(Excuse the wrinkles -
I actually wore the
shirt tucked into a skirt
I went without it. Carefully, but coolly!
And then for dinner I kind of forgot it. And for church the next day I definitely left it home on purpose. I'm just over it!
Now, this is the only point on which I have strayed from doctor's orders, so I think I'm probably not doing irreversible damage: especially since my doctor said, "Four to six weeks". I made it to four and a half weeks with the brace, so technically I'm ok. Lower end of the estimate, but probably no big deal.
And when I look at protocols for the same surgery at other facilities or with other doctors, I can't find any that recommend the brace for longer than five weeks at the absolute max. Most say 3 weeks. So I gave myself permission to ditch the brace.
And I'm posting this info over a week later because no way was I posting that I got rid of the brace, only to feel worse and worse as time went by! Instead I've been feeling better and better, so I am OK with publicizing my disobedience to orders.
Looking at the picture I just took braceless (with my handy phone camera timer app I just downloaded), I notice that I'm in my typical left-leg-not-engaged stance. I'm trying, guys, but I have to undo months, if not years, of poor posture, stance,and gait!