Despite today's blogfest, which has no doubt overwhelmed you with posts to read, I thought it was time for a specific progress update.
Incredibly, it's been two weeks and four days since I posted my video updates, and three weeks and a day since the last non-video progress report, so it's definitely overdue.
However, I think it's important to remember that the casts came off at seven weeks and one day, so it's not been that long since then.
If you want to catch up then click on the "progress" tab in the labels cloud to the right and they will come up, or find them in the archive, also to the right.
At seven weeks I was able to walk but only slowly, and I could go up on tiptoe between 2.5 and 3 inches
At eight weeks I was walking on stairs using alternate feet, and had slightly improved tiptoe-motion.
Now, I don't even think about what I'm doing on the stairs, and I have started going up on tiptoe to do things like reach into cupboards and get out of the bath, without even thinking about it, which is great.
Walking is getting a bit quicker, although I've been set back a bit by the orthotics lady who has made my left foot really painful with her yanking of my big toe.
The biggest bit of progress has been getting back behind the wheel.
As I live in the UK, I drive a manual car (aka a stick shift, as it is hilariously called in the US) so I have to be able to use the clutch safely.
Yesterday, I had a go at driving home from Tesco and I managed it! I did need the seat a bit closer to the wheel than usual, to avoid overstretching my toes, but I managed it.
I don't think I could cope with too much clutch control, like in heavy traffic, as they did ache, but I can definitely do short trips that don;t have too much stopping and starting.
However, I managed to crock myself a bit with the Tesco trip. What was supposed to be a half-hour shop turned into an hour and 90 minutes with hubby and the Little Lady and it was just too long to be on my feet, especially on my new orthotics.
My legs, especially my knees, really ache today and I've had to elevate them all day and try and rest.
Half an hour would have been fine I think, though, and it's all progress.
So there we are. I'll do some pictures of the tiptoes test and my exercises this week.