- Sep 12, 2005
Put his braces on in his room, and he never made it any issue.
Oh man...do I remember my steel and leather braces. I hated them. I would start out after a surgery in a hip brace that had a wool-lined leather strap about 6" wide that would wrap around my thigh and two straps with leather belts would buckle that down tight. the bottom of the braces locked into slots in the clunky custom made Stride Rite brand orthopedic shoes I had to wear.
I would progress to a knee brace as my leg got stronger and the surgery work healed up. Usually it was 9 weeks in a cast...first hip, then a couple of knee casts as these were changed every 3 or 4 weeks. Young lads destroy plaster! LOL! Then the hip brace and then the knee brace. I'm guessing here, but total time in casts and braces was probably around 4 months. Lots of wheel chair time and crutches were involved...
When I got older the braces were not used. Straight home from surgery in a cast and crutches.
All of that stl they could do by then. My growth was 95% done and the damage done by Polio was as corrected as it could be...mainly foot/ankle geometry. Thanks to the docs I was able to walk and kinda sorta run. Thanks to my mother and father I always had a decent Schwinn bicycle and man did I like riding. Riding minimized my disability...although I really don't like even calling it that. Like your dad, it was never an issue. Just something to find a way to work around it.
That's why I'm much more...admiring?...of people that had the really serious setbacks in life. I was lucky and just got a taste of what a kick in the teeth feels like.
After 30 years of chasing men wearing lycra on bikes, I said, "how long has this co-ed underwear stretching party been going on, and why has nobody ever told me about it, until now." Suffice it to say, that I used my time wisely.
LMAO! My wife does yoga and she keeps trying to get me go with her. I tell her that working out with boner might be a little embarrassing, but if she's OK with it...
Still glad to be back riding.