This week I have graduated to one crutch, not all the time, because it’s definitely harder than two. But it’s still a huge achievement and feels like a giant leap forward but I still have almost two weeks before my next appointment at the fracture clinic. Two weeks feels like an eternity right now, which is kind of funny compared to how I would have felt waiting two weeks just a few weeks ago, but I’m moving forward faster now and I’m feeling almost as impatient as I did when I was told I had to wait six weeks to go back in. We’re finally getting close to that appointment but it still kind of feels like an eternity away.
Until my next appointment, I’m kind of in limbo. I don’t want to push myself too far beyond what I was instructed to do at the last appointment, but I also don’t want to slow down my recovery by being overly cautious. Right now, I’m going with what doesn’t hurt (or at least not much) so that I can keep moving forward. That said, all of the things I’m doing right now are physio approved which is honestly more important for me than what has been advised by the staff at the hospital. The reality is that the hospital staff go with a cautious course of action across the board and it is only individualized if you’re healing slower than normal or there is some kind of issue. They don’t look closely enough a lot of the time to even know if you’re safe to progress a little faster than their baseline.
This is why having a physio in your corner is so important. Listening to your surgeon is important, but once they’ve cleared you for physio, your physio will likely know your body much better than your surgeon, and will see a whole lot of similar cases to yours, just like your surgeon. The difference though, is that your physio will have spent (exponentially) more time with each similar case than your surgeon will have so they’ll have a better idea of what to do next.
Know that when you’re cleared partial weight-bearing, there are a lot of things you can do to push yourself, and a good physio will push you without causing you a whole lot of pain. You want to see progress each week, but you won’t know how much is safe without good medical advice and your surgical team and the staff at the hospital will usually not be there to offer it, so having someone you see every week will help keep you on track.
This recovery is hard enough, don’t make it harder for yourself by trying to do it on your own.