iriponsnow - that story about your client is just awesome! I like your philosophy about winning every day - that's a good one. I am sure my boots need to be modified before I try the slopes...I just keep putting them on everyday to get a better idea of where the problems will be. Surprisingly, it doesn't seem to be the metal plate and screws that I can feel or that hurt - rather pressure on the lateral side of my ankle when I try to flex forward (which I guess is where the plate is, but it doesn't correlate exactly to the same spot).
Thanks to my awesome PT - I have great range of motion with really good dorsiflexion - I do still have that "pinch" sometimes, but walking on my heels helps resolve it.
Even though I've thanked him a million times, I don't think he will ever know how much I truly appreciate his help and expertise. I hope I can work with him for a few more sessions - I would love to have his help to get back in shape over the next few months, but I don't know how much he can justify for my specific injury. As an RN in the hospital, I get to help patients through a very specific time - but rarely get to see the final follow-up or results. I imagine it would be rewarding to see someone go from crutches, painful, and depressed to strong, walking, happy, and back to doing what they love (skiing!).
By next year, I plan to be a better skier than before my injury. I feel really positive now. So, to win today I'm going to take advantage of one of my last free days before work and go on a hike. I might not be able to enjoy the new powder on my mountain just yet - but at least I can be outside and hike up a hill or two - and for that, I'm grateful!