On Dec 5th, at 11:50 AM I will be having one final surgery. This time on my ankle. Despite doing all the exercises my physical therapist has recommended and wearing the JAZ torture device for 1-½ hours every day I have made zero progress in getting my left heel to touch the ground. So the orthopedic surgeon has said surgery is my option. He will surgically lengthen my Achilles tendon. After surgery, I will be in a cast for a minimum of 6 weeks, unable to walk on it at all.
The surgery is a guaranteed fix to the problem. Yet it feels like going backwards to me. I will be less mobile than I have been in months, and I am expecting that it will hurt. My hope is that when the cast does come off my left heel will touch the ground and I will be able to make some leaps in progress, learning to walk normally and without a cane. That’s all I know for now. I have been told not to look up details about the surgery on the Internet, so my assumption is that it’s gross. (If you look it up, do not tell me what you find!) I don’t want to know. I keep telling myself that it’s not brain surgery so I can handle it with no problem ☺. But I am nervous. ☹
In other news, I am still going to acupuncture twice a week. I do not love it, and am scared each time I go. But we are seeing some results. I can squeeze my left hand and move my left arm a very short distance! Each week Dr. Fan tells me what a great doctor he is, and that he amazes even himself! Good for him, but I do take some of the credit. Of course, all the credit goes to God – and to you also for your continued prayers. THANK YOU. When I cannot sleep at night, I squeeze my hand and move my arm while I watch my minutes tick by on the clock as I long for morning.
I really miss my shoes. The esthetics I have to wear each day are super ugly. Surgery will bring me one step closer to wearing them again. So I’m keeping that in mind as I think about surgery. Shoes are my silver lining.
This past Saturday, a couple of friends and I went to see Swan Lake at the ballet. We have tickets for the season. It was fun to get out and do something “normal”, even if I had to wear ugly shoes to do it. At the end of November, we will be going to see the Nutcracker – and Peter Pan is coming in February.
In general, our family is doing fairly well, though we are getting weary. I plan to use my six weeks of immobility to become adept at one-handed typing. I miss blogging and all of you! Thank you for praying for my family.
P.S. A BIG thank you to Dad for being my typist today. He is retiring again on Friday and will be my daily companion and chauffeur for a while. He comes almost every day to help me with my leg exercises and to read to me – which