In one week it will have been two months since my operation which sounds like an awful long time! I have started to realise how much I have wished away the last two months and am almost surprised to find myself on the uphill to November birthdays and Christmas (my brain still works in school terms). Things are certainly on the up and I’m getting closer and closer to ‘normal’.
- I’m working a lot more – now a day off is a treat every few days rather than a near everyday occurrence! Although it would be nice not to have to work, working more is definitely making life feel more normal.
- I am doing more walking (at least 5,000 steps a day). I’ve moved on from using my crutch and then picking it up to do some unattended walking to leaving my crutch in the car or at home and going about my daily business ‘hands free’. The other day I walked to see Pea, noticed some ragwort nearby so ended up doing two trips to the field in order to dig it out. Digging was an interesting one – new leg on the fork or on the floor? I did a bit of both!
- I’m wearing proper clothes! The heat wave is over and the good old English rain has arrived which has prompted me to ditch the summer dresses I have been wearing since my operation. First, I went to leggings (I couldn’t quite face seams near my scar) but I have since rocked jeans, socks, trainers and wellies though I have had to have a bit of help with putting them on!
Yesterday I decided to put my ‘nearly normalness’ to the test. It wasn’t a normal day. It was a wonderful, special day – the wedding of a very good friend of mine. I didn’t want to be that person who made a big scene by rocking up to church with a crutch and my own cushion and I certainly didn’t want to be one of those people who sits at a table all night without dancing. I am proud to say that I did all of the wedding stuff without using the crutch I had stashed in the corner and I danced the night away (albeit carefully) until nearly midnight. Don’t ask me how I managed to dance without breaking my hip precautions.. the important thing is I didn’t dislocate my hip! It was a really lovely day and I was so glad to be a part of it.
Nearly normal is good. Normal will be even better. I’m so looking forward to being able to paint my toenails, shave my legs, tie my laces and most importantly, ride my pony!