Friday, September 4, 2015
Just Do It
8 weeks post-op this week!!
I got the cutest card from my co-workers in the mail. Cheered me up for sure!
If I'd had a less severe Lisfranc injury, I think I'd be able to start bearing weight this week. But that damn little navicular had to get in the way of my potential! It is the reason I am still not walking yet. I guess that's what happens when you shatter it into 11 different pieces.
That's OK though, I still have had a week of progress so I can't really complain. I've been doing my range of motion PT and it's to the point now where the foot is not really stiff anymore (at least when attempting those exercises). My therapist said when I am pointing and flexing my toes that I should try to point and curl them like a ballerina as much as I can.
So in my mind I visualize I look like this:
When in reality I look like this:
I also successfully made my goal of going in to the salon and getting my hair done. I had been so nervous about it because I was just afraid how I was going to navigate on my scooter. Turns out though, it was really easy! I'm much more pro on my scooter than I give myself credit for. I had to get into the chair once, out for a wash, and then back into the chair. I shouldn't have been so nervous about it because I conquered it like a boss. My hair stylist, who is FABULOUS by the way, gave me a stool to elevate my foot, and then I just sat there for a couple of hours while she played with my hair. I got it darker for fall, and felt like I needed a change since I myself am going through so many changes in my life.
Bam! I love this new color!
I am starting to use my crutches a little more. I keep them down in my basement for when I go down there to workout in the home gym, so that I don't have to butt scoot around. I've found that I'm about 100 times better on the crutches than I was when I first injured myself. I guess I'm just really comfortable hopping around on my left leg, and I'm sure that it's super strong now so I can do a lot more with it. I'm not going to use them as my primary mode of mobility but there are definitely nice to have around now that I'm not so afraid of them.
Perhaps the most exciting thing this week was the opening college football game of my Utah Utes against Michigan! Spoiler: the Utes won :)
(me and one of my best girls, Aimee - who made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies JUST FOR ME!... love her)
I have season tickets, but was really worried about having to hop up to my seat on the 35th row of the stadium. So, we decided not to attend this game, but it didn't stop me from tailgating! I got to get 12 hours of good, clean & dirty tailgating in my system. I saw lots of friends. Ate lots of food. And drank lots of booze. The only challenge was getting in to the port-a-potty on my own, so I needed help with that, but otherwise I just sat in my lawn chair with the foot elevated on my scooter. People brought me food and drink as I requested it. The port-a-potty trips definitely got more challenging as the night went on, the sun set, and I consumed more and more alcohol. I have a light on my scooter so that helped. At one point, it was so dark, that Nate lifted my scooter up and shined the light into the port-a-potty window for me so that I could see what I was doing. How sweet is he?
It was the most depressing thing to see all of the other patrons heading to the game! I met a couple of other people in casts, and one guy who had a boot like me, and was being pushed by friends in a wheelchair. So, I'm determined to go to the game next week, and actually go inside the stadium to watch the game instead of from the tailgate lot. I also bought some cute new boot accessories to decorate with my team colors.
(my "Ute Boot")
YEAH!! Go Utes!
I think I'd say to anyone out there reading this, debating on whether or not to do something with your broken foot (like go to a game, or a hair salon, or visit friends, or a road trip, or what have you)...my advice is to JUST DO IT! It's so worth it in the end. I immediately regretted selling my tickets once I got to the tailgate and found how much I was able to move around and do things (even if I required help). I am done putting my life on hold or settling for less just because I've got a Lisfranc injury!