One of those dumb things; walking down the gravel lane to get my mail yesterday, slipped on a piece of large gravel (which I've always been afraid of doing and am very careful usually). Went down, ankle twisted, I heard the crack. Luckily I had my phone, called the boys who had just left, and they came right back, and called hubby who was getting ready for work that night, and he came running. They got me into the car and hubby took me to ER, where the xray showed my left ankle is indeed fractured. They said it was clean, put a temporary cast on it, and gave me orders to do nothing the rest of the weekend except elevate it, and take pain pills (thank you God for pain medication!). I'm learning the skill of maneuvering on crutches, a little bit. Managed to get myself to the bathroom by myself today. It hurts when I move it though, so lying still is preferable. Hubby has to go to work tonight, but hopefully boys can come help me even though they are at dad's this weekend. You don't think about how limited you are on crutches! If you're holding the crutches, you have no hands. I reckon I'll figure it out. Little things like bathing and heating up food in the microwave and getting to the trash can with trash.
Supposed to call the ortho doc Monday to find out what we do; either a plate and a cast, or just a cast. Either way, 4-6 weeks in a cast with crutches. Won't be able to use it at all. All the things on my list of things to do this month will have to be pared down or crossed off completely I know it's not important in the grand scheme, but I hate not being able to do things. And I've only just begun on this journey.....
Aw, Smiley, sorry to hear that! I pray you will have a quick and complete recovery.
It's going to be hard to sit back and not be doing and going with all the special things going on this time of year. I hope you don't have any close neighbors with inflatables that you'll have to stare at all day!
I know just what you're dealing with, as I broke my tib/fib a few years ago when I caught my foot awkwardly on second base. (At least I was safe!) It took a plate and several large screws to put it all together again, and I was completely off that leg for three weeks. Blessedly, I healed quickly and cleanly, and was already walking on it for a week or so before I went in to get the cast off, so I didn't need a walking boot or any physical therapy. I really hope you don't need the plates, and that you heal up quickly!
Athletic tape, a garbage bag, and a swivel stool will be invaluable for taking a shower, and if you can find a wheelchair to borrow for a bit, it's really helpful to keep the leg elevated and still move about the house. I managed to make lunch and do dishes wheeling about the kitchen in my office chair.
Thanks for the tips KG, trying to figure out how I'll handle basic chores. Son just left; he came over to get me ready for bed (hubby has to work tonight and left at 4). I must say, son is a better grocery store cashier than he is nurse But he did ok. When I asked him to get me a pair of clean underwear out of my drawer he said "gross". Even though he does a lot of the laundry around here! At least I didn't make him put the dirties in the laundry basket He got me fed, unwrapped and rewrapped the bandage, got my essentials close by. Hopefully I'll make it ok tonight. Tried not to drink too much this afternoon so I wouldn't have to get up tonight.
I understand exactly what you are going through. I had a similar situation, but was lucky that it was only a severe sprain of my right ankle. But it sure does still hurt when the weather gets really bad. I hope you get to feeling better soon. There is a group of orthopaedic surgeons here in Georgia under the name of Resurgeons Orthopaedics. If they have offices in your area I would highly recommend them
I do remember Gramps; your wonder dog saved you didn't he? That was amazing. Thankfully I had my phone in my pocket, the boys had just left and were just down the road, and Duane was in the house, so when I called them they were all there in a minute. If I hadn't had my phone I probably would have laid there a little while before someone saw me (I was fairly close to the road), and it was a nice day; I was actually wearing shorts. So I was lucky there.
Silly me, Windy told me about this and I went looking on the prayer boards of course, for it! Praying for you, girlfriend! Wish I were closer! I'd wait on you hand and foot (and ankle) as well as keep you up and moving at the same time, in a heartbeat!
I wish you were too girl! I'm hoping a friend can come over today and help me out; I hate asking for help. But Duane is working nights and is sleeping and I know I can holler in an emergency, but I hate to wake him to get me a cup of coffee. And I'm getting hungry! I could probably hobble around and manage something, but it really hurts to move it at all, and with the temporary cast I'm supposed to stay off it as much as possible. And not sure how I can carry a cup of coffee on crutches! Not real sure of myself there yet. Just texted boys' dad to see if Ben can come over for a while; we'll see how that goes.
So far I haven't minded lying around all weekend, although it's killing me to not be able to do what was on my list of things to do this weekend. Between the computer, TV, books, phone and cross-stitching, I'm pretty occupied, although my butt is getting sore from too much sitting. Keeping my foot up high as instructed, with the occasional ice bag. My neighbor came over this morning and fixed me a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal, and unwrapped my bandage for the instructed 20 minutes. Duane got up at 12:30 and came running out exclaiming, "Oh my gosh, you haven't had anything to eat!" He's working nights and came home at 7 and crashed, and forgot about me eating But my neighbor kept me from starving. I didn't want to wake him; his 12 hour nights are tough enough, especially if he doesn't get enough sleep. Then my friend came over and unwrapped me again, then washed my hair. It was heavenly after three days! When Duane woke up I had him help me get in the tub, and that was also heavenly, and I smell much better now. He fixed me a sandwich for later, and headed to work. Hopefully son will come over again later to help me get to bed. I'll be glad when they are back home here this week and next weekend. Never did hear back from their dad with my request for help this morning. Turd.
ssandy replys here to smiley, as I had typed a note to her last night in an email. Ssandy says she is silly. I forgot to tell her what thread to look at. Then that makes me feel silly too. , as I replied on the other thread about your son turning 18 Smiley. Well in a round about way as I had replied to merganser too. wow, I'm confused now. haha
Smiley, I am so sorry to hear about your broken ankle. I hope you get plenty of TLC from your family & friends & that you heal quickly. It's great that you had your cell phone on you, my 57 yr old nephew passe out and wasn't found for 3 days! He is slowly recovering, but had to have his whole colon removed.
Yes, I should have been doing something more exciting than walking down my driveway. Actually, just before that I was doing cartwheels in the yard! Oh to be able to do that again!
I had surgery yesterday, had a plate put in there, and doc said there was some ligament damage as well that he fixed somehow. All I know is that when I came to, it was the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced in my whole life, until they pumped a bunch more meds in me. Got home last night and have been doing nothing except hobbling to the bathroom when necessary. I know it will get better, but it will be really painful for a while, and staying off of it and keeping it propped up is the best thing. I'm already going stir crazy and stressing about work. Been getting some cross-stitching done. Not sure how I will function when hubby has to go to work Friday.
Hoping the boys will be cooperative at helping me put my fall decorations away and getting some of the Christmas stuff out. I had planned to get my advent wreath out over the weekend, but those plans changed. I had just bought new candles for it. Hopefully they can do that tonight. And laundry. Hubby is out now getting me one of those knee scooter thingys, and I'm trying to find a wheelchair to use around the kitchen; it's so much more comfortable to have the foot elevated.
A friend of mine broke his heel a while back. Sometimes he had to crawl around the house and got callouses on his hands. He had a problem with swelling because he wasn't keeping his foot elevated like he should have (he thought his work was more important). But he eventually got better, and was even able to drive their RV down here for a visit about 6 months later.
That's great. The cat's doing its part to speed your recovery, or at least to make it less lonesome. Can't fetch or cook, but can grace you with its presence (unless there's two of them and they start to fight on your lap, in which case their presence may not be so appreciated). Our cat's always very attentive when one of the boys is sick.
Managed to go to work for most of the day; hubby still off today, and took me. Wore me out, and may not have been the best thing, but I had stuff I really needed to get done, and no one does my job when I'm gone. We'll see how tomorrow goes; I have to drive son to school, then perhaps try to get myself to work. Not sure how I'm going to get the rolly knee cart out of the car; son can help me get it in.
Be careful out there, Smiley Too bad that you are so far away I have a 5 month old calico kitty who needs a "forever home" We already have 2 furry children & we really can't afford another one, but we are getting attached to her!
We have two; they are outdoor cats (my philosophy is the reason God gave animals fur is so they can live outside ) But they get to come in and watch TV sometimes, which they enjoy. Harvey (the Maine Coon), is especially lovey, and loves to be held like a baby, and goes totally limp. I've never known such a mellow cat before. I got him this spring, he was a little baby, found under a car in town. Someone posted on Facebook that they had found a cat that needed a home, and I went and grabbed him. So glad I did! He was probably only 5 weeks or so at the time. We had just moved to our house, and a mouse moved in with us, so I wanted a cat. Our previous brood of neutered barn cats stayed at the house we sold as we really didn't have any way to move them since we had to live in a rental for a while, and the new owners really wanted them for the barn. They were sweet and I hated to leave them, but I knew it would be hard to move them and they might run away. So anyway, we got Harvey first. A few weeks later I answered an ad in the paper for a free kitten, and we picked up Ernie when he was old enough. We wanted Harvey to have a friend. He's all black with a bob tail. He was about 6 weeks old when we got him. For the first two days, Harvey attacked him mercilessly, although he never hurt him, but Ernie was never afraid or backed down. After that they were the best of buds, and it's so cute to see them curl up together, or give each other a bath. We got them both neutered right away, and they live outside, and have a warm house out there with blankets, and enjoy their snuggle time indoors. Ernie isn't quite as snuggly, but when he settles down he's sweet. Ernie is still smaller than Harvey, but definitely the boss. When we throw table scraps out, Harvey has to wait for Ernie to decide what he wants before he gets any. Ernie will take Harvey's away if there's only one.
Hey Shar, doing ok; getting a little better every day. I got me a sexy Herman Munster boot on Friday. Doc said I could put weight on it "as tolerated", but have no desire to tolerate yet. He said if there's pain don't do it. I stepped on it last night, and it hurt for hours. I go back January 6th; he won't even think about rehab until after that.
I still mostly sit with my leg propped up, as I'm doing now at work. I have a box with a pillow on it under my desk, and have my boot off to air out for a while; I could tell my leg was swelling. If I do too much, it hurts and swells, so I do a lot of sitting. Still taking 2-3 pain meds a day. I've been working every day since the Thursday after my Monday surgery; my butt and legs hurt from sitting too much and I always look forward to getting home and stretching out more on the recliner. Still not doing too much around the house, but can do a little here and there. I have the scooter thingy, which helps a lot, but too much of that hurts as well as I'm a little lopsided. I did the crutches a little last night for an outing and almost killed myself. Managed to make it to our Christmas bunco, and grateful for all my helpful bunco babes for helping me get around to do that. Also made it to Messiah sing Along Saturday, my very favorite thing every year; hubby helped me navigate and we enjoyed our night out together after sitting around the house all day. Church Sunday, then we went to the children's program that evening. As long as I can sit with my foot propped up it's fine. I got all my Christmas letters done and stuffed, and the Chrismon ornaments framed that we make for the Sunday School kids every year; this year we cross-stitched angels; we did 57 this year.
I got my handicapped tag, which has been helpful, and allows me to park in the attached garage at work, which is a blessing as it's raining today. It's still a pretty long scoot, but at least it's indoors. I'm also very thankful for the attached garage on our new house, which we didn't have on the house we sold, so that's also a blessing.
And I can shower now, and got a shower chair on Sunday, so that was a treat to be able to have a real shower at last. I was taking baths before, with my leg propped up on the side of the tub, and the shower is almost more difficult to get in and out of than the tub, but it sure feels nice once I'm in there.
Duane vacuumed Saturday for the first time in probably 7 years. He had to ask me where the vacuum was, and was cursing at the attachments He said he wanted to find out if there was a surgery or something else the doc could do to get me back on my feet sooner because he can't do much more of this Really, he's been wonderful; just housework isn't his thing. But he's kept us well fed; I'm lucky he likes to cook. He's not very good at laundry either; he brought up a pile of my clean clothes the other day, all wrinkled! Our washer and dryer is downstairs, so I haven't been able to help with that at all. The boys are good at laundry since oldest son has to wash his work clothes every night, so they've pretty much been doing that.
The boss has been weird for the last couple of weeks, and it's been a horrible week at work, but it will get better. We had a big pow wow with big boss, and hopefully things can get back to normal, but that's been really upsetting to deal with; I don't handle that sort of thing very well. We've been coworkers and friends for years, but during this she has been most un-helpful, almost to the extreme, and I thought it was very mean. My husband gave up a rare Saturday off in October, during the time he was working 60 hours a week during the plant outage, to help her and her husband move his mechanic shop to a different building. Duane and I were going to spend the day together at my son's cross-country meet since we had a rare day off together, but she was really stressed about moving the shop, and her mother in law who she's been overseeing care for the last couple of months after a stroke, so I offered Duane to help them, and he was glad to do it because we consider both her and her husband to be friends. That's what friends do, they help each other. But since I've been back to work, she's been offended that I would even ask her to fill up my water cup at the fountain downstairs. I really haven't been that demanding at work; I was hoping for some water when they went down for their daily trip, and asked someone to get me a new foot box when the first one collapsed and I was in pain and needed to get my leg up, and our support staff person has been most helpful with some of my tasks that required footwork. Anyway, the whole thing turned into a big fiasco and pretty much made life miserable here, which is horrible because our office has always been such a joy to be in. Praying for healing and restoration.
Son is off work tonight, so kids are going to pick up some White Castles, and come home and put up the tree for me, while I sit in the recliner and hand them ornaments and supervise They've already got most of the other decorations I wanted, and put up a prelit tree outside. I'm looking forward to our family evening at home; we're behind in our Advent devotions as they were at Dad's all weekend. Hubby will be there after he gets home too, so it will be nice. Perhaps I'll have Charlie Brown Christmas on TV while we do it, since we didn't get to watch it on Ben's birthday like we usually do. Or Christmas music
Amazon.com is my friend this year, not that I enjoy shopping in stores anyway, so that part is just fine with me. We don't go crazy with gifts anyway. Older son already got his table saw; I met him at 4 am at Sears on black Friday to get it (before I fell later that afternoon!). Younger son isn't getting too much as his birthday present (letter jacket) just set me back quite a bit. Granddaughters are getting Hungry Hungry Hippos from us, as no parent in their right mind would buy that for their kids as it's really noisy!!!! I love being a Grandma! And books of course, always books.....
There, sorry you asked?
I really appreciate everyone's prayers! I've been so blessed to have my family there to take care of me, and my helpful neighbor and other friend who ran over right away with a pan of lasagne, helped me wash my hair, and unwrapped and rewrapped my bandage the first weekend I was home. Thank you God for taking care of me!
A foot is an incredible thing. We take it for granted when it's working well. When it isn't, we realize how complicated it really is.
Well, I'm praying that the pain gets a little better every day. I always figure that pain is the way that the nervous system has to remind you to not do something. I like the doctor's advice.
It sounds like your family's been great. Hope the work situation gets better. Sometimes it's disappointing to see the way people react to things.
I count 6 smiling emoticons in your text. Most people would have had a bunch of snarly or grouchy faces in there. Pain's hard to deal with. I pray that God continues to bless you, even as your foot heals. Take good care of yourself.
PS ... the sun just came out here in Huskerland, so it should be coming your way before too long.
Smiley, I'm glad to hear you are improving but so sorry to hear about the problem at work. I know you have always loved your coworkers and felt blessed to be part of the office. Perhaps something else is stressing her out and her attitude is reflecting it. You have my prayers that the situation improves.
Aren't families a blessing? My hubby has been really great in helping me through my illness, even vacuuming, etc. He's not very good at it and sometimes I would like to tell him if he'd put on his glasses while he's vacuuming he'd get a better job but I haven't done that. I'm grateful he makes the effort.
Thanks Merganser and Shar! The pain is so much better than it was a week ago; I'm very thankful. My little scooter gets me where I need to go, and the little basket on front is very helpful.
Shar, you are always in my prayers. I know you've had a difficult time of it too. Than you God for our husbands huh? Even if they aren't the best vacuumers My husband has been so sweet during all this!
Just noticed boss unfriended me from facebook this weekend; so much for repairing the friendship. Unfriending is the ultimate ending...
On a good note, I haven't taken a pain pill in two days, and was able to put a little pressure on it this morning without pain, so I can see the light....
My husband is so ready for me to be back in business; he's not real good at this running a household stuff. I almost had to shoot all of my men yesterday for not listening to me, including my ex husband for forgetting son's orthodontist appointment last week he promised me he would take him to.
Lessening of pain is encouraging ... it should mean that you are healing, even if it's slower than you'd like. Just wait a while on the tennis though.
People's reactions to stress can really be a surprise. When my wife's hometown flooded, there were some people out there sandbagging to try to protect their neighbors' homes even though it was too late for their own ... and there were others whom you would never expect to be so harsh and selfish. I hope there can be some rebuilding for you at the workplace, even though you've been surprised by some of the reactions there.
Smiley, I am so sorry about your boss. Do you know what brought this on? Breaking your ankle certainly shouldn't have resulted in giving up a friendship or a good working relationship. Keep praying about it.
Still praying for your healing, my dear gimpy friend! I pray too about your work situation...sure wish I could go there and give 'er the ol' piece of mind for messin' with my girlfriend! Meanwhile, I'll keep on a'prayin'. Even through all of this and the holidays you still took time, as always to be so very thoughtful....you amaze me! I'm very lucky to have you in my life and I won't be forgetting that any time soon! Thank you!
Well girl, I've had A LOT of time just sitting on my hiney! Had to do something productive
This has been the most relaxing Christmas season I've ever had. I've only been in one store since I broke my ankle, so I've saved so much money (although Amazon.com has taken some of it). The kids have done the decorating for me.
At the children's Christmas program at church, a young mom came up to me and said she was sorry, she hadn't known I had hurt my ankle, and was there anything she could do for me. I jokingly said I needed someone to put up my tree, do all my shopping, and baking. She exclaimed, "I would be glad to do your baking!". I assured her I was joking and the kids would help me. But last Sunday at church she presented me with a gigantic tray of different cookies! Some people are just so wonderful and giving, and like she has so much extra time as a working mom who is chasing the runaway camel in the Christmas program around
Harvey & Ernie are handsome boys! We now only have 1 cat living outdoors, Miss Gray. We had her spayed after she had her litter of kittens in the spring of 2010. The humane society found homes for 2 of her kittens, Tinker Bell & Minnie. Mickey had disappeared from our yard and showed up a few months later! After she had her 1 kitten, Kensey, we had her spayed and now she is living on a horse farm, but refuses to come out of the tack room! Kensey has been spayed, but we haven't been able to find a home for her and we are getting attached, she is such a pretty calico. We rescued Angel from the pound in 07, as at that time they still gassed them, and she made so much noise we had to take her:-). We got Mario from a woman at the Humane Society, who had found him in a thunder storm, when he was 5 days old. We got him, when he was 8 months old. She had named him Mariah and changed it when she found out she was he. His official name is Mario Storm.
So how's the ankle doing? Are you able to put any weight on it yet? I bet you've found lots of creative ways to move around and reach things when no one else is around. Glad your season has been relaxing so far. Mine has too, in a way, since I lost my job. There's stress, but it's still nice to not have to drive off to work every day. I'm slowly working my way through the house doing a big cleaning before everyone gets here for Christmas dinner. Yesterday I even scrubbed and re-organized the cupboard under the kitchen sink!
That's totally awesome that your church friend did all that baking for you. What a great surprise that must have been! I know folks will sometimes complain that us Lutherans are a stodgy, unfriendly bunch, but a lot of times it's simply that we don't know what the need is. Once the need is known, a lot of people will help.
Hope your ankle heals up quick, and that you continue to enjoy Christmas blessings!
Sorry KG, guess I never replied, and Shar just asked on the other thread, so I figured I'd give an update. It's been so quiet here lately! Where is everyone?
Anyway, I've slowly been able to put a little weight on my ankle, with the walking boot on. Hanging onto something, I can hobble along a little. The scooter is still my main form of transportation, but too much of that hurts my back and hips. But each day is a little better. With the boot off, I work on just flexing my foot back and forth, per doctor's orders. I have a long way to go there; don't know if the extra screw he put in the ligament has anything to do with how tight it is, or just the five weeks of non-use. He doesn't want me to rotate my ankle yet, just back and forth. My toes feel funny too. I go back next Friday, where hopefully he will start me on rehab. Sitting with my leg down is a little more comfortable now, and I was able to drive the four hour round trip to take Mom home the other day with no problem. Hubby got me a shoe with a thick sole to match my boot so now when I do hobble along I'm not uneven.
It has been five weeks today, and I can see the light. We leave for Aruba in two months, and I'm very motivated to be 100% by then, even though most of my time will be spent lying on the beach!
Thank you again for all of your prayers, and I have to thank my three men again and again for taking such good care of me. My husband had to vacuum a few weeks ago, and had to ask "Where's the vacuum cleaner?". He's really ready for me to be back in business! He's done very well, he's just better at manly chores. I've still managed to clean the upstairs toilets and sinks, although someone else needs to do the shower/tub. The boys take care of their own bathroom, and I haven't been downstairs to see how good or bad it looks. But I remind them to do it. Since the washer and dryer are downstairs, they have all taken care of that, which my boys are used to anyway; for Duane it was a new experience (although he was a bachelor for 8 years before we got married!) The boys pretty much do what I ask, especially my younger son who is around more as his older brother works a lot. And of course, we aren't starving as hubby is a wonderful cook.
The boys did such a wonderful job decorating for Christmas; hopefully they will be just as accommodating at undecorating.
I've been spending lots of time reading, cross-stitching, watching movies, and enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having on the front porch. I was going crazy from lack of sunshine there for a while.
On the plus side, other than my last minute Christmas shopping trip to Dollar General to get all the stocking stuff and little things that I didn't get on Amazon, I've saved so much money this month because I haven't been to the store at all!
Since KayakerGal asked again, here's my ankle update. I know y'all are on the edge of your seats waiting...
I'm starting my third week of PT. When I went back to dr. a few weeks ago, they gave me a brace to wear instead of the boot. So I can wear my regular shoes with it. I was afraid of it for a few days, but after I started therapy and tried it out there, it gave me confidence. I can now walk, in my regular shoes, with the brace. It's slow, but I can do it. Up until today, I was still using my scooter for the long walk from my car to office, but today I decided I was tired of wrestling it down the two stairs out of my house, into my car, out of my car, etc, so it stayed home this morning. Granted, it took me a while to walk up there, but I did it! Too much time on it definitely increases swelling and discomfort, but I need to get this thing back in shape! I've finally been able to go downstairs at home without too much trouble to see what's going on down there. I find piles of laundry, both clean and dirty, and my kids' rooms are disasters, mostly with dirty clothes that need to be picked up, or clean clothes that need to be put away! I ventured into the storage room Saturday, and was instantly and completely POd at my kiddos! While they were very helpful at undecorating the house from Christmas, well, putting the decorations back how they were, not so much. The storage room floor is completely covered wall to wall. My decorations are in rubbermaid containers, which stack. Which is how they were when they brought them all up. Don't you think they would put them back the same way? Of course not! They are all completely covering the floor of the whole room, so if you want something against the wall, you can't get there. Those boys have work to do when they get home (they were at their dad's this weekend). I also swept the garage yesterday, because my older son was too busy working to finish cleaning up the mess he made building sub boxes for his friends' cars (his second career). I've just started being comfortable walking a little around the house with no shoes on as well. Still feels weird. Still have a long way to go to get all the flexibility back.
I haven't been shopping too much, just to the grocery store where my son works, and they have the little electric scooters. I find them to be much too slow! Hubby and I went on a romantic outing yesterday to Sam's and Walmart, my first trip there since Black Friday, the day I broke my ankle. Can't say I missed it. He could walk as fast as I could drive the buggy.
I'm looking forward to being back to 100%, as I'm feeling stiff and fat from sitting around all the time.
Re-reading my post from Dec 30th, I've come a long way in a few weeks. Thank you God!
Oi, I remember that! I was very blessed to not need any therapy or anything more than a simple compression bandage once I got the cast off. The doc was amazed at how quickly I healed and I told him it was just because the softball teams from five churches were praying for me! But I did end up having a problem with the screws and plates, felt like itching inside the bones all the time, and the screws actually seemed to start backing out, I could fee the heads through my skin! Ugh! I ended up having a second surgery to remove all the hardware, which immediately felt better, even the day of the surgery. Haven't looked back since, and I hope you have the solid healing that I have. Keep trying the store scooters - I found one at the grocery that went so quick I actually felt a breeze through my hair! It was great fun buzzing about! Glad you're able to get into work without the scooter, but don't rush it and risk re-injury, ok?
Ain't that something about the kiddos? I have yet to go up to the attic to assess DD's job of putting our Christmas totes away, but I'm sure I'll have to restack some things. She has really been a great help lately, though, as we were babysitting my little nephews for a while. She was busy giving bottles and changing diapers and dealing with the slimy half-chewed biscuits, urped up sour milk, the whole nine yards. She was heard to mutter "I am SO not having kids", but I just grinned and told her it was abstinence training!
That's GREAT abstinence training! I'm always thankful when I hear my son's girlfriend say, "I don't want kids for a LONG time!". Her sister and her baby live with her, so it's been eye-opening for her, and hopefully my son too.
I went downstairs last night and supervised the kiddo reorganizing the storage room; it's MUCH better now
Sorry, I wasn't back in town for 24 hours when church started calling and wants me quilting on two teams, getting certified training for our kitchen, and training/installed for a new home visiting team as well as new council business, souper bowl, and then the calls commenced for planning the baby shower as well... I'm tired of being popular right now...* sigh *
Trying to get back into an exercise routine after sitting on my butt all winter. Went walking at lunch, managed about 15 minutes (probably a half mile or a little more). Not too bad! I've been enjoying the bike and the weights at physical therapy, but I think next week is my last week of that. I don't have any of that at home, unfortunately.
I can almost walk without a limp, although it gets sore by the end of the day. Saw the doc yesterday and he thought I was healing quite well and probably a little ahead of schedule.
I may go back in six months or so and have the screws removed. At this point, they bug me, but he said you can't really tell how much they will bother you until later when the swelling is completely gone.
Smiley, Heartland, which is a physical rehabilitation place, is near my home. They will sell "gym" memberships for $20 per month, which means you can use any of their equipment that isn't being used by patients. I can go to the YMCA for free, but with the cost of gas, it's cheaper for me to go to Heartland. I plan on signing up next week. You might check the rehab places in your area for a reasonable membership and there's no sign up fee, etc.
Smiley, happy to hear you are on the mend! A 1/2 mile is fabulous for a first time back.
As for weights, at home you can use just about anything...soup cans are good...it's the reps not the weights. Or buy inexpensive ankle weights. You can also build up muscles isometrically just by holding that part of your body in a tight clench, then releasing and clenching again. Arms and legs are particularly easy to do and you can do it at work.
Good for you for wanting to get right back into the swing!
Glad you are doing well Smiley. Takes longer to heal when we are a little older...older than 21 that is. lol
My sons mom-in-law broke her leg and ankle...she slipped on her tile floors. Her doctor said he quit counting at 30 pins in the leg. She will never be able to rotate her ankle again as they had to pin it permanently. She also has at least 3 large pins that stick all the way through the leg that will be removed at some point. My d-in-law goes to help her clean around the pins and help her. She is so unhappy about not being able to get aroung like she used to.
When something happens to me...I recently found I have arthritis in my knees...I just keep saying...things could be worse. Not sure about how all the poem goes anymore...but it goes something like: I was traveling down the road complaining about not being able not to ride in a carriage and only had a horse, then I met a man without a horse, then I met a man who had no legs. Things could always be worse.
Reading back through these posts has been interesting! Went to dr. this morning, and am getting the hardware out next week. My ankle still bothers me more than I think it should, but doctor thinks I'm doing fine. Hopefully taking the hardware out will help some. When I'm walking on flat pavement or indoors, it feels pretty good, but still trying to walk on uneven ground is difficult. And some days it's still really painful; thank you God for ibuprofen!
November 8th is the day. They wanted to do it this week, but I have to be able to follow my kiddo around at state cross country meet Saturday!!!
.............and it will likely give a little pain in the morning , maybe every morning, when you get up out of bed....and a little bother every time the weather changes to cold and/or damp. .....It is the cost of experence....
My pain med must really be kicking in. I thought you wrote to Smiley that she would have a little brother whenever it got cold. She definitely didn't need that news! I definitely need to get off of here and get some sleep!
You'll do anything to top me won't you! Sorry about the ankle. I've never broken a bone, so I can't imagine what it must be like... but I'm sure it sucks. Since you work in the medical field, I hate to correct you, but you are mistaken. When you are on crutches you don't lose your hands. They may be in use holding the crutches, but they are still there. Take a look down. Take care of yourself, and don't try to over do it. The last thing you want is to delay recovery. Whether they have to use a plate or just the cast, I'll be praying for your speedy recovery!! And enjoy your down time. Knit (if you knit) or something else you enjoy to just relax. I'm thinking about getting my knitting bag out... once I'm more with it... and get going again on a scarf I am making. Yes, real men knit! I'm living proof!
Thank you God for narcotics! Just hanging out on the sofa feeling a little loopy and dozing on and off. Please don't hold me accountable for anything I might type here today! Kept the hardware for a souviener The incision will hurt for a while, but hopefully it will feel better without the hardware. Between my copay and deductible, it wasn't cheap!
It really doesn't hurt too badly today, unless I put my shoe on and walk, becasue it presses up against the bandage. Took a pain pill this morning, which was enough to prevent me from being able to drive to work today So Ben and I are having a quiet day at home together; worked out well since he was off school. He also drove us to the bank; first time I've gone for a ride in his new car he bought a few weeks ago.
Got to take the bandage off last night; it was quite gunky (sorry for TMI!). And the incision was way bigger than I thought it would be; as big as the original one. It was still a little oozy, but not too bad. I got to take a shower woo hoo! It's a little tender, but not bad at all, and feels great to walk on! I'll have the stitches for another week and a half.
HI Wearinboots, I did get a wheelchair last year when I broke it; it was very helpful! Now I've just gotten the hardware taken out, and can walk on it ok. But that wheelchair, and my scooter, were both wonderful when I needed them.
I had wanted a wheelchair for those times when it just wouldn't work to take my electric wheelchair, but Medicare wouldn't cover it. About two years ago I went to the city-wide yard sale in Cuba (Missouri, not Castro country), and at one house there was a wheelchair out by itself where the two sidewalks intersected at the corner of the lot. It was free, so I figured there had to be something wrong with it... but I asked about it anyway. The woman said it needed minor adjustment but was otherwise in great shape. I offered to pay her something for it, because I didn't feel right taking something that expensive for free. She replied, "I won't take a dime. The VA gave it to my late husband and I just wouldn't feel right getting paid for something he was given. Besides, he would want you to have it." I've only had to use it once, but it's a great peace of mind to know it is here when I do need it. Canes, crutches, walker, manual and electric wheelchair, and an ADA compliant ramp from the driveway to the front porch... I'm ready for just about anything.
Glad to hear you are doing so much better. My son's mom-in-law will have permanent pins in her leg unless she decides to go and get each one out during a separate surgery, but she is hiking and walking almost as new.