Okay, so don't tell my doctor this, but I may be rushing into my next surgery. I mean, I'm not really 100% rehabbed with ankle #1 yet...it's probably more like 85% healed. I still feel pain when I walk on it and don't really know if that's normal or not (although it's a better pain than before the surgery). And my biggest complaint is that it feels stiff when I flex it up. My PT instructed me to do more calf stretches to help with this, but I haven't noticed much of a change yet. I know, I know...I need to give it more time with the stretching to see a difference. But time is something that I'm quickly running out of.
The biggest worry I have is going into a cast again, which will keep me non-weight bearing for six weeks instead of the normal two. This will only happen if #2 fractures during surgery (click here to read why #1 fractured and how I'm getting screwed again). I can do two weeks of anything, but six would really set me back (again). And six weeks of standing on #1 only...eeek! It's already in pain and I can't balance all that well on it. I keep telling myself that I will be able to really get #1 to full strength once #2 isn't holding it back. And I believe this statement about 99%...it's that little 1% doubt that has the loudest voice in my head!
I had both my hip replacements done at the same time and was back to school (college) within 3 months. That was super hard, but I did it. Of course, I was 19 at the time...with superhuman youthful healing abilities. But still...I'm not that old. Only 37...29 in my head. I can do this! Right? Right???