So, that was Thursday and Friday. Today, Saturday, I decided to be careful. And it's easy to be careful in the morning. The foot is usually stiff and achy and I'm not completely awake. I came down the three stairs from the bedroom to the living room with a crutch and settled in. We had a breakfast at a cafe and I continued getting around with a crutch, but the foot felt good. When we got home I started getting around without a crutch. It was awkward and kind of ugly. Later, someone told me I could play Frankenstein with that walk, but I was taking full steps with my right foot, rather than abortive half-steps that bolts and jolts of pain required just three days earlier. This was a major breakthrough. So, I continued walking without a crutch. All day. I even managed to walk down stairs almost like a normal person. Oh, the foot swelled quite a bit. By the evening it was aching and I was tired from the new activity, but how pleased I was, I cannot describe. It was a day of breakthroughs.
There was one more breakthrough. During my PT visit, Wayne had told me to get on a stationary bike to increase the range of motion. Now, not in another week. Well, OK! I hadn't had the time to do it on Thursday and on Friday my foot just didn't feel well enough to attempt a ride, but today... I set up my bike on the trainer and changed into shorts. I could barely get my left foot into the cycling shoe. Once it went in, it felt good. I gingerly climbed on the bike. I had no idea how clipping in and out would feel, but it didn't feel. It was absolutely painless in and out. Riding was a bit odd, though. I tried to pedal smoothly, yet leg strength imbalance was such that after 15 minutes my circles turned to squares. Because of the two compression socks and the still-swollen ankle, my foot rubbed against the crank arm, but I didn't mind -- I was on the bike again! And it felt great and so familiar and emotional. I stayed on for 25 minutes. By then the foot had had enough. It was a great start. More riding tomorrow, assuming the foot feels OK after such an active day. Velo SF, I'm back, baby! I'm back!