Everyday is the same. I wake up, eat breakfast, do a couple of sudoku puzzles, peruse the internet, watch some tv, eat a snack, play some video games, maybe talk on the phone, eat some dinner, do some physical therapy exercises, watch more tv/play more video games/peruse the internet a little longer, go to sleep. The monotony is occasionally broken up by a visit from a friend or relative which may include going out to watch a movie or something but all in all I wake up every morning (afternoon?) with the feeling that there is nothing to look forward to in the day. I hate this injury. I just want to go for a run outside and play some basketball and contrary to my very first post, I really want to go back to work and raise some hell on the streets. Oh well, one day at a time. Really, I do feel fortunate I am afforded the luxury to sit around and do nothing all day and not have to worry about paying the bills or even paying for the medical bills. I have not taking a sick day or a vacation in 3 years and an awesome health insurance plan to thank for that.
As for the actual recovery, I’ve been on partial weight bearing for about a week, but I’ve been too lazy to update (go figure). I’m not as thrilled as I thought I would be at this point probably because it isn’t actually walking. In fact, I get around a lot faster on crutches then limping around trying to control the weight I put on my foot so I tend to cheat and not partially weight bear. I’ve been going to physical therapy once a week for the past 3 weeks. My protocol for the first week was simple range of motion exercises and strength exercises (isometrics and toe curls with a towel - I hate toe curls! I could barely do them). For the second week I was instructed to do more range of motion exercises and some stretches in a towel. Strength exercises progressed to using a rubberband to provide some resistance and more isometrics. For conditioning I was allowed to start using an exercise bike with minimal resistance for 7-12 minutes. Haha when I first started I could barely pedal the darn thing fast enough to keep it on. For the third (and current) week I have been continuing the range of motion exercises and added a standing calf stretch. The strength exercises are more of the same just with more repetitions. The cycling has been increased to 20 minutes a day. I’ve been increasing the resistance on the bike steadily as my foot allows and boy does it feel good to work up a sweat.
I hate to post negativity but I really think I’ve had it with this injury. I am sooooooo grateful for this community. Reading other people’s thoughts and experiences has probably been the only thing keeping me sane.
P.S. I really really really hate the big, ugly, heavy boot but I just can’t live without the darn thing! Hahah
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