Do you remember the Oldsmobile commercials from the eighties? That's how I am starting to feel about my brain.
I have been practicing walking without a walker in physical therapy. The last time I tried it was before my knee was replaced in November 2014. I favored one knee very strongly and I tried to walk like I always had. I wasn't too successful.
This time it is different. Nothing hurts, so the only times I limp are when I do so out of habit. We are trying to use neuroplasticity, the ability to build new nerve trackways to do old tasks. When I think "knee up" with every step, I am walking a new way. Almost "on a new part of my brain." I'm not limping. I told my husband that this kind of walking was so strange that it felt "fake." He said that he is not surprised. I'm not walking automatically, like I have for 48 years. It feels fake now until the new skills become habits. Well. I didn't expect this but it makes sense to me.