– Forgot the gait!
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Later my daughter also developped viral pneumonitis and then few pustules . . . In between my wife had miscarriage . . .
By god's grace, the bad time got over.
The interesting thing which I would like to narrate to all of you is my suffering with ankle sprain.
On a wednesday evening as I came home for a tea, I found my daughter playing with security and other people. I thought of spending some time with her. To encourage her and to give her the glimpse of tricks of football, I was trying to push the ball. She was enjoying that . . . Suddenly my left ankle inverted! I had sprain of the lateral ligament of the left ankle. It was a killing pain for few minutes.
As I was walking back, my security was suggesting in to walk with jerk (JHAAR KE). I knew the childhood technique, but the pain was too bad to do that.
I had already taken almost a week off from the operation theatre due to conjunctivitis. It was against my personal ethics and habit to stop working. More over I had a sense of guilt.
Also the pain was tolerable after the crepe bandage. So I went to the clinic. But by the end of the clinic, the pain was so severe that I needed help to walk back to my car! While on my way back home, I called my wife to the ground floor to help me reach home. By the time I was on my bed, I had severe intolerable pain. Usually I avoid medicines till it can be. But now I could not. My nephew brought some Brufen. But I did not take alcohol! I did not want to give a double dose to my kidney.
Next day I went to get the X- Rays. No bony injury. Orthopedician said that the pain will take 6 weeks!
I cant afford 6 weeks of bed rest!
Earlier in 2003 I had ligament sprain of the lateral ligament of the left wrist. While trying to take a sudden right cut with my 2 wheeler while coming out of the two wheeler stand of the Apollo Hospital, I had the sprain. Though the severe pain subsided within few days, I used to get sudden cruciating pain for 6 months. Those days I was posted in general surgery where for abdominal surgeries I had to hold the retractors and pull them . . . I used to be afraid and so cautious about direction of the pull . . . Luckily I could manage those days without any professional compromise. I was afraid how is it going to be this time.
I took 3 days rest at home. But I was feeling bad for my unit and my boss. I cant take leave like this. I called my boss that I can join the duty! He welcomed me unwillingly.
I used to tie crepe bandage on the left ankle. It was uncomfortable to walk with that. Daily I used to change the style of tying the crepe bandage and walking . . . Over few days I found out the most comfortable way of applying the crepe bandage. Slowly the original pain subsided . . . and new pain started in the heel! Because of hypoperfusion caused by the tight strangulating crepe bandage? Then on the lateral aspect of the foot! I tried to walk without the crepe bandage which I felt better. Pain was there, daily in new location! Lastly settled in the lateral aspect of the foot - which was not the location of the original pain anyway.
Unknowingly my foot was taking a new posture every day!
Slowly I percieved that the pain at the lateral aspect of the foot is gone and other places have apeared! Patiently I kept walking carefully . . . my foot changing the posture daily . . . every moment. On and off I took medicine but that I did only too late.
As pain came down further and I was able to stand on my foot, I was surprised to note that I did not know that which part of foot should touch the ground! I was making effort to make myself comfortable by comparing my stance on right foot. Even the pain was not fully over, it was still there - even after 6 weeks! Up to the level of discomfort. But its not limiting my activities. Probably I had to continue my job specilay because I had joined new unit only recently. Or I cant afford to alow the pain to limit me. Luckily workload was also less. After a long time we had a long surgery and I could stand for 8 hours.
But while walking, I need to recollect how to walk! Which side of foot should touch the ground first? Which side of foot I need to put my weight the maximum? Which side of the foot should push the ground to take off?
All these are taught in gait and stance. But when I suffered personaly, I forgot the stance! I had to do research on myself to make myself comfortable.
Just like that.
Thought you people may find it interesting.
First half of October 2010 had been very trying for me. First my 2 and half year old daughter brought home the eye infection from her school and spreaded to every one including me and my wife. Then I got ankle sprain.