PT: Week Three


Just got home from PT. I go again tomorrow. Thank goodness it's only about five blocks away. Because that's about how much driving I can handle.

Yesterday I had to see the doctor and go about five miles to the vet to pick up something for the dogs. Kay came willing to drive. But I was feeling good and wanted to try it. 

Five miles must be my limit. Because after that it hurt so much I just pulled over and said I'm done. I can't drive anymore. And that's with a thick boot on.

Every time this happens, something in me just plummets. I'm in pain then and it's really hard to walk. And my independence takes a real hit.

I've lost the joint where your foot ends and your leg begins. It managed to adhere itself to a bone and fused itself there. So I have little range of motion to push gas and brake pedals. 

I really wish I lived some place where I didn't even need a car. I don't care if I have a car or not. But where I live, nothing is close by. Which is why I order everything I can online. 


What sounds good to me is a little town where I lived within blocks of everywhere I needed to go. I'd sell this car in a heartbeat. The car insurance is expensive. Owning a car is just downright expensive. 

Some people are lost without a car in their driveway. I've had so many people tell me that. A car to me is just a way to get from Point A to Point B. Aside from that, it's just a liability. 

So I'm doing well in so many areas, except for driving. And I don't know if that is going to get better or not. You can't replace a joint. You can't grow it back.

Would you be able to get by without a car if you had really good local transportation? Or are you the type person that would feel trapped if you couldn't see that mode of transportation sitting in your garage or driveway?

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  1. danke für die tollen inspirationen, eine schöne woche wünscht angie

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  2. I hope the PT can help. They can show you how to do things around your disability. And if I wasn't 15 miles from the nearest town, I would gladly do without a car.

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    1. Even if I was just a mile, I wouldn't be able to walk it. Even if it was just four blocks. Sure hope that changes.

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  3. Bless your heart!! I would gladly run errands for you if I could!
    Keep those spirits up!

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    1. I may have to start paying someone to do my errands, or drive me.

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  4. So sorry, Brenda. Pain can take us down quicker than anything. Hoping the PT brings healing and peace to you.

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    1. Chronic pain can sure wear you down. But then there's always things to be thankful that you do have, and I am.

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  5. can you make due with an occasional taxi service instead of driving seeing as you order mostly on line? Have you seen the scooters that a person can use where you just have one leg in a kneeling position - on it and it wheels here is a link to the kind I mean - hard to picture without seeing it. http://www.amazon.com/Isokinetics-Inc-Brand-Walker-Scooter/dp/B00J4Z4RE2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1418165950&sr=8-4&keywords=knee+walkers

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    1. I was on that scooter right after surgery. But my doctor wanted me off of it after a couple of weeks.

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  6. Hi Brenda,
    A few years ago, I was the Third person going through a traffic light and was hit on the driver's side by a car going 50 mph or so. Took the front of the car off. I was told another ½ second, and I would have lost my legs, one more second, and I would have lost my life. Anyway, I didn't buy another car for 18 months. Husband drives to work, but then, I was working from home. I don't care a fig about the kind of car I drive. So, yes, if I lived in a self sufficient town, I could do without a car. Would rent one to go on long trips.
    :) m & jb

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    1. That's pretty scary. I've been in accidents, but not like that. Here in OK you no longer have to have your car inspected. You never know whether the other person has had their brakes checked in a while or anything.

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    2. There's no inspection laws here in IL either. Just emissions testing.

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  7. My sister has MS and doesn't drive but it doesn't stop her. Her community has a service that will take people who cannot drive to where ever they need to go in the town limits. Is there possible a service like that it your town? Here in NH there's an organization called Caregivers that takes people to appointments if they can't drive. There are services in most towns. Reach out to your town to find out.

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    1. The woman who handles transportation at the PT office said there wasn't anything available but a business if you had a smart phone, but you had to have an app on you to use it. She didn't seem to think there was anything else. My complex has a gate. Unless they'd come quite a ways in, I couldn't walk to the front to catch it. But I'm going to check to see what I can find. Too young for some services, too old for others.

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  8. I'm really hoping the PT can help. I don't know about not having a car but I must say when I was in Paris for 12 days I walked and rode the bus a few times and it was wonderful. Everything you needed was close by. It's urban sprawl that has us using those cars all the time.

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    1. Yes, it is indeed urban sprawl. Which makes us use gasoline. And then you don't know who's texting while they drive and won't even see you.

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    2. I was also in Paris for 11 days in Oct. and that experience is what I thought of, too. Buses, cabs and walking. But most cities require walking to get to transportation. I have lived in a small town but you needed a car for most things there, too. My friend has a fused joint and wears a brace all of the time, she has learned how to walk, drive and get around easily. I pray your therapy can get you to this point.

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    3. I will be getting a brace molded to my foot when the swelling goes down.

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  9. Bummer the foot is still hurting-I hope PT helps you! I love the freedom on having a car and being able to take off at any time-I also use my Volvo more as a truck to cart furniture around so for me it's a must. Hope the foot gets better!

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    1. Thanks. I would love the freedom of NOT having to have a car!

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  10. ... hang in there, Brenda. it's true that you can't regrow a joint, though you can have one replaced, but ten times worse when you have a fused together situation that has now become this joint for you. my heart fell with you when you spoke of how it all comes crashing in when you hit your limit, the pain takes over. i know it's difficult to see the progress you're making as anything close to wonderful, considering the range of motion that is going to be lost to you forever. this is a grieving and healing process, a grieving and then healing some process. i wish your community had a local taxi service, as our small towns do around here ... well some small towns do ... taxi services and vans that run between a close-knit three-county area, making it easier for adults who have lost their driving options for good, and/or are recovering and out for some sort of count. i am rooting for you and hope that your creature comfort pups, your warm surroundings and your solid friendship with Kay will help these winter months (and the continued cycle of grieving/healing/grieving/healing) pass more easily for you, and in the springtime, you'll be more mobile, further down the line from all this pain, more near to the gain and what the new normal is really going to be like. hang.in.there. hold on super tight to all that makes your heart sing.

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    1. You're so kind. I am a homebody, so don't even like to go out much. Only when I have to.

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  11. Good luck with your PT. What a sweet kitchen!

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    1. That kitchen is put together with contact paper, paint and finds!

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  12. I hope your pt continues to help you improve and get more mobility. I like having a car...I like the independence of knowing I can go somewhere when I want to. And sometimes, I just like to go for a ride in the countryside. Take care of yourself. Hugs, Diane

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    1. I use to enjoy driving out into the countryside. But seems that was long ago.

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  13. I hate cars and driving, yes I would do okay without a car. I have good feet, I can walk to the grocery store (3 of them) and to my doctors. My girlfriend doesn't have a car and she has done great, she has lots of friends and drivers. I see her once a week and when she needs something she calls me. I take her to the doctors. At one time she did use a car service for the elderly. Did you ever figure out the cost of a taxi or a car service for elderly ( know you are a young person)? When I was in Europe or in NY public transportation was so so easy but here in the midwest, forget about it.

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    1. I have been checking. But I'm not on Medicaid, which takes me out of some services. I haven't checked taxi prices yet. Others I checked I you have to fill out an application to see if you are eligible. Would have to talk to my doctor too I believe. They do all cost of course, except the ones for Medicaid.

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  14. I think I would feel trapped, Brenda. Mostly because I am so interactive with the grandkids and do a lot of running for working parents. I love it. I can't imagine not being able to drive. I am designated driver for many of my friends and my husband -he hates to drive and so do several friends. I am the only person my son will let drive with his little boy in the car because I am such a careful driver.

    However, it sounds like living close in to walking distance would be good for you! xo Diana

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    1. My friend Kay has been great in helping me, but she lives in the next town.

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  15. No you can't grow a joint back. But there are many modifications that can be made to your car that can make driving possible for you. Your doctor needs to refer you to an occupational therapist who will help determine how best to help you. Moss Rehab has a unique program, the Moss Rehab Driving School, that creates vehicle modifications for a wide range of physical impairments. Check out their site. An Occupational Therapist in your area might be able to help you
    with your car.

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  16. Well, you certainly know my answer to that question! LOL I felt a panic attack if I don't have a car in the drive way. I feel the same way about my sewing machine (that's why I have more than one). I like to drive and go whenever I want but then - - - you know all that! Keep up the PT

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    1. All I can say is: It's nice to have that luxury!

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  17. Not having a car isn't a possibility where we live either because we're not in walking distance of anything except a Walgreens. I feel trapped when I don't have a car, too. I'm too independent and like to be able to pick up and take off whenever I want - and to go wherever I want. Even if I lived in an area where I could walk to shops, I'd like to have a car to go to whatever doctor or health care facility I wanted, and to visit friends and family.

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    1. I would be quite fine if I never sat in a car again
      Riding or driving
      Just burnt out on the whole car thing
      Seems like lots of money just down the drain

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    2. I agree. All that money and I can't hardly even use the darn thing.

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  18. Brenda, I know that your leg will be much better with time, as time does tend to mend most things. But, in the meantime, get the very best that you can from your physical therapy - that's where the magic happens.

    I've been reading some of the comments above and I feel like I'm totally out of the loop! I don't drive here, in Greece, (you wouldn't either when most mopeds nonchalantly carry entire families on them...talk about car pooling, more like drowning!), and even though the village is only about twenty minutes from the city centre, you need to drive through mountains and valleys and yes, even some cliffs to get there; all very dramatic, but sometimes, a little dangerous, since many Greeks don't abide by the rules of the road, and coming from Canada, where good road manners are de rigueur, road rage, especially at airplane altitudes, is just too scary a thought!

    In addition, there are only three buses to the city each day and the last one coming back is at 2:30pm. I don't mind the bus, but the schedule is the problem, since I cannot plan anything for the evenings, unless my husband is in town doing business. I really miss singing in the choir, and having dinner with friends, or going to the movies. I've also noticed that I've become lazier about making the trek into the city, which isn't such a bad thing in the summer, as I do a lot of swimming and gardening, etc., but the winters can be tricky when cabin fever hits. Thank goodness for my blogging buddies who are only a click away!!

    Rest. Bake. Eat. Nap. Blog. Smile! :D
    Have a whimsical Wednesday, my friend!

    Poppy

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    1. I never go out at night, so that isn't a problem. I am pretty night-blind driving and I don't like to go out in the day, much less the night!

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  19. I don't like to drive, but I like public transportation less than driving. I live in the city, but it is as a big as the state of Rhode Island. I also live in walkable neighborhood, but there are quite a bit crazies. When I was in Italy, I didn't miss driving. I walked and walked, but my hip ached up and down the mountain. When I returned, I figured I would try to walk more here, but the first day we were bothered by someone. So I guess we will stick to hiking, because my daughter won't walk with me in the city. If anyone had any sort of disability it would be so difficult to get around. They make cars that can be driven by hands, but I cannot imagine the cost of that. (probably not worth it unless one enjoys driving.) Chronic pain is the worse! xoxo

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    1. I don't know what the expense would be, and my car is not getting any younger!

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  22. I live 50 miles one way from grocery stores, doctors,etc. Five miles from our tiny store and gas station. I just hop in the car, make up my mind I have to do this and go. It helps if I wake up in a good mood. The time, car maintenance, it`s a pain. I do what I have to do. When my husband was here it was easier. My son lives in a quaint little town about 40 mintues from Grand Canyon. Everything I need is in walking distance. It will likely be next Fall when I make the move. I hope your healing goes well.

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    1. Sounds wonderful, going to live near your son. I love the sound of a quaint town!

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  23. Hi Brenda, I drive very little and only when I have appts meet up with friends for a day out or of course going to the art shops. Other then this, I could do without a car. Most of the time, when my hubby is home, he always offers to drive me.
    The closet shopping is 1 mile away but on a heavily traveled road so walking would be too dangerous. In fact, when my hubby finally retires, I hope to go down to just one car. No need for two really and it will save a bunch.

    I hope in time your foot improves and even without a joint, will get stronger for driving. I just think it takes time for that whole area to heal enough to take the stress of pushing on the gas pedal and brakes. Try not to get discouraged.
    Keeping you in prayers.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs
    p.s. looks like a couple spam comments above Cathy's comment.

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    1. I know. Got rid of the spam comments. Thanks.

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  24. Hi Brenda! Good luck with your PT. I hope it will help you feel better soon. I have to have a car. I don't live close enough to any stores to walk. I do love walking. I walk three miles a day, but the stores are much further away. I also
    want to say thank you for always leaving me comments that cheer me up right away!! January makes 5 years of
    blogging and you always lift my spirits. (never thought I would last this long)

    Kathy

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    1. Five years should get you an award! I love your blog and love commenting on it. I miss being able to take walks.

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  25. I've been driving since I was 16, and have always lived where I needed a car to do things, especially now. In a few minutes I'll be driving 35 minutes one way to take a Pilates class. Never thought I'd be doing that, but the alternative would be to become isolated. I would like to live somewhere where I could walk to almost everything though I would still want a car, I enjoy driving and the freedom it brings,

    You've received some great advice about possible alternatives to driving, or ways to make driving easier. I hope you look into them so you can make the most of the situation. So sorry you're in pain Brenda. Keep going and things will get better.

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    1. I would love the idea of living in an isolated place, but during my younger years! Guess I couldn't do that now.

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  26. My grandma just turned 102. She can tell stories of going places in a horse-drawn wagon when she was a child. But she wouldn't want to go back to those days. She loved being able to drive, and didn't quit until she was in her 90s, when her eyesight began to fail. Now she depends on her family members to drive her places, which she hates. She is a rather mod grandma and loves technology. When someone visits who has a smart phone or an Ipad, she is always telling them to look something up for her!


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    1. I was just thinking this morning: If I had a horse-drawn wagon, I wouldn't have to push any pedals!

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  27. Oh I am so sorry that it hurt that badly after 5 miles, ugh ! :(

    There's some sort of local transportation service around here...between 3 little towns or so for people that do not or can not drive, but I don't know if they make appointments for pickup or if it runs on regular times or what. These are small shuttle type buses, not large ones.

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    1. I'm checking into all possible considerations in this city. But right now I need someone who could actually go into the store with me, for I can't navigate walking long enough to get much done.

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  28. Oh Brenda, I hope it keeps healing and eventually you can drive without pain. I know from my previous surgeries, sometimes it may take a year to completely heal, so I am praying for a miracle for your ankle/foot.We live in the country so a car is very necessary, even though the expense, as you said, is great. We drive almost 20 miles just to get a gallon of milk, but we love it here, it is quiet and nearly every night we watch deer in our front yard.

    My friend who can not drive often takes the Maps bus, she just calls a day ahead and the driver picks her up and takes her where she wants. It is a service for our rural communities and the fee is only $2 per trip. The bus driver even carries her groceries into her home. Sometimes she has to wait as he makes other stops to pick up other people, but she says the conversations and friendliness are always worth the little extra wait. Merry Christmas! xxDazee

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    1. Wow! I've been checking pricing. And $2 is really cheap.

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  29. I learned to drive with a stick shift so you brake with the left foot, which is a habit I still use even though a stick shift car is long in the past. Being a two-footed driver is really pretty nifty as your reaction time is a tiny bit faster. A car is essential living in Los Angeles as our public transport is improving, but still lacking. If you are going downtown you have many ways to get there, but other destinations not so much. Give being a two- footed driver some consideration; it may be a bit awkward at first, but it can work.

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    1. I still could not push the gas with my right foot right now. I would have to drive with only a left foot, which would be terribly awkward and probably not too feasible.

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  30. Hi Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about you leg problem. I do hope that you feel better soon with the therapy. Thankfully I live in an area that if I want milk or eggs I can take a ten minute walk to pick up things. I do not like driving and only drive when I have to! I could get by without a car and enjoy walking when the weather permits! Take care of yourself and be well.
    Julie

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    1. I'd feel better if I could get things close by that I need regularly. But it just isn't here.

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  31. You probably have looked into Tulsa Transit's The Lift Program. In case you didn't, it's a door to door van service for people who qualify under the ADA. Door to door! How wonderful would that be! Even if you live outside of their service area exceptions can be made. Sounds like just the thing.

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  32. I had fractures of that same joint but not where it is fused. My foot doesn't bend like the other. But it has been many years ago. Hopefully with some time and PT it will help a little at least. I have been without a car for two days since I had a light come on. My car is in the shop. I've always thought it would be nice to live where you could walk everywhere......not miles.......just small walks. We have some sort of transportation here. You have to call 24 hours ahead. Not sure of the cost. I would look into that . The PT person may not know about some services. I think if you had something like that you could get rid of your car. I know you like to stay home. If you could some kind of service for doctor's appointments and groceries, you would be all set.
    When I was coming home Sunday a car in front of me suddenly stopped. Good thing I was several car lengths behind as I had to give the brakes all I had in me to avoid hitting the car. It was close. Then Monday when I was out I went to change lanes and someone at the same time someone at the stop sign decided to pull into that lane. Braked again and that was close as the person didn't even try to stop. Not sure who would have been liable there. Those two incidents may have killed my brakes. I honestly feel when I think I am not safe on the road, I will give up driving and not regret it. My advice for you would be keep searching for some kind of transportation, tell the PT person how hard it is and see if she can help, or get a spell caster. HUGS

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  33. I would love to live in a place that had small shops within walking distance. I have a mall within walking distance of my house, but don't like malls any more and the heavy traffic makes it impossible to walk there if I did like going. I think it would be freedom not to be dependent on a car and you're right, cars are expensive. That extra money per month, would be great to have.

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    1. Even if I could drive to a place, then I have difficulty walking in it, which has been ongoing for two and a half years. I wonder if that would be considered disabled?

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  34. I don't have a car....my husband takes it to work. If I need it I can take him to work.....at first I felt kind of trapped, but like you, I shop online...my RA is just too much for regular shopping jaunts most days. Brenda, I have followed you from the beginning, is this all from the accident in your garden with your foot? I am so sorry....pain is not fun....period!

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    1. Yes, it's all from that accident July 9, 2012 where I fell while going out in the back yard to take a pic of the first morning glory bloom. Hard to believe, huh?

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  35. I was going to suggest looking into a vehicle with hand controls. I noticed that someone suggested getting your car modified. Check to see if you could qualify for assistance with that type of vehicle.

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  36. I could not do without my vehicle even if there was some sort of mass transit in the little town where I live. I think about waiting at the designated pickup areas in all kinds of weather, lugging home several packages and things like 35 lb. containers of kitty litter, etc. My vehicle is definitely not a status vehicle - just a 10 year old Honda with 130,000 miles. Each time it goes in the shop, I love and appreciate it more. I drive most days even if it's only to the gym, library or grocery store. Then each week, I also go to my daughter's home (110 miles round trip) plus many of my friends live out of town and any of my doctors are also out of town. Driving is something I just take for granted until I have a problem with my vehicle and then I realize how dependent I am on that vehicle. I drive a manual transmission but do not drive live the commenter above who used left foot for the brake. I use left foot for the clutch and right foot for brake and gas. Hope PT is able to get you to the point where you can drive without pain. It gives you much freedom and flexibility.

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    1. I just want to be independent enough where I could run errands one day a week or so.

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  37. Brenda.....I haven't read all the comments so I don't know if this has been mentioned but you may be able to get your gas pedal modified to use your other foot. My father in law only has his left leg and has gotten his pedal modified so he can drive. Also have you applied for a handicaped licenses plate? That is also so very helpful with having to walk too far...saves on the wear and tear of your foot. Good luck with your therapy....hope it gets you to a point where you have no or minimal pain.

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    1. I need to talk to my doctor about both. No, I haven't applied for a handicapped license. Kept thinking it was going to get better and I wouldn't need it.

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  38. Contact a social services organization in your area. You may be able to get information. There are county services for people with disabilities. You have a disability now. The departments on disabilities and on aging will have information on services. Some are very, very low fee. Some may be on a sliding scale. You may also qualify for meals on wheels.
    Your vet may give a discount for seniors that may help with the dog bills. There are programs that will help you get your
    car fitted with hand levers for gas and brakes. There are agencies in the disability area whose goal is to keep people independent. They will evaluate your limitations and suggest adaptations. My son is a lawyer and uses a manual wheelchair. All four limbs are involved in his condition. He went through such a program. They taught him to drive, evaluated his abilities making sure he is safe to drive and made adaptation suggestions. He is totally on his own, working every day. He drives a two door car with a roomy back seat and uses a titanium light weight wheel chair whose wheels come off. He leans against a door, takes the wheels off, throws them in the back seat and is off. He is only 31. He can not walk. I know you will work hard to find the local agencies that can help you get through this huge change in your mobility. It is a huge emotional as well as physical challenge. I know everyone who reads your blog are sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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    1. Wow, I commend your son on figuring out to do what he wants and needs to with his disability. I don't know if I'm considered disabled or not. I would have to get a declaration from a doctor.

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    2. I also live out of town..I don't go as much as I used to but I do want that car sitting in the driveway if I get the urge to go..Also I am not fussy about what kind of vehicle I have..something second-hand cheap with low insurance cost works for me..

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    3. There is no cheap insurance in OK. Highest insurance rates in the country for cars.

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  39. Brenda, I haven't had time to read all the earlier comments, so forgive me if this is repetition. Have you considered one of those giant adult tricycles? That might work for you for quick trips except in the worst of weather.

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    1. I've never heard of them. But I live in a big city. And a city considered the most dangerous in the nation by a recent survey. Don't know if I want to be that vulnerable.

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  40. This may have been mentioned in earlier comments, but have you considered hand controls? My mom had MS, and she was able to learn how to drive with them. It's not difficult - I tried it when it was in her car. I don't believe that she paid for them...insurance may cover, or certain organizations may donate them. As for me, I lived for many years in NYC without a car. But, after a certain amount of time, I really needed to escape the city easily, so we got a car. Now, although I would love to live in a place that I could walk to everything I needed, I'd still want a car to get me to other places.

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  41. My Grandparents lived in London and never owned a car. When we visited, we never even missed a car because of the great public transportation there. When I was little, and my hometown was small, we rode the bus or our bikes everywhere. My parents only had 1 car and my Dad worked 2 jobs.

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  42. That is really a shame about your joint Brenda. Ordering online I'm sure is a life saver for you but there are those times that one just HAS to drive unfortunately. Other than hand controls which would be an expensive option you definitely are going to need some help from a friend or a paid person to get around if your foot doesn't improve. As for me I would LOVE to live so close to facilities to be able to walk but I don't see that in the cards. So for the time being my car is my independence as I get cabin fever once or twice a week and have to get out.

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  43. It's actually in your favor that you enjoy staying close to home. Driving seems to be only part of the problem. Even if you had access to public transportation that would be even harder. You have to move along so fast to get on and off the subways, trains and climbing on a bus would be difficult too. It can be quite a hike to the subway then you have to make transfers. Ideally would be if your town offers shuttle service. We live in a township that offers terrific services. The pain has to be very draining.

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  44. Brenda...I really feel so bad because most of the time I think I know you so well, but I never knew you had such a physically hard time with your foot/leg driving. I really could imagine you living in a quaint small town, just coming and going from a small grocery, hardware store, drugstore, deli, bakery...I've seen so many with my hubby as we travel and enjoy small town with quintessential Main Streets. I would love to live on a tree limed street a block away from this scenario.

    Most of my stores are just a bus ride away if I chose to not have a car, I could also use hubby's car in the evening if I wanted, I guess. As it is, I put very little mileage on my "smaller" SUV, most comes from using it driving it to and from the lake (100 miles one way, and almost every weekend in the summer). Seriously though, I can fill the gas tank up when I'm just doing my local errand stuff and it will last me a month!! Really! Not a lot of distance and I really don't have a lot to do! Just my reality in the cty I guess.

    Hang in there.

    Jane xxx

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  45. We have been hearing a lot about Uber taking over the need to have a car. My daughter had her car towed when she lived in San Francisco and it ended up costing her $700 because she didn't realize it had been towed for 3 days. She used public transport more than she used her car. The articles we have read say that young people don't want to spend their hard earned money on car payments, insurance, gas and upkeep when they can just use and app and have a car at their side quickly.

    We can walk/cycle to the grocery store and we have taken to doing long walks into our downtown for Christmas shopping - 6 miles round trip. But, we really need a car to transport Steve's artwork for shows and for big shopping trips.

    Hope you are doing better after PT.

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  46. Uber.com

    Perhaps?

    Hoping PT resolves much. At least more than expected.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

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  47. If you ever move or relocate there are senior communities that provide transportation to shopping centers,etc. It is part of the amenities of the community. I know you are not moving so I guess in the meantime if you get yourself handicap qualified you might be elegible for more services. I know medicaid will drive you to doctor appointments, etc. I know you do not go to church, but there are many church-sponsored volunteers who drive folks as well. You could also look into that. Good luck with all this and I hope your foot heals up eventually and gives you less pain. My son did a number on his leg, he is 33 and in robust health, and it took several months for him to get back to normal. Bone healing is the slowest, so chances are you will be better in the future, but it takes time and patience. Good for you for having perseverance!

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  48. I'm so sorry you are still dealing with so much pain when driving, Brenda. It's horrible to lose some independence, and you don't realize how much you appreciate something until you no longer have it. My daughter is disabled and has no movement in her ankle joints (hers were surgically locked in place, because she didn't have the muscles in her ankles to lift her feet, causing her to fall a lot), but somehow she manages to drive. Rather than flex her ankle to push the pedals, she moves her whole foot/leg, if that makes sense. I feel so guilty when I catch myself whining about something like a headache, because she's dealt with pain her entire life, to a degree I can't even imagine. My heart goes out to you dealing with your pain. I hope somehow it will improve with time.

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  49. Would an ankle replacement be something to consider? I broke my ankle and down into foot many years ago. My orthopedist said the best surgeon for this is in Md. I am waiting as long as I can. Hope you have a better day soon.

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