So, OK, this wasn’t one of my most glorious moments, perhaps, but I can honestly say I am extremely proud of myself for what I did earlier today. It happened in the most inglorious and smallest room in the house, yes, the toilet.
I had done what I had to do, and then proceeded to go from there to another, more salubrious room in the house. I’ve done the transfer from raised toilet seat, to walking frame, to Knee Walker, to sofa many times since I came home from hospital, after having an operation to mend my newly fractured ankle.
But Oh No, something went wrong, and instead of ending up kneeling with one knee on the Knee Walker, I ended up collapsed in a heap on the floor of the toilet. Boo! What to do? I knew my husband was outside, mowing the grass outside, getting ready for possible snake season. Even if I yelled loudly, he wouldn’t hear me. I sat there a moment, on the cold tiles, and thought.
The Knee Walker was right close by, but getting onto in from my ‘floor sitting’ position, was impossible, I know this because I tried it. No can do. I set up the walking frame in its usual position against the toilet door, and sort of slid along the tiles toward the Knee Walker. My plan was to move the walker to its usual position next to the sofa, where I can easily get onto it and use it properly.
And I was going to do this, while sliding along on the ground, on my bottom, using both my left ‘good’ foot and my right ‘fractured ankle but mending’ foot. I got started, pushing the Knee Walker, turning it in the right direction, zooming it along the tiles and out of the laundry, as best I could.
It was like a return to my earliest years, before I learned to walk. I did it then as a child, I could and would do it again as an adult! The walker doesn’t zoom smoothly in one direction, when bushed from behind, from down low. It goes a short distance then turns and stops. It was a little frustrating, but I knew I had to do it, if I wanted to get to the sofa, the lovely comfortable sofa, where the TV was, and my water bottle was. I had to do this!
At least once I was onto the carpeted area of the house, it was warmer, even though the sliding was a little more work. I did it though, slowly but surely, the walker in front and me on my bottom, following along behind, I go to the sofa, left the Knee Walker in its best spot close by, and I pulled myself onto the sofa. It wasn’t elegant, it didn’t have to be that, it was effective, which is all I needed it to be! I got onto the sofa, got all of my cushions and the chair to put my foot up on, in order, and I sat back and rested.
Hooray, what could have been a painful or at least embarrassing and uncomfortable thing, turned out to be a victory – Carolyn against disability, and Carolyn wins! With my MS, I have never had anything as bad as this particular misadventure, possibly because when I was at my most affected by MS, I wouldn’t have done what I did today, I instead would have had someone there to help me, and I would have accepted that help.
I think at the moment though, I am feeling more and more able, even though I am still unable/unwilling to walk on the foot with the fracture, until I get the go ahead from the surgeon who operated on my ankle just a fortnight ago. I don’t want to damage what the surgeon was done, and time will tell how things are going there. I have an x ray and surgeon visit lined up the week after next, and all will be revealed.