Just got back from my second follow-up visit with my surgeon. He said when he saw my name on the schedule, he couldn’t wait to see me. The osteochondral allograft is healing nicely and everything looks terrific. As of right now I’m still on crutches, but he said I can start putting light weight on the left leg. Toe-touch, basically. But even that will help. It’s so awkward and hard to balance, trying to get around with your foot held up in front of you. So I’m just going to experiment with it, see what feels right. It’s not going to happen overnight, and I’ve got some atrophy.
He gave me a neoprene support sleeve to put over it when I’m going to be walking:
So that’s supposed to help. Feels pretty good, and it’s a lot quicker and easier to put on than an Ace bandage.
I go back in another month to see what happens next. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing physical therapy once a week. Last week in PT I bent it to 108 degrees, and the stationary bike was a lot easier.
Still very tired, pretty much all the time. Trying not to get discouraged. It’s going to be a long while before all this is behind me, but I’m over halfway there.