I had a bad back and bad knee when I woke up, don’t know why! Think my knee might be hurting because it is slightly bent when I walk, as my left leg was lengthened a little during surgery. I noticed it in the hospital when I started walking with the PT. Hopefully this won’t be a permanent thing and won’t cause me too much difficulty. I am gutted though. As if things weren’t bad enough. Now I am going to look like a freak.
My tummy muscles are also bothering me, because I am relying a lot on them when I sit up in bed.
Our sofa is unable to be raised; our sofa legs are non standard. So a platform needs to be built to put the sofa on. For now I will have to use the cushion.
I went into town with mum today; she put a cushion on the seat of the car so that I had a flat surface to slide onto, because of the stupid bucket seats. It was much easier! Going over the speed bumps was a bit jolty on my hip but was bearable.
We ended up having to raise the cushions on the wheelchair because when I sat in it my knees were higher than my hips and it was really uncomfortable.
Mum was panicking when pushing me round town; she didn’t want anyone knocking into me (my leg was sticking out a little). I was wary too, a lot of people don’t watch where they are going and I didn’t walk around town on my sticks because I wasn’t confident enough. I felt safer in the chair.
When I got home I did my PT, I feel abit scared doing some of them. I don’t know how far to push myself or if I am doing them right. I suppose most people feel like this at first.
I miss being able to walk around the shops, it is so difficult in the chair because a lot of places aren’t very accessible, and I find that checkout staff talk to the one pushing me rather than me. Which is just rude in my opinion and it really annoys me!
Having a shower is such an ordeal! I thought I would be ok having a bath board. Well, I am ok getting into the bath. But when it came to standing up to get under the shower, I had a problem. I had nothing to hold onto to get myself up; my grab rail (fitted years ago) was too far away to reach. I managed in the end but I had to bend forward a little which hurt me. I had the same problem when I went to sit back on the board. I had nothing to steady myself and I felt very unsafe. I used my grabber in the end to grab a towel to put on the floor of the bath, to give some grip. If it wasn’t for the towel I would have slipped. Well done me!
After my shower I was shattered, it took ages! I miss having a bath!