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THE BRAIN AND THE ANKLE SAID 'HELLO' TO EACH OTHER................
My Physical Therapist, Michael, got real excited today when I told him it "felt" like my ankle was unstable - kinda wobbly - and unsafe. Immediately he started rotating it in all directions. Then he said "push!!!" - nothing - again - again (not unlike child-birth in effort ) - then I "pushed with my good left foot and the right foot said, "oh, I can do that," and it did.
Just a hair's worth, mind you but it bidged - it budged - it moved......
Then, we worked on "Pull", as in pull the foot back. I couldn't see it move - but Michael did.
It is marvelous - it means that below the swelling, below the numbness, below the lack of muscle control - THINGS ARE STILL ALIVE -. Nurse Sis talked to me about nerves, blocked arteries, muscles, etc. etc. etc. - helping me to understand that great things can happen - but it will take time, lots of work, physical therapy - Not quite the HEAL - WALK - RUN............but.............it can happen over time.
I feel rather like the Phoenix in one of the Harry Potter movies (can't remember which one) were he come back to life from a pile of ashes at the bottom of his cage. He looks all straggley, befuddled, half his hair missing - all in all a poor sight.
I mentioned this to someone I was with and said, "I wonder how many times I can come back from the bottom of my cage." From across the room came, "Oh, probably until we shoot ya!!"