So, how hard is it to learn to walk again? You just put one foot in front of the other like you have always done, right? Wrong! There is so much to it when you have had your body, let alone your skeletal structure, drastically altered.
You feel like you should just be able to stand up and move like you have for years. However, you now have a foreign object inside of you. You have a hole where everyone else has a moving joint. You put weight on your "new" leg and it feels as though someone put a vice grip on you and tightened it so much that you have been rendered nearly incapacitated. This "new" leg doesn't move like it should.
|Turned around at the door and heading back to the|
hospital bed after a strenuous therapy day after surgery.
So, these are really the things my therapists, nurses and family said every time I got out of the bed to learn to walk again. Despite the doctors original assessment, "You'll probably never walk again. At best you'll walk with a walker."
Learning to walk again was and has been a long process. Still to this day I have to think about "how" to walk. Place my heal down first, pivot to the toe and push off the ground only to do it all over again. But, I don't walk with a walker. I walk with a cane and a lot of times, I walk without a cane at all. Learning to walk again, a process of not taking it for granted.