Too much, too soon

May 5th, 2013

14 days post op. I went out to dinner last night to get out of the house. Sitting at home day in and day out is so boring! Today I went to my sisters house for dinner with the family, and I am hurting pretty bad tonight. Foot up on 4 pillows and ice under my ankle. I just took some advil about 30 minutes ago. Starting to feel better now. I can’t remember who’s blog I read, but they said you can feel ice through the cast, and guess what?! YOU CAN! Ahhh.

I learned how to go up a few steps with my crutches today. Scary! Although I did need my husband to push me a bit! I can go down a few steps on them now too :) I still prefer the knee scooter when possible; it is so much easier! I feel like every time I need to get up to do anything it is such a workout!

It has also become easier to ask for help. It was so hard at first. I’m so used to cooking and cleaning and working. Now I just sit around. I started drawing and doing crafts to pass the long days by.

2 more weeks until I can put my foot down and put partial weight on it. I CANNOT WAIT!

6 Responses to “Too much, too soon”

  1. momto4peas on May 5, 2013 11:18 PM

    I hear you on the overworking it too soon. My Dr also told me to ice behind the knee because the cold will slow down the blood flow and it reaches the ankle. It works wonders for me! Good luck…

  2. dana925 on May 5, 2013 11:34 PM

    Thanks so much! Trying that right now :)

  3. normofthenorth on May 6, 2013 2:40 AM

    I got friends and restaurants BOTH to give me access to a spare chair and a pillow so I could sit and eat with my leg elevated. It’s a bit awkward on the spine and bum, but it beats pain and swelling — and you can shift positions a bit from time to time, too. You’re injured, most people will be happy to accommodate you if you ask — even strangers!

  4. kkirk on May 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    We all have at least one instant of “overdoing it” during our recoveries. Some of us (Like myself), do it multiple times, 3 to be exact. In the early days this might involve standing too much, not elevating enough, or walking too much. As our recoveries progress this might mean too much weight, too many reps, too much distance, or too many calf raises.

    So as you progress make sure keep it incremental, introducing new things (exercises) slowly and give your body time to adjust (and plenty of rest time to heal). :)

  5. Eyechilles on May 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    Hang in there. The weeks of NWB are tough and long but time flies and the transition from PWB to FWB and then to two shoes happens pretty fast. Good luck with your recovery.

  6. dana925 on May 6, 2013 2:51 PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I hope it flies by!!

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