Monday, November 21, 2011

Getting Around on Crutches

And I Can Drive Just Fine

I went to church on Sunday and sang Bach's "Gloria" from his "Heiligemesse," (Joyful mass...sort of.). At any rate I love singing it and didn't want to miss the chance. It turned out to be perfect for the service as the minister's sermon was about singing LOUD to God. And, the our choir did a beautiful job of singing it.

We are a relatively small group--fewer than 20 voices (Often many fewer) but everyone is a good vocalist and we have a pretty full sound for so few. I'm glad I managed to get there to join in.

The big breakthrough was that a managed the whole trip using my crutches. My left knee is finally able to support my weight with minimal pain. I wouldn't want to have to move suddenly on it, or twist it too much, but it's working again.  I know people manage to get around on crutches all the time on only one good leg, but it was a rather daunting challenge for me. Part of the problem was that my injured leg did not want to stay behind me, but rather seemed to "have a mind of its own" to swing ahead of me with every step. This throws off my balance so that I am in constant danger of falling backwards--scary.  I don't know if I needed more practice or whether there was something about the knee pain itself that was causing the problem.  That's why the wheelchair was such a lifesaver.

I figure I will be out feeding the horses again, at least in the morning, before the end of this week--maybe tomorrow. I still will not be able to push the wheelbarrow--probably by next week, though--so I will need help with the afternoon chores. And, at some point, I need to get some hay to hold me over for the weekend. Again, I can get the hay loaded into either the car or the truck, but getting it unloaded when I get back home is an issue.

Ah, well. There is always a solution to a problem. You just need to look for it.

17 comments:

  1. Incremental progress is good, and glad you got out to do some singing.

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  2. So glad you could get out to church and sing - must have been a very positive experience. Your progress is really taking off and I hope that soon you will be on your own two feet again.

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  3. Glad to hear that you got out to church to add your voice to the choir selections.

    I don't know why but I could never master the crutches either. Wonder if a walker would be a better solution. Might be hard in the yard though. I'm sure you'll be back to normal in no time, you're very good at rehabbing yourself. Best wishes as always.

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  4. I'm sure your choir was Heavenly. As one who cannot sing, but enjoys it anyway. I always liked churches with loud organ music and lots of enthusiastic voices, to drown out mine.

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  5. I am glad you got your freedom to move back ^-^
    Take it easy though "pushing wheel barrow .." O_o

    Terrible, you are!!!

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