|Posted on November 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM|
After falling and breaking my left hand for the second time in six months, leaving a permanently crooked pinky finger, I’ve come to the realization that vanity isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In essence, I was trying to cover up the fact that my brain is injured and opted to ignore the advice of professional’s and others stressing safety first. I hated wearing the AFO (ankle-foot orthotic) because it was so big, bulky and noticeable, not to mention the stares I got from people! I wanted to appear normal and look like everyone else, the way I used to look . . . wouldn’t you? Now, I know that normal is NOT breaking my hand twice in one year! I’ve finally learned my lesson the hard way. Safety must come first! Due to my frequent mishaps, it was decided I needed to go back to physical therapy and be re-evaluated. The therapist introduced me to a new type of AFO (called a walk-on), which is much lighter and less conspicuous than the old style. I like this brace because it’s lightweight and fits inside any shoe with a back to it, giving me many more shoe options than I’ve had in the last six years; which is every woman’s dream! Everyone has now commented how much my gait has improved! I decided to continue in physical therapy, working on my balance. After all, practice makes perfect. After a month of PT, the evaluation showed that my balance has improved. So, I scheduled additional sessions through the end of the year in hopes of further improvement. I can’t afford another fall and break to my left hand . . . a girl can only take so much!
Left: old bulky AFO - Right: new lightweight walk-on