3 Weeks Done!

I’m 3/4 of the way through Phase 1 of recovery, the cast.  Looking forward to the next phase in a little over a week, THE BOOT.  I’m not sure what the doc will allow me to do weight bearing wise but mentally I feel like THE BOOT will be reallllllly beneficial for my psychological recovery.  I was down in the dumps a little this morning again thinking about this injury.  I really do feel like it is the psychological part that is hardest for me.  My son has been acting out at preschool.  He is the most mild tempered, sweet little boy (really he is, not just saying that because I’m his mom).  His teacher suggested he is acting out partly because of my injury and it made me feel soo awful and helpless even if she may be right.  Mentally I’m also worried about a rerupture even though I know it is a rarity to occur.  So…it’s the mental piece I need to work on!  It is weird.  I had a horrific mountain bike accident about 3 years back.  I snapped my 2 forearm bones on my right side. Screws and plates in there, etc.  Total recovery rehab time 2 months, back on my bike by month 3.  I have now forgotten about the injury except as a bragging right, so I know I have the strength to recover mentally and physically from injury, I just need to find that strength now.

I got outside with my sister today and she opened up our gazebo so I have a nice place to sit outside.  I relaxed in the sun and daydreamed about all the things I KNOW for certain I will be able to do this spring and summer.  I will go visit my dad in Sedona in about a month, I will return to teaching 5th grade, I will be able to play outdoors with my children and chase them.  I’ll go to our camp in northern Maine and swim across the cove and back like I usually do.  And I’m sure I’ll get on my mountain bike but for some reason that isn’t as important to me at the moment.

Hard morning, great afternoon!

5 Comments so far

  1. coolkiwi on March 16th, 2010

    Hi Sara - I did my AT three weeks ago, but I’m following non surgical route so I get my boot on Monday, and am looking forward to it just like you. My kids are older than yours (10 and 11) and they’ve really “grown up” over the last 3 weeks; my husband has been away in UK for almost 2 weeks. So they’ve taken on tasks round the house: one has become “post and bin boy” (collects the post from the box every day, and puts the rubbish in the big bin and puts that out for collection) and “washing boy” (gets the washing off the line everyday). I said that I really needed their help, and in return they’ve had extra treats eg top up of pocket money, fast food lunches etc. Now your little one maybe too small for jobs, but could you find something he could do “to help Mum” and explain that you need him to help you get better? (and do the treat thing) Hey you’re a teacher, and probably know the pyschology better than I do, but maybe something to think about?

    Re the afternoon - we have great outside areas at our house, but I need to “hop” over a step to get to each of them. Have found it well worth the effort whenever it’s sunny - just 15 mins outside is so relaxing and really makes you appreciate the world again.

    Mountain biking again - look I’m a big believer in having “nine boxes” in your life (idea being that you have nine things you really care about, then if one disappears you still have the other eight). So no biking, but you still have your family, home, general health (as in you’re not lying in hospital suffering) etc. etc. Life balance is what it’s about, and the boxes which require two fit feet will come back again don’t worry :-)

  2. normofthenorth on March 16th, 2010

    Looking at the part of the glass that’s full is better, “for the same price”! :oD

    I’m sure your Doc doesn’t have time to read the new studies, but you could print one out for him, to help educate him about the benefits of rapid rehab. Your physical outcome might improve some, and your psychological health and lifestyle should both improve a lot. There’s no reason for a healthy post-op ATR patient to be going more slowly than this 64-year-old who had NO surgery!!

  3. fayshan21 on March 16th, 2010

    Hey Sara! You are 1 week further than I in this lovely adventure of recovery! I am with you on those mental moments! At moments its like “its totally fine, i can do this, no big deal, im a strong woman and its only a few weeks out of my life” and then theres those “other moments”… I wish you more the of the better kind! And if you have it available, try to get the hands free crutch. It is such a life saver! Good luck to you!!! And keep up the positive feeling!

  4. "Frouchie" or "Grouchie", or just "Chris" on March 17th, 2010

    We all have those good days…then we have the bad ones too.

    The one thing we need to remember is that we are going to be down and having to put up with our difficulties for a short period of time (a few months to half a year). There are others that have to deal with crutches or other things all the time, their lives are the constant struggle and we only need to deal with for a very little amount of time.

    I’ve done my share of sitting on a My pity potty, but I’m also very thankful I will be done with all of this too.

    I’m glad you are doing better and keep your chin up…you\we will be better given some time to recover.

  5. normofthenorth on March 17th, 2010

    This ATR thing may be a classic example of “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. It definitely exercises some of the coping skills and the positive ‘tude, not just the foot and leg (and arm and hand!) muscles!

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