Just call me Peg-Leg

pegleg chickenToday while zooming around the interior of the largely vacant Frisco Station Mall, I pondered the bounciness of my gait.

Mall walking.

Omigod.

I know.

Who’da thought?

Zooming might be an exaggeration, I actually sort of lurch like a person with a wooden leg which is slightly longer than the real one.

The issue: my left knee and ankle don’t bend as much as they ought to when I take a step – the result: a pirate-like lurch.

My left leg is much like Fred Flintstone’s car, a lot of work goes into getting it moving.

Consciously considering each step is tiresome enough without breaking each one down into: hip, knee, ankle, heel, and toe.

Other than maybe humming, I cannot integrate other activity when I walk pretty.

If I try to talk while walking either the conversation or gait suffers.

I could go back to physical therapy to improve my gait but the thought alone exhausts me. I’d be battling muscle-memory from the past five years. I’m confident my gait will improve with time and conscious practice.

Best thing I can do is keep on walking pretty.

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About Vic Cobb Fountain

Empowered Stroke survivor: appreciating where I've been, anticipating where I'm going.
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4 Responses to Just call me Peg-Leg

  1. Linda says:

    First.. you are a braver woman than me if you are mall walking! I either wind up wanting to spend money or I get only a few feet before I find someone I know who wants to talk to me.

    I do want to say that my previously cruddy gait has gotten me in a lot of trouble for my “good” right knee and hip. I am actually walking OK for the most part now but I have done a lot of damage to
    my right and it is not boding well for the future. You be careful while you are walking pretty!

  2. Marta Szwaya says:

    Iam not a mall walker, I too would be shopping instead of focusing on my gait. I have not been able to give up my cane yet, living in Chicago where we have ridiculously cold weather too often for year round walking; I’m limited. today I came to work and forgot the cane at home. So I am hobbling around caneless today which is cramping my speed. Neither my knee nor ankle work right yet. My knee starts to bend as I step forward which is a sizable iprovement over my former stiff legged gait. Having seen my improvement to date. I believe and expect my gait to continue to improve with more time and practice; I too cannot multi task while walking although my neuro- muscular massage therapist says the ability will come back over time. The one worry I have is that I’ll never be able to run again and crouching is out of the question; but that could just be age. Marta

  3. I love your vivid visual analogies. Since my stroke I shop in the middle of a week day to avoid the crowds. It is amazing how many people do not watch where they are going. Stroke survivors are not the only people who have trouble multi-tasking.

  4. Marta Szwaya says:

    I just hosted a dinner for eight and made a yummy paella. The guests were my husbands cousins who were surprised how normal I seemed after having had a stroke; of course that illusion was shattered when I walked. I work every day at the business I own, so mostly my life seems pretty normal to me. Of course I cannot chop things so need help when I cook something, and I miss being totally independent and nonchalance, but it could be so much worse, I feel lucky to be somewhat impaired,and I have confidence that I’ll continue to heal, but it takes so damn long. M

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