Let’s have a catch up

First off, I need to start off by saying sorry that there wasn’t a nice new post for you all to read on Monday. I meant to tell you all on Friday that there wouldn’t be one but I forgot. (Silly me). I’ll try make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

Now, onto today’s topic which I suppose is kind of a round- up of all that’s been going on the last few days. Things have been pretty busy.

As you might recall, on Thursday I had somewhere to go on the train and I was wondering how easy it would be for me to manage alone while I was undergoing my serial casting treatment to release some of the tightness in my muscles. I am very happy to say that all went fine and it was just the same as always, which is nice to know. The only real difference was that I’m walking even slower than I usually do (speed is not my strong point at the best of times), but I managed to set off early enough that I still got there ahead of schedule.

It just so happened to be a dry day too which made the trip a lot less stressful because I was a bit worried about getting the pots too wet, so that was a relief.

On Friday, I went back to the hospital to get the air of pots that I was wearing taken off and get cast for some new daytime and night time splints to wear once the serial casting process is done. I was happy to see that even though was only two weeks into the treatment at the time, you could already see some improvements. We’re not quite where we want to be yet I don’t think, but there’s still a couple of weeks to go yet so there’s room for more changes.

When I went to see the man who was in charge of taking casts for my splints, he told me that the ones that I will be getting for during the day time will be like some that I have had before. For some reason, I thought they were going to be different, but I must’ve got myself confused somewhere along the line. I think because I personally have always just called them ‘fixed AFOs’, the word ankle made me think that they were something I hadn’t tried before and now I feel a bit silly. Either way, I don’t mind having those again. All the posts where I said that I hadn’t had them before have now been edited so that they no longer say that and I’m sorry for any confusion that this may have caused.

I’ll post pictures when they arrive rather than trying to explain them all. I thought I might have some already, but I spent a lot of time where them under my jeans or trousers so I don’t actually have a photo where they are visible. Sorry about that.

I was allowed to choose what colour I wanted, and usually I’d go for something bright and bold but this time I thought I go for black, just for a change, and I can jazz them up with stickers or something if I fancy a bit of a change at some point.

The night splints that I’ll be getting (which I think are called resting spring splints,) will be made from the same cast too. I don’t think that I’d had this kind of thing before, but I guess I really won’t know what they are until they turn up. It might be something that I have used in the past bit with a different name to what I’m used to using so I’ll let you know.

Then I went and had more pots put back on my feet. It will take about two weeks for the splints to arrive so they will stay on until I go in and get them fitted, all being well.

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8 thoughts on “Let’s have a catch up

  1. glad everything went well for you…. Hope it didn’t feel to bad when the casts came off!
    I jazz my afos up with stickers, my left afo is purple, and that has a black union jack sticker on it with ‘born this way’ (yes I am a massive lady gaga fan!!) and my right is black with a purple union jack sticker and the same lettering, if you go to https://healthunlocked.com/livingpositively and look for posts by niceboots, they are my profile pic.

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      1. thanks!! I’ve had that design on for a while, and the left is now looking a bit ropey, so time for a change on that one!
        That’s good to hear….

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  2. I’ve had my left splint well over a year and my right over 6 months and not had to be re-cast…. although I have not had any problems, and I have not had any reviews or anything. They don’t seem to monitor things as much as when I was younger.

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    1. As os you just get a new one as you need one rather than getting a pair done at once? At least you’re not having any problems.

      I couldn’t believe how fast the casting was the other day, it always seemed to take ages when I was a kid, but I know now that it doesn’t really. For me anyway.

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      1. I had a long time without afos (from 18 to 26) then when I started wearing one on just my left leg, which is my more affected side, then decided to get one for my right after trying a few alternatives first, like a short splint that wrapped around my foot.
        I thought that when I had my first one done!! The second was even quicker, and I had a few problems with that when the splint was first fitted, it had to be adjusted a few times.

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      2. Ahh okay, I see. I hope the problems have all calmed down now.

        I had a bit of a gap with splints too but I’ve worn them on and off for most of my life. I nearly always end up needing ajustments (or a new pair) because in the past they’ve always blistered after a few months as I got older. Hopefully now that we’re doing serial casting first though, they’re hoping it won’t happen this time.

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