Saturday, January 16, 2010
Six Weeks' Check Up
I saw Dr. Alam yesterday for my six-weeks' check-up. The x-rays show that the bone is mending nicely. The doctor was pleased with my mobility, but he said I should hold off on driving for another two weeks. :-(
When I mentioned that I needed a "left-handed" cane, he looked puzzled. I showed him the cane I'd been using. It had belonged to Mom. She picked it out because it did not look like an "old lady" cane. At age 97, she was not about to go out in public looking like an old lady. Instead of a crook, her cane had a molded handpiece of black simulated wood, making it look more like an Irish walking stick than a cane. It was her idea of a compromise, because she didn't "need" a cane at all and was only getting one to shut me (and her doctor) up. Since it was molded to fit her right hand, it was all wrong for me. Here's a bit of "arcane" knowledge: if your right leg is injured, you hold your cane in your left hand, and vice-versa. Dr. Alam gave me an "old lady" cane and I went home happy.
On Monday, I will start outpatient physical therapy, three times a week for four weeks.