Yes, I’ve been getting restless. I’ve been allowed to do a little work from home, but sitting up with my leg propped is not exactly comfortable.
Last night, I really wanted to go out for a beer. I also wanted some exercise so I didn’t want to take the car.
I used the crutches to get down the back steps. This is a white-knuckle experience for me. I’m lousy with crutches and the stairs have no rail. I joked with Diane about wearing my bike helmet for the steps.
Once down, I got in the wheelchair. The weather has been bad. The roads and sidewalks were covered with ice and snow. Taking the wheelchair was safe – I wasn’t going to fall. Diane did fall once on the ice, but wasn’t hurt.
It was slow going. I pushed myself along until I got stuck, then Diane would give me a push. I did most of the work, but I was traveling at less than a walking pace.
Once at Four Pegs, Diane handed me the crutches she’d been carrying for me, and I made my way in the door. We had several beers (to hell with the beer tickets for now).
The return trip seemed to go faster. I slept really well last night due to exhaustion and alcohol. This was my first good night’s sleep since the surgery.
I do need to stay off that bad leg for months. I need a better solution for getting around. I found something that will go over mixed-terrain a bit better. It’ll be more fun. I ordered it today, and I should get it next week.
This is not an insurance-provided device. I’m paying out of pocket for it. I figure I’ll use it until I don’t need it, then I’ll sell it.
This will make it possible to “walk” longer distances. I could even go all the way to work on it. I could avoid the bus, or car-pooling.
I’m going to be silly and put lights and a bell on it. 🙂