They got it half way from hell to neutral when they cast the leg after surgery, 1 month ago.
Two weeks ago they changed the cast, did imaging tests to make sure there were no blood clots, removed the staples and had her do a stretching exercise for her foot and tendons for 20 minutes before re casting the leg. This photo shows the stretching exercise. It is her right leg from the left side. See the line of wounds going up the leg - they were there when they removed the NY cast. Lauren does not know where they came from. The lower two are deep. The coloring on the leg is not shadows. That is bruising and was taken 30 days after the initial injury.
The right side of the right leg has the incision with 24 staples.
She got closer to neutral but still not perfect.
They had her come back last Monday to stretch it further. While the cast was off this time I was able to shave her lower leg and slough off all the dead skin from the ball of the foot to the ankle before recasting. They got close to neutral but still not 100%. Here is the cast now. She allowed me to choose the color and decorations.
She goes back on the 29th and they will bring her all the way to neutral and give her a walking cast.
In the meantime, today she gets her knee walker. If it works with her body type and she is comfortable, it will provide her with the ability to be more independent while still remaining non-weight bearing and when she is weight bearing it will be useful in situations where there is extensive ground to cover. She can walk around a store instead of sit and spin her wheels.
How am I? I had a few days where I had cheese, flour and butter all on the same day. Not the best choice for me on any given day but the behavior has abated. No binges. No insanity. Chocolate is not a vegetable. Still refraining from sugar - thank God. Maybe best of all is a willingness to pause and allow that I do not have all the answers. Respecting the viewpoints of others is a gift that came with my recovery.
I got a FitBit for Christmas and made my marathon badge quickly. (not a real marathon, just a total of 26-point-whatever miles). If I can walk 100 miles in January I will be happy. If my daughter can walk one mile she will be very happy.
It's all a matter of prospective.