Originally Posted by Claire
Thanks for all the good wishes. I have a wealth of friends here in town, and ironically, most of them have broken a foot/ankle/leg or had hip replacement in the past few years. We have a pair of crutches we call the "community" crutches that get passed from home to home as we each have our accidents. I'm sure hoping that I'm the last person to try to use them! Enough is enough already.
It's hard in that sometimes you wind up having to call a half dozen times, then waiting for a return call to get some of the simplest recovery questions answered. For example the compression hose I was sent home with .... I thought they were just for when I was being sedentary, which I'm definitely not (it's about 120 ft round trip from the couch I'm living on to the bathroom (laundry room, utility room) & back, a trip I make at least a dozen times a day (and my pt thought such a trip twice a day would be good, haha). Anyway, a half-dozen calls later and I was told, no, its because of the type of fracture and I'll need to wear them for 6 weeks aside from the little time it takes to wash them (dry very quickly). It's been 100 degrees out! The next question is I want to start taking stairs, can remember the how-to of up, but cannot remember whether to lead with bad or good leg going down. How much you want to bet it takes a half dozen calls and a half hour to get a one word answer when I start in tomorrow?
"The good leg goes to heaven, the bad leg goes to hell."
When you are going up the stairs lead with the good leg, when you are going downstairs, lead with the bad one.
In other words, if both feet are not on the same step, then the good one should be on the higher step. The one on the higher step does the knee-bending work.