgot" to tell me that I could start taking the immobilizer off at my 5 wk appointment after surgery, so hopefully you will be able to remove yours sooner. I did begin PT at 5 wks, and took the immobilizer off for that. At that point I could bend my knee a whole 24 degrees, so your 90 degrees sounds pretty good to me. And yes, in my opinion, the sooner you begin PT the better, not only because it helps you physically, but because it is such a huge psychological boost to feel like you are doing something, anything, to facilitate your recovery.
Glad to read that your mother's surgery went well and resulted in a favorable prognosis.
- Sorry to welcome you - Sheepish in Seattle Tue 28 Dec 2010
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