5 do’s 5 don’ts

do:

1. be patient (and thankful that this is temporary)

2. keep leg up & wiggle those toes (reduce swelling, help circulation)

3. use time constructively (and do something you enjoy)

4. buy cycling gloves with padded palms (for crutches / wheelchair)

5. keep blogging, supporting and learning from one another

 

don’t:

1. throw crutches across the room screaming ‘FUGGNCHFFNARGHH!’

2. hop for 8 weeks (it’s not big and it’s not clever)

3. drop your plaster cast in the bath water

4. wear flip-flops / mules / slip-ons etc (good foot must be secure) 

5. get blue, get even.

 

let us know your 5 do’s 5 don’ts.

2 Comments so far

  1. matts on June 24th, 2008

    Do:

    1. Do what your doctor says

    2. Do what your protocol says and try not to jump ahead

    3. Do use common sense and try as best you can to watch your surroundings

    4. Do research and educate yourself as much as possible on the internet and other peoples experience

    5. Do eat healthy and take a multivitamin..

    Don’t:

    1. Get Cocky on Crutches

    2. Get impatient(This is hard for me)

    3. Get Depressed, try to stay positive(Also hard sometimes)

    4. Be mad this injury happened to you, deal with it, it’s too late to blame things, other people or yourself(tried to blame my ex-girlfriend for signing me up to play softball this year, not her fault, it’s mine!)

    5. Don’t give up! This is a hard fight and one which tests every facet of your inner person and just know how hard this damn injury is, it could be much much worse! Regular injury free people don’t understand and will never understand this injury (skinny leg, constant worry of re-rupture)It’s hard not to bite there head off (I have done this too once and then I thought how much of an idiot I sounded like) If you lost everything today, how happy would be to have it back tomorrow! Cheers

  2. marianne on June 24th, 2008

    Do’s:

    1. Do purchase a shower chair and cast cover.
    Showering is a necessity.

    2. Do ask for help.

    3. Laugh as much as possible….good for healing and keeping things in perspective.

    4. Do rest and relax as much as possible.

    5. Do use your painkillers when needed.

    Don’ts:

    1. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day.

    2. Don’t overdo things even though it is tempting to push yourself.

    3. Don’t obsess and worry about things you cannot change…..this is the tough one for me :)

    4. Don’t stress over the small things…the things you use to be able to do, but temporarily can’t.

    5. Don’t overeat :)

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