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Crafting update"

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Cooking - I did indeed make bean pickle, and very nice it is too. Using sweetener instead of sugar, the only WW points in there are from the tablespoon of cornflour and the mustard powder, so in sensible quantities, it's zero.

New skirt got the pocket fitted, and it got worn. Crafting time was cut down somewhat yesterday - I got a lift into work with Dave. He works 6 to 6, so that's a very long day for me even before we add in a visit to Hobbycraft (paints and Very Useful Boxes) and a pizza out.

Work was good. Attended a very productive meeting, caught up with people, got to know a new task management package, diagnosed and fixed a bug, did an on-line training course that had slipped my memory, and proved that yes, I can cope with normal office life (though next time, I'll be taking in some aids to carrying takeaway lunch while one hand is occupied by a stick).

Today - latest step forwards is driving the "big" car (the Clio) rather than the little one. Only to Sainsbury's and back, but I walked round the whole store without a stick, as well as driving both ways.

Tomorrow, next physio session - and I'll be driving there without a co-driver. Dave's on nights, and he'll be asleep.
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Well, that Bionic Cyberleg meant that after a bit of practice, I can walk just about anywhere using a single stick for balance. It takes my weight without too much trouble, I just have to be careful because the thing's so big, and the lack of ankle movement makes slopes a little tricky. I'd postponed serious experimentation until I had a Dave present, awake, and with it.

Can - get in and out of the house, now on one stick (started with two crutches).
Can - get self in and out of either car, ditto.
Can - walk halfway round Sainsbury's before getting tired and retreating to a seat to wait for Dave (used 2 crutches for this).

Sadly, that last resulted in no pain at all, but the biggest blisters on the leg I've ever seen. So, a visit to the local nurse, followed by a visit back to the Plaster Room (their response to my phone call was "come in this afternoon), has resulted in a lot more padding, and a stop to walks of anything like that length. Apparently "start weight-bearing" was meant to imply a few gentle toddles round the house for essentials, not half an hour's housework followed by several hundred yards round a shop. Who, me, overdo it? I'm to go back to being a lot more dependent than I really have to, until that mess heals up.

Still, we then went to the IET, and while I didn't venture any further than Reception, a useful team meeting and catch-up occurred, and then we went on to Costa, where I coped happily with normal chairs (no arms) again on a single stick.

Home, and further testing, because I've had enough of sleeping on a sofa.

Can -  get up and down stairs (slow, and down backwards due to that huge foot)
Can - use the upstairs loo (no adaptation or grab handles),
Can - get in and out of bed (no grab handles, no assistance at all).
Can - use a normal chair in the craft room. As yet we have no footstool in there so I can't elevate the leg while working, so that's on hold for a while.

So, sleeping in a real bed, can do, and tonight, will do. I have three days to get used to this with Dave with me, then he'll be on days and I'll have to get myself down in the morning (or get up very early). 

We've got rid of the perching chair with the extra arms in the kitchen - I don't need it. An ordinary chair is fine. The frame on the downstairs loo stays, because that's very low without it, but I'm well on the way to using normal furniture, if rather slowly and with a stick.

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It was heading that way before, with metal bits screwed into the bone, but I now have no cast, permission to weight-bear, and a "support boot" to wear while I do so. That's a very boring name for a visually dramatic device.

Bionic exoskeleton

Cyber-leg? Exo-skeleton?

The buttons at the top inflate (and deflate) the cushioned airbags inside that make sure it's a snug, supportive fit. And with this, I can walk. One leg is now longer than the other, and the sole of the boot is rigid, but curved, so it's taking a bit of getting used to, but I can walk! I'm getting to know it, but the problem is not one of leg strength (I can happily take my entire weight on that leg), it's balance. So far I haven't had any time with a Dave who's present, awake, and coherent, so we have a rule that I still don't try stairs, and always have some sort of support device to hand, but I'm improving rapidly.
Yesterday I got back into the house by walking up the step of the front door, grabbing both sides of the door frame for support and transferring to crutches thereafter.
Last night, I was using crutches (the purple ones!), or back with the walking frame for balance, since the bag on that lets me carry things.
Today, I had one try (Dave present) at carrying a mug of liquid in one hand while pushing the walking frame with the other. My last move around the house involved ONE crutch, and a cup of coffee in the other hand.

Driving is not going to be an option - the Exo-skeleton is just too big to fit on the clutch pedal of either of our cars. "Buy a new car" is not a sensible solution.

Getting up stairs? We'll see. Again, the sheer size of the thing compared with the size of the steps may be an issue, and require experimentation.

There are some limits on how much I can bend my leg that may stop a few activities. No ankle movement at all - that's what the thing's for! Slightly limited knee movement, as it comes up to just under the joint.

Endurance? We'll see. The times I've spent standing so far, back-ache has been the first thing to hit.


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Went to the practice nurse at the Health Centre, dressing removed, and what's underneath is a slight raw area where the old ulcer scar was, another slight raw area at the top of the leg, and an awful lot of dry skin that's flaking off - it's almost scaly. The leg has been washed and moisturised, little dressings have been applied to the two raw areas, and there's a tubi-grip over the lot to hold them on. But I can take that off and re-moisturise as often as I like, and wash twice a day if I feel like it (and after weeks and weeks of being bandaged, I do!) 

Once all that dry skin's off, I think I'll have a healthier and more attractive leg than I had before - less huge near-permanent blisters. It's a lot less swollen than I was regarding as normal, too.

I'll be able to wear real shoes, with soles. This is a good thing, because in two weeks time, I plan on being in walking boots, and in two weeks and one day, I'll be on Snowdon.

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