Now I know my vacation is really over – it was back to physical therapy yesterday!
My ankle range of motion has improved from 6 degrees to 9 degrees! Three more degrees to go before I lose the limp and the walking stick. I walk up stairs totally normally now – (sometimes even without hanging onto the rail. LOL).
But, it seems as though I am still a way off being able to come down again without having to put both feet onto each step before I go to the next step down. My brain thinks I can, but there is a serious disconnect when I attempt it. So they have set new goals for me: walk without a limp/stick and come down steps normally. I will go to PT twice a week now, until those are met.
My appointment was at 7.30 am which meant leaving the house at 6.30am. I hate leaving the house that early! I got to my Metro to find that the escalator was out of order. Now, there is a lift but it is across the other side of a 6-lane road and in the middle of a block – so it's in-between traffic lights!!! I briefly weighed up the amount of time I thought it would take me to walk to one of the lights to cross over and get to the lift, against the time I thought it would take me to descend this long, steep and deep set of escalator steps.
I did the escalator. It took a long time! In fact, it took so long that 2 or 3 trains (maybe even 4 or 5) came and went during the descent!
This morning the escalator was still not fixed but I am taking the long route to the lift from now until it is repaired. I have another PT appointment tomorrow morning, again at 7.30am. God knows why that time seemed like a good idea when I was making appointments!
This photo reminds me of hurdles and seems appropriate! I took it in Virginia: