Saturday, January 05, 2008

FROM IRONMAN TO MALL WALKER.

Yesterday, Don got his first cast removed and the second put on. The first cast had kept his foot at an angle with the toes pointed downward, not allowing him to use it for anything, not even balance; the second has his foot in more of a walking angle. So at least some progress is being made. Its been 6 weeks--hard to imagine how fast that time has gone!

With the new cast, he also got a walking boot, and was told to "put as much weight on it as you can manage." I'm sure you know how this will go.

This morning, while getting ready to go out to breakfast, I commented that it was raining, and we both knew a warmup was coming for the next few days.

"If the sidewalks clear, I can walk up and down the street for exercise," he said. "I highly doubt the sidewalks will clear, but maybe we could find somewhere else clear so you could walk," I offered.

We went to breakfast at a very delightful little place, The Omelette Shoppe, which also was attached to a local mall. This mall is small, and very upscale, so there wasn't much foot traffic. After breakfast, Don wanted to show me the fish ponds within the mall, and this got me thinking for him: "Why don't you do a few 'laps' around the mall to walk??"

So the Ironman became a mall walker today. After a few laps, however, he said he was sweating. "That's good! You're getting a workout." I, however, was walking at a snail's pace it seemed.

He still needs the crutches, but is finally limping around the house, meaning he can get things for himself now. Three more weeks with this cast and then its off!

Looking forward to the end of the month.

7 comments:

Sunshine said...

A million cheers and congratulations to Don (and you). The season begins with the first steps.
With prayers...

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

YAY for the new cast and the ability to "mall walk"

It's all progress. Progress is good. :)

Flo said...

Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking across the mall...... :)

Good that he's up and moving again. That will make things easier on you.

WADDLER26.2 said...

One step at a time-tell Don to keep it up.

Marcy said...

That's great!! As long as it's something, right? ;-)

cindy said...

baby steps :)

I had one of those boots once...better than crutches for sure!

See Zanne Run said...

baby steps. baby steps. the mall walker is still an ironman. an ironman is an ironman no matter where he walks ...