All of us have a different approach to summer. What is it that you love about this season? To me – Summer means lots of playing outside – which equals exercise. I like to hike with Nordic poles, bike, swim, yoga and Tai chi. This year – I want to add kayaking to the list.
EXCEPT – right now, I’m in the middle of an RA flare; my left eye won’t open all of the way ( or see very well) and I was just fit with a custom made ankle brace that I get to wear for the rest of my life.
Part one of the plaster cast for my custom orthotic.
Part 2 of fitting.
Why do I need this? It’s a bit complicated. I have a history of spraining this ankle. Then, I took Levaquin for a nasty infection that refused to go away. I ended up with full body tendonitis (year 6 now) and it has destroyed the tendons and ligaments that hold my left foot to my ankle. Add to that- rheumatoid arthritis,inflammation,with the bonus of osteoarthritis across the top of my foot. It’s just not pretty at all. My ankle specialist had given me 6 months to see if I could rehab it. I worked very hard – 3 2 hr sessions a week for 4 months with no forward momentum. I knew I was DOOMED! My Dr.then planned on a titanium ankle- but my CYP issues with anesthesia changed her mind.
Today was only my first day -it will take a while to get used to it. It rubs against my skin- chaffes it, and is hard to get used to. The heel cup is hard and solid so that I have no movement at all in my ankle joint. So- summer plans are slightly revised- moving along much slower than planned. But- they ARE moving along.
We know that chronic disease provides us with many challenges.
What will you be working on this summer? Any new challenges?