So I definitely didn’t imagine I would be writing this today, but… I got a cane! I know I’ve already mentioned that I never pictured myself wanting a walker either, but I think the odds of my wanting a cane were actually even slimmer. Nevertheless, life does certainly change your perspective on things..and now I’m super thankful to God to graduate to a new “accessory to the elderly.” 🙂
Honestly, I still feel a tad wobbly on my new cane compared with the walker, but I am excited for the “sleeker” vibe…and how much less work it is to get in and out of the car when we go to therapy! The overall orthopedic update is that my right leg is healing great, and is basically functioning like a normal leg again. The left leg (my stroke side), is noticeably weaker, and is also unable to straighten completely (imagine trying to walk with your knee slightly bent all the time). The good news is that it is possible to walk with my knee slightly bent, but it is more painful, and in the long run we really need and pray that it will be restored back to its full mobility. We keep asking the doctors and therapists for a prognosis on this, and have gotten an overall consensus that it is possible to be completely healed, but that since it is my stroke side, only time will tell. And in the meantime, I’m sleeping in a leg brace, just to increase the odds. 🙂
In addition to my flashy new cane, I also updated my glasses this week. We waited for about three months after the accident before we got my eyes checked, because vision changes can fluctuate throughout the healing process. As I’ve started to read and blog more, I noticed that I was having trouble focusing for long periods of time, and the eye appointment confirmed that my vision has changed enough to elicit a transition to bifocals at the ripe young age of 24. At the very least, this was an excellent excuse to pick out some fun new frames!