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Relearning to walk
« on: May 25, 2020, 03:03:03 PM »
With the virus hitting all my Dr. Appointments got cancelled.
2 weeks ago I have had enough knee joints or not I'm going to try to walk again.
I have been doing a little a day some days are better than others.
Blocking the pain is tough but if I'm busy some time I can block it out.
I'm thinking about trying to build some knee braces out of ash or aluminum some how.
At least that way I can stand and try to get some strength back in my legs.
I worrie if this goes much longer it will be lost.
They won't be able to help me.
Any thoughts on brace design I will listen to.
Untill then I'm going to push as hard as I can. 
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2020, 06:00:04 PM »
Be patient, give your body time to heal. Overdoing it will do more harm than good. An acquaintance had a hip replacement in March and thinks he should still be golfing 18 holes. ::)
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2020, 08:45:31 PM »
Yea - by far the hardest part is your mind wanting to do something and your body not being able to do so. Been there after I broke my L5 and L4, then during therapy I was hitting plateaus for two years and not able to get past them, frustrating does not begin to describe the feeling.  Mind you I went from being a guy who got paid to jump out of aircraft to being a guy who could not put on his underwear.  It took a toll.  

I can't offer any medical advice, but mentally you have to just get through the next single second, then repeat that one thing, over and over.  Break every task down to one second at a time and focus on finding success within that second - no matter how small.  Time will pass, your body will heal, just don't loose sight of the fact that in this game you get to keep swinging as long as you don't walk away from the batters box.   
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 03:05:51 PM »
I did some more walking today.
Made it up 4 stairs today without my walker.
The walker stayed it the truck today.
The black flies drove me off the mill at 3:00 today.
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 06:38:36 PM »
Hang in there Bruno.
Black flies? what the heck are they.
Seriously they were not bad here this year and seem to be gone now
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2020, 06:59:54 PM »
Yea - by far the hardest part is your mind wanting to do something and your body not being able to do so. Been there after I broke my L5 and L4, then during therapy I was hitting plateaus for two years and not able to get past them, frustrating does not begin to describe the feeling.  Mind you I went from being a guy who got paid to jump out of aircraft to being a guy who could not put on his underwear.  It took a toll.  

I can't offer any medical advice, but mentally you have to just get through the next single second, then repeat that one thing, over and over.  Break every task down to one second at a time and focus on finding success within that second - no matter how small.  Time will pass, your body will heal, just don't loose sight of the fact that in this game you get to keep swinging as long as you don't walk away from the batters box.  
Hang in there buddy! Donít ever give up! Try and keep a positive attitude and donít overdue it working. Just figure out easier ways to do stuff and just take a few more breaks 👍👍👍

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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 06:50:52 AM »
With the virus hitting all my Dr. Appointments got cancelled.
2 weeks ago I have had enough knee joints or not I'm going to try to walk again.
I have been doing a little a day some days are better than others.
Blocking the pain is tough but if I'm busy some time I can block it out.
I'm thinking about trying to build some knee braces out of ash or aluminum some how.
At least that way I can stand and try to get some strength back in my legs.
I worrie if this goes much longer it will be lost.
They won't be able to help me.
Any thoughts on brace design I will listen to.
Untill then I'm going to push as hard as I can.
We're the same age. I know exactly what you are going through. Things are opening up. I'm pretty sure that this next month or july at least you can have your regular appointments again. I know it's hard to not do what you were able to do just a short while ago. I went from running 3 + miles a day and could do anything I wanted physically. Could easily out work men half my age to not hardly being able to walk some days or do much of anything in one day. Luckily I'm a realist and haven't suffered a lot of mental anguish over it, but like southside said, look at the small victories.  

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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2020, 07:20:36 AM »
3rd day in a row I walked around the mill doing things I haven't done in 2 years or more.
Made it up 4 stairs into the house without bear walking.
It wasn't pretty but did it.
Going to do more every day if I can push through it.
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2020, 02:22:54 AM »
You are the same age as one of my 3 real good friends. He says that his brain thinks itís 19, but his body says 54. Iím similar but worse. I wonít get started or Iíll end up having my own pity party. That being said, take your time, work smart, relax when needed. The job isnít going anywhere but your remaining health may if you try and push the issue when not necessary. Smell the coffee!
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2020, 03:19:24 PM »
I have been walking and moving alot.
It bit me this weekend both knees are swelled up good.
Once I got moving today it was a small amount better.
But making some progress. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2020, 03:22:54 PM »
I sure do wish that someone could help you.
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2020, 12:31:20 PM »
As long as you continue to make progress you'll get there!

Persevere!
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2020, 04:57:45 PM »
Keep at it Bruno! We are with ya!!
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2020, 07:04:04 AM »
I'm walking a little more every day.
Pushing through is tough but feels good in a painful way.
The wobbly knew joints and balance are taking some getting used to again.
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2020, 07:33:40 AM »
Stay the course my friend.  Keep your eye on the goal!!   8)
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2020, 08:40:07 AM »
Stay with it ! 
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Re: Relearning to walk
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2020, 07:35:31 AM »
Good news Bruno,  don't get overconfident, steady and sure movements

Do you have compressive type braces?

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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2020, 02:43:08 PM »
I don't have any braces
It's hard to find them in my size.
I have looked to have some custom made 
But no one will do it
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2020, 05:07:54 PM »
Still walking more everyday
The knees are pretty swelled up but I'm pushing through it the best I can.
I'm so busy I really don't have time to think about till I settle down for the night.
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2020, 07:18:39 AM »
Keep at it Bruno!
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