Hollywood Meets MS, Take Three
Take Three: Iron Man Ventures Continue . . .
Looks like the superhero has won for now. Part of my excitement to try the Lokomat was the assistance this machine could provide despite my deficits – weakness of my right hip, ankle and foot. During treatment last Friday, my foot was “sore” during retraining but I didn’t think much about it. I thought my brace was rubbing on my bone, right below the pinkie toe, but worked through it. By Sunday, my foot was in swollen and contused. I elevated my foot, iced and simply tried to relax – you know the routine. Seemed to help and I headed back to PT Wednesday.
I am not that superhero…by any stretch…and showed Jen (PT) what was going on before beginning. She was concerned about the current condition of my foot and was “uncomfortable.” I became the sample patient as she had PT’s come and take a peek. Conclusion: No Lokomat, get x-rays to rule out fractures and have my brace checked. Surprisingly, I didn’t cry! lol The pain was great enough to recognize I needed to be smart and listen to Jen’s decision.
Off to orthotist office to have my brace checked. Everything was fine. They did, however, give me an ankle strap to keep my ankle stable and not slide while doing repetitive walking on Lokomat. She too agreed with getting x-rays. Off to Urgent Care. Long story short, x-rays of foot and ankle revealed no fractures. PTL! Just a good sprain. Rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Called Jen when I arrived home and advised no fractures. I could sense she felt bad that this happened. She commented, “Maybe I was putting too much pressure when assisting your leg to walk?” OR “Maybe, Jen, it’s Gods way of saying this is not an option . . .” I didn’t want her to feel bad. It wasn’t her fault. I tried to reassure her that I appreciated everything she does and her willingness to try new technologies that might help. I have absolutely no regrets! I’ll return in one week for assessment.
And my beloved…well, he wanted to come home to take me to these appointments. You guessed it, not necessary! The beauty of texting him with updates! lol He stopped at the market on the way home and called . . .”guess what I have for you?” “What?” Just like a kid in a candy store. “Your chocolate chip cookies, fresh strawberries and grapes.” “Yessssss!” Somehow, that quickly eased my pain!
I love the expression from Focus on the Family, “Turn your mess into a message!” I hope I can do just that! Enjoy your weekend!
“Count Your Blessings”