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Old 04-23-2014, 09:00 PM   #18881
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I've walked with crutches. The ends of the crutches are well padded, so it doesn't hurt much.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:26 PM   #18882
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Time for an update from Regensburg!...
Cara, your update is such good news! Frank is probably recovering so quickly from all the love you're showering on him. Oh, and a little help from the medical staff. Hope he keeps getting better on a quick pace.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:32 PM   #18883
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Great news Cara! Best wishes for continued steady improvement for Frank! Thanks for keeping is posted. Take care!
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:57 PM   #18884
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Time for an update from Regensburg!
Yea, Cara! It is so good the hear your good news.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:09 PM   #18885
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Ooh, that's too bad. It just sucks when trying to improve hurts. But it's sometimes necessary.

I have a somewhat guarded opinion about Physical Therapists. (Sounds like yours was good). But when a MaryJane Hardbody is my PT I get a little worried.
Nope, not these girls. There are duly trained and licensed physical therapist who work with geriatric patients every day. If I had said "No thank you, not interested, that would have been the end of it. But I am the one who showed an interest in strengthening my legs. I can run but can't climb even a small set of steps. They checked my oxygen level and heart rate before they would even let me sit on it.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:52 AM   #18886
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Franks physiotherapist is great! He finds the right words to motivate but he also knows, when it's enough.

I forgot to wish all sufferers a "get well soon"!
I am a bit focused on my own things at the moment, I'm sorry for thatů
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:25 AM   #18887
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LP, if you make sure to label the bread as gluten free, they probably won't get stolen.
It is labeled gluten free and the first time they broke in they didn't steal any of the bread products, gluten free or some regular buns we had for company. And if they steal the cake, it is less temptation for me - they are just play cakes for me, not any set job.

But our fence is now over 6 feet high and I dare them to try and get over it without getting caught!
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:02 AM   #18888
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Franks physiotherapist is great! He finds the right words to motivate but he also knows, when it's enough.

I forgot to wish all sufferers a "get well soon"!
I am a bit focused on my own things at the moment, I'm sorry for thatů
Thanks, Cara! We know about Frank, how are you doing?
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:28 AM   #18889
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I've walked with crutches. The ends of the crutches are well padded, so it doesn't hurt much.
The first time I broke my foot, I was on crutches for six weeks. After the first week, your underarm muscles don't even notice you are using them. If I had to go on them today, I doubt I would have the physical strength. It would have to be a wheelchair for me.

Cara I am so happy Frank is doing so well. When the weather gets better, take him outside in the wheelchair for a breath of fresh air. There is nothing like a deep breath of fresh Spring air, to lift one's spirits.
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Regarding crutches, you are not supposed to rely on your underarms to support you. In fact you should be able to get three fingers vertically between the crutch pad and your underarm. All the weight and support should be on your hands. Of course some of us, like me, don't have strong enough arms for that so good padding on the crutch tops does help.

After my accident that fractured my back, I was given a no-wheeled walker at first. This was no good because I didn't have enough strength in my legs (as I am sure is the case with Frank), so I was given a pair of crutches and was told to use them as above. This helped both my arms and legs get stronger.
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