As 2017 comes hurtling towards its end, and with Christmas tomorrow I have been thinking a lot of the past year.
What was I doing 12mths ago (crutching along the beaches of south east Queensland) 6mths ago (heading back to work!) …and how does that compare to right now?!
So is the grass really greener post leg lengthening?
In short… I’m not sure.
Its been a bloody long road and there are still a few prickles in the grass on this side of the fence! I am proud to have got to this point though and I do see my continued improvements.
I really don’t remember clearly how I walked beforehand – sounds silly I know! I don’t even have a video to compare..but I know things are physically different and that they will continue to evolve.
I have felt frustration at the loss of my physical strength and the sense of being ‘able’, regardless of leg length!! I often choose to wear the moonboot during the working week because I can get there faster than I would if I was using the walking stick… I don’t like being slow.
Just this week though things changed again… all of a sudden I felt like I could ditch the moonboot and walking stick… yep aid free.
This is me today – not the greatest video but you get the gist!
I was racing around doing some last minute shopping today and i got a little sore so I began to favour my leg, I really slowed down. I noticed people stare.
I don’t mind. I never have.
Mentally I have learnt so much more than I thought possible since I underwent surgery in May 2016.
I have learnt patience, something I have to practice time and time again.
I have realised sometimes you can’t do it all, you can only do what you’ve done and leave the rest for tomorrow (it’s not going anywhere)
I have learnt asking for help is not a sign of weakness it’s absolutely the biggest sign of strength.
I have learnt to appreciate time. Life is so busy I find myself yearning for those months at home where I had excess hours in my day!
We are all so time poor.
Returning to work full time and juggling the chaos of life. It has felt manic at times. I have learnt my house might get untidy, my gardens may need care, my washing pile might be mountainous but it can all wait.
Right now I am learning to prioritise time for me. It’s hard.
I’ll let you know how I go! 😜
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas dear friends! 🎄😘