A week ago we braved the snow and went to see the orthopedic surgeon for a follow up appointment. At that point I'd been in the heavy walking boot for over a month. I was able to get around pretty well but still not able to go up and down stairs. We took along my old AFO (ankle foot orthotic) to the appointment. It's that big, white plastic thing that helps keep my foot and ankle in the right position. The doctor said that with some adjustments I could go back to the old AFO and any shoes I can manage to cram it into.
We went to see Jeff at Hangar Orthotics and he was able to reshape the old AFO to fit my new foot position. What a relief because a brand new one would have been super expensive--a minimum of $1000! Exercises are so much easier without the heavy walking boot. Some of my hip and knee pain is subsiding. I still rely heavily on my cane to get around but this feels like a step forward and gives us more to move forward with in physical therapy.
We are going to church this morning after missing for a couple of weeks. It'll be just Toben and I because the girls are with Toben's parents. Later this afternoon we will have traditional Sunday dinner at my parent's house. Then a long afternoon at home to rest before the week begins.
I'm weary and the road feels long and there doesn't feel like there is an end in sight. Still not sleeping well. I feel like I need and infusion of energy and hope.