I have a story for you. Last May I fell at home in kind of a freak accident, no fault of diabetes. I broke the tibial plateau on my right leg. A minimal compression. No surgery or pins needed, just eight weeks of no weight bearing on crutches. I went through the eight weeks on crutches, then weaned myself down to a cane, did about 20 sessions of physical therapy. I finally got back to being able to walk around the beginning of September. With all that, something in my knee was never quit right. I told the doctor about it but he said the fracture had healed and there was nothing structurally wrong with my knee. Okay. Well, on October 9th, I was walking from my car to the office headed in to work. My knee gave out from under me and down I went, hip first, on the black top. I cracked my femoral neck and spent four more months on crutches. I’ve been on a cane since the end of January. I did not have my hip replaced when I fell the second time because, again, it was a minimal fracture–just a crack that would heal on its own–no need for surgery. It was supposed to be another 8 weeks on crutches but it ended up being four months. The reason for the slow healing? Diabetes, of course!
I have some neuropathy too in my feet. I feel like it has gotten worse in my right foot with all thats happened on that side. I used to like to walk too. It was the best way for me to exercise and keep my circulation going. I plan to look into a treadmill so I can hold on while I walk. I’m scheduled to see a knee surgeon next Monday to see what’s still wrong in my knee. He better not tell me there’s nothing wrong because I have the broken hip to prove it. My hip is better, not 100 percent but there’s still healing going on. There is still something wrong in my knee because I still have pain and loss of full extension which never got resolved.
In all this time, I still worked except for five weeks in the fall from the broken hip. I had some simple exercises to do at home while sitting in a chair. It has been a long a difficult time. I can sympathize with you. I hope I NEVER have to be on crutches again.