This will probably hack off some of my medical friends.
One of the things that you deal with as a stroke survivor is the fact that you are at war.
For two years now, I’ve fought a battle with my body. First to move anything on the right side at all, then into a wheelchair where the fight to walk began in earnest. All through that struggle I’ve had as a constant companion my AFO, the brace that helped me with standing and walking movements, aided by a special cane.
It was helpful, it was needed, but over the last few months I have been realizing that it’s time to take this training wheel off. Foot drop now seems manageable, and quite frankly, I want to wear the same size shoe on both feet again. I’ve been getting around without the cane as I go about the house working on balancing on both legs properly.
At times, that has been without the AFO as well. Been increasing that time, too, since I started feeling more liberated and comfortable without it.
So, as I come up on two years after discharge from the hospital, I’ve decided the AFO will stay at home from now on unless absolutely needed. I’m not asking for permission from anyone to do this, and I know some will think me quite daft. It’s okay if you do.
The next battle is about to begin, so if you’ll excuse me…
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