A year is a long time, but some hip fractures are more serious than others. I’ve seen a couple of ladies who were on the ward at the same time as I was, and they’re both up and walking. They’re walking differently to how they walked before, but they’re walking.
I, on the other hand, am not. Well, I’m walking around the house – I can even get down the stairs on my own now (but I still can’t get in or out of the bath alone, or even wash my own hair). I had mobility issues in the first place. After all, I have epilepsy and vertigo, which can both send me into a serious accident. I’m certainly not walking in the way I used to, and I never will again.
Learning to walk when you have metalwork is quite difficult at this stage in the game. I have no worries about being a partial Cyborg, but I’m having to learn to walk in a completely different way, and I have to take a lot of opiates if I even want to walk at all. I have good days and bad days, but that pain in my femoral screws is always there.
But I’m getting there. I can actually limp around the house now, and perhaps one day I won’t need my wheelchair when I need to be out and about – but I don’t think that will happen any time soon.
This injury is life-altering. I’ll adjust, but it’s going to take me a long time. I’m stubborn though, and I’m brave. Recuperation might take me a while longer than first expected, but no injury is ever going to take me down!