I got back from vacation yesterday and after 10 days of doing pretty much nothing, I was feeling pretty good. I look normal to someone who doesn't know me, my gait looks pretty good and I am not using any type of assistive device. So I got home yesterday (without luggage....long story, but they lost our 3 suitcases) and headed out to the supermarket. I think it was my first solo trip since surgery, but have to re-read my blog just to be sure!
It didn't occur to me that I may have trouble at the supermarket, since I had been doing well on vacation. It only took about 5 steps in the frigid NY air, pushing an empty shopping cart, that I realized maybe I wasn't quite ready. Oh well, too late, we needed milk and vegetables and dinner etc...so I did it. I looked almost tipsy, and in pain, and when you don't have a crutch, no one really cares if you drop things on the floor, no one holds doors for you.....but I survived.