Today I had an appointment at Colman Prosthetics and Orthotics. What a cool place! They do all kinds of prosthetics and orthotics and have a wall full of photos of elite athletes (both those with and without various limbs), including Calgary Flames and various Olympians. It was definitely a place that radiated positive energy and focussed on "ability", rather than lack of it.
I had my appointment and was fitted for the prescribed GII FX knee brace. I’ll start with one for the right leg and then, if necessary, get the left one later.
There are different parts to the brace and it was adjusted so that my knee cap is moved slightly towards the outside of my body.
OH -- MY -- GOD!
What a difference!
We’re talking IMMEDIATE pain relief! It was like there was nothing wrong with my knee at all. I thought, “God, I had forgotten what pain-free feels like.” I realized that I have simply become accustomed to (and yes… even in denial about….) the dull ache that is there all the time…
I walked down the hall. I ran up and down the stairs.
I immediately wanted to go outside and try it out on a run!
But alas, I am barred from running for the rest of the week, still… to give both my knees and my right shin a rest.
I asked when I should wear it and the fellow who worked more or less said to limit it to when I run, unless I really need it otherwise. I was half tempted to wear it around all day, just because it felt so damned good – despite its awkwardness.
I hope it’ll be temporary and that ultimately I’ll be able to do activity with my own two legs again, once they’re stronger.
But by George, I think we’ve found a good solution! At least for now.