In late April, a young therapist used a special lift unit to get me to my feet and for the first time in 26 days I was able to put weight on my legs. Walking was a different matter due to the neuropathy in my feet (numbness in the toes and soles, and super sensitive on the top) and muscle atrophy in my legs. Basically I would have to learn to walk all over again.
Abby and Milo accompanied me as they faithfully walked with me even when it was just up and down our long hallway ....up and back and up and back with them shadowing me every step of the way. They are so faithful and loyal. They are probably thinking the old guy has lost it, walking in circles instead of going for a long walk in the woods.
I am now up to doing laps in our circular driveway and have moved from the walker to a cane. Each lap is 0.1 mile, and I am up to four laps in the morning and four at night.
This picture was taken in Boone this last weekend where I was walking the decks of the cabin for 0.25 mile three times a day. Of course the pups were still walking with me every step.
As we left Boone, we decided on one more trip to the Valle Crucis park and Linda and I walked just under a mile. Progress!! My goal is to once again take the dogs on a long walk at the reserve/park.
Walking: Something most of us take for granted until we can't do it anymore. For me, I have a new appreciation for walking and if anyone is looking for me and can't find me, well, I am probably with my cane........just walking!