Hi Friends- it’s been 2.5 weeks since I’ve been made non-weight-bearing (NWB) on my right foot because of my torn posterior tibial tendon, so I thought I’d check in and let you know how I’ve been doing.
I have mostly been using my scooter to get around, especially at work. It is kind of embarrassing and people give me a hard time about it, but I’m able to do my job without any difficulties. I also like that I have a little pouch on the scooter where I can put things like my pager, pens, formulary, etc. I can lean on the top of the scooter and steer with my arms, so I can carry things in my hands (like when I buy lunch in the cafeteria). I thought about getting a basket but then it would make the way I sit it in my car difficult, so I’ve held off.
On another note, the scooter makes it so much easier to go shopping. Not that I have done a ton of shopping since I’ve been NWB, but I can hang clothes on the handles or carry a shopping basket at the grocery store. (I text my mom and sister pics of clothes in dressing rooms…)
So for how much I hated on the scooter, I actually think it is awesome and has kept me pretty mobile. For anyone that is having foot/ankle/leg issues, I *highly* recommend it over crutches!!!
People pretty much give me a hard time about the scooter everywhere I go. It doesn’t bother me for the most part because I realize that it is pretty funny… but it bugs the crap out of me when people say “I wish I had one of those” or “I need that!”…. yes, let’s trade… I will take the ability to walk and bear weight, and you can have my scooter
I normally don’t like to say that I hate something, but I can honestly say that I hate crutches. I just have a really hard time with them. I mostly only use them when I’m going in and out of somewhere quickly where getting the scooter out of my car is too much of a pain.
My worst experience with crutches was this past weekend when I went out with friends. We took an uber and the scooter wasn’t going to fit in the car, so I ended up taking crutches to get around. It was honestly awful and my hands were so sore for the next 2 days that it hurt to hold on to the handlebars of my scooter. I think I would have an easier time using them if I used them all the time… but for now, I prefer the scooter life.
Parking / Handicap Permit
I laughed at the idea of getting a temporary handicap placard for my car at first because even though I am using crutches or my scooter, I still feel more able to get in and out of places than other people. I also got a parking exception at work so that is not an issue.
But earlier this week, I had a completely awful experience trying to go to the doctor. The parking lot was huge and slanted, and there were cars circling the lot trying to find a space. I finally got one on the opposite side of the lot and had to use my scooter to get allll the way inside, uphill, in the pouring rain. It was the worst and I’ve been thinking that maybe it would be nice to have the handicap parking in situations like that.
Being 100% compliant with NWB is a lot harder than I thought, primarily because I live by myself. I am always compliant at work, which is good because that’s where I do about 80% of my walking on a daily basis.
But it’s hard at home where it’s not as easy to use the scooter and I need my hands to carry stuff. Simple things like taking out the trash, fixing dinner, and putting away laundry have suddenly become monumental tasks when you can’t put pressure on your foot. So while I try to be compliant, sometimes I just say “forget it” and carry the basket of laundry to my room. I need to do better!
When I first was made NWB, I thought I would really get into home floor exercises. This was wishful thinking. It’s honestly so exhausting dealing with the scooter and crutches that the last thing I want to do when I get home is think about working out. I have gained about 5lb since I was first put in the boot 6 weeks ago. This is kind of depressing but it is what it is.
I would like to get to the pool at some point to swim but it hasn’t happened yet. Again, the thought of dealing with my crutches, the boot and getting to the pool just seems like a lot right now.
I’m supposed to be NWB for 6 weeks so I’m almost halfway done. To be completely honest, I have not noticed any difference in the pain I’m feeling in my foot. I actually wonder if my tear is worse than what was indicated on my MRI (my doctor said there’s a 15% chance of this) because of the amount of pain that I’m in. I am taking prescription motrin 3x daily and have noticed no difference in my discomfort. I also have some mild swelling right below my ankle. This really hasn’t improved with the boot or with NWB.
So that’s what has been going on with me for the past few weeks :)
Have you ever been NWB and if so, did you feel like you were going to go completely crazy? :)