I made the final visit to my orthopedic surgeon today, who said my x-rays from my broken ankle look fine and that I am good to go. He actually said I can even try to jog a mile to see how the ankle behaves. I’m not exactly anxious to start jogging, but the walking is getting better every day. I still have a bit of tightness, mostly in my lower leg muscles, and the swelling hasn’t completely gone. At any rate, I don’t have to go back unless I have a real problem. It was just under two months ago when I broke the ankle, and I am very relieved to be at the end of the initial recovery period of 6-8 weeks. I shook my doctor’s hand, thanked him, and told him he is the best doctor I have ever had. In his typical self-deprecating manner he said, “I didn’t do anything!” I respectfully disagree. He was wonderful.
It is a little embarrassing how carefully I walk now, especially on grass. I hope my fear will subside as I get more strength in the left leg and gain more confidence about walking. I need to be in shape for next spring, when I plan to hike to the top of one of the highest hills near our home. And, I certainly want to be ready to get back in the Hobie kayak when the weather turns warm again in 2016. Don’t let anyone tell you that grass isn’t harmful — it will knock you off your feet!