Wednesday, November 17th, was seven weeks post-surgery. I wore my air cast in the morning and then progressed to my sneakers and a cane. Getting around the house was a slow process and it hurt, but I had to keep up with it. I'd be going back to work (part-time) in two weeks and wanted to make my ankle as strong as possible. I work in an office so I'd be sitting most of the day and I planned on bringing my air cast with me just in case. The doctor advised me not to drive while wearing the cast but I knew I could carry it in the car with me.
On Friday my physical therapist advised me to wear the air cast more often. He told me I would ruin the way I walk by walking barefoot or in sneakers. The air cast had a "rocker bottom" which would give my foot the ability to move in a more natural walking motion, whereas if I walked barefoot or in sneakers I would tend to keep my foot flat and shuffle along. My foot needed to "learn" how to walk again.
Over the weekend I wore my air cast more, and consciously made the effort to move my left foot in a normal walking motion. Walking and standing for any length of time still made me sore. I was longing to be "normal" again, wanted to go about my daily life and do things I haven't been able to do in a long time. My ankle was becoming stronger and more flexible, but I constantly had to remind myself that I was still recovering and needed to take things slow.
I missed being at the cat shelter on the weekends; a typical morning at the shelter meant approximately 2.5 hours on my feet and I knew I wasn't ready for that. Luckily there were enough people on my crew so my absence didn't make things that much harder for them. Still... I couldn't wait to go back!