Today I went for my first walk, a very short one, but I escaped the house and walked to a near-bye coffee shop for a change of venue, skim flat white and a wholemeal muffin! Leaving the house I suddenly thought that maybe I needed a walking stick, which seemed a bit over the top, but maybe sensible as I was venturing out alone. I don’t have a walking stick so decided to use an umbrella instead for support, also looks less dramatic and it had been raining! I have to say that I was very glad I made this decision, as I was very, very slow and had difficulty picking my feet up. My biggest danger was navigating the uneven pavements with feet that just did not seem to want to lift up! Wow.. Three and a half weeks of resting, elevating legs, surgery and infection had taken a bigger toll than I had thought physically.
I think even a snail would have beaten me today and the tortoise would have romped past me! You know you are slow when the crossing light changes to red and you still have not made it over the road! I felt very vulnerable and it gave me an insight in to what it would be like to have a disability or to be elderly. There are things we take for granted till they are taken away, though for me I know I will improve, but today was very confronting.
Even though slow and a bit unsteady I made it and felt so much better for my little outing, these simple victories are what help to pass the time. Like “Rocky” I will now take on the challenge of small walks everyday, till I feel my strength return. I maybe a snail at the moment but I will get faster, tomorrow is a new day, the sun is out and I will learn to appreciate small victories on the way to reaching my goal!