By Erin Allen
Left foot. Right foot. Don't limp. Repeat.
That's been the droning cadence in my head for the last couple of weeks, as I've taken my first steps since ACL surgery on Feb. 26. I had six weeks of non-weight bearing, and I'm finally walking again.
The sensation is strange. I feel this pressure in my knee, as if I can sense my joints squash against each other. I proceed at a pretty slow pace, because I'm having to consciously think about the movement I'm making. Heel-toe, heel-toe. Making sure that everything is deliberate so I don't tweak my knee or start to limp. Limping is bad and apparently a hard habit to break, if I were to start.
I'm was not entirely self-sufficient in the beginning. I continued using the crutches as a support, so I could ease my way into mobility and prevent that pesky limping. The brace was also a mainstay for the first several days.
Admittedly, some days are worse than others, with my knee being so stiff and sore I can hardly walk. My quad muscles are very weak, and I find it very challenging to engage it at times.
But, all in all, achievement unlocked! Major milestone met! It quite literally is baby steps, but steps I'm proud to take regardless. Physical therapy is also helping me ease my way back into things, with more weight-bearing exercises.
The next milestone is at about the three month mark, when I get to ease back into light jogging on the treadmill or track, according to my orthopedic doctor. I can tell you, I've never wanted to run more in my life!