Injury Timeline


Friday, March 11, 2016

Encouragement

I have been really encouraged with my progress the past few weeks.  I am feeling really positive about recovery for the first time in a long time!

Things aren't perfect but I feel like they've gotten so much better.

I started going for walks on the trails around my neighborhood; they used to be my old running trails.  It's beautiful - there is a lake nestled in with a gorgeous view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain ranges.  This has been the first time that I've gone for a walk on my own for any extended period of time.  I was a little discouraged the first time I went out.  I walked my 5k loop, and it took me 1 hour & 14 minutes to complete it.  But, since then, I've done that loop a few more times, and I've already gotten my time down to 1 hour & 2 minutes, and I feel each time I go, I am getting faster and better.

I find that going uphill is actually the easiest thing to do.   Followed by flat ground.  Going downhill is the worst though.  It's still slow going, and that is where I get most of my discomfort from walking.

So, after walking 3.2 miles at a respectable pace, my foot is a little sore for the rest of the day (my limp is probably a little more noticeable too), and first thing the next morning.  But, it's not nearly as sore as I expected it to be.  I actually find that it feels better when I go for walks, than when I don't.  So that's really exciting!

I also have been wearing some of my cuter shoes without my Superfeet.  Swelling isn't much of an issue anymore, so I can fit into my old shoes again!  It feels really nice to not be confined to my tennis shoes anymore.  Today, I'm wearing a dress with a pair of cute flats!  My surgery scars are exposed, and I can't help but look down and be proud of them, and what they represent for me.




Also, hiking season will be starting soon!  I'm so very excited for that, because I've been so pleased with how much progress I have made over the last month or so.  I have not felt ready, but I AM READY NOW!  Most of the trails are still snow-covered at this point in the season, but we should start getting some slow melt soon.  Nate has promised me that we are going to do all the hikes this summer.  We are going to have to start really slow and easy, but I'm totally OK with that.  Some snaps of my favorite hiking memories!  I assure you I will be posting updates once I start again - Hiking with a Lisfranc Injury :)

(White Pine Lake - 10,080ft)


(Doing Yoga at Gobbler's Knob - 10,246 ft)


(Mount Raymond wildflowers)

(Lake Blanche - 8,920 ft)


(Reynolds Peak/Dog Lake - 9,422 ft)


(Bells Canyon)

(Waihee Ridge - Maui)



I am finally feeling so great about things!  8 months later :)

7 comments:

  1. Yes!! Long time coming :) Ma

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  2. I started reading your blog late last night, not knowing if you were still writing since I knew by now you must be free from all the restraints and difficulties that come with having the lisfranc injury. I'm commenting on this blog entry mainly because you posted the day I got my lisfranc injury. I was in a splint Saturday morning to Monday morning when I went to talk to Dr.Kilpatrick, my recommended podiatrist who ended up telling me I'd need surgery as soon as possible in order to replace my bones before too much healing occurs on its own. I had surgery the next day and got put right back into a splint until hopefully March 21st I'll get my hard cast. Fingers crossed that enough swelling went down for it. Dr.Kilpatrick doesn't want me in that for longer than 3 weeks and then I'll be put into a book for anywhere between 3 and 8 weeks... I've been struggling a lot with my immobilization and inability to do anything on my own and have no clue how to survive 2-3 months of it plus healing time after that to slowly get back to my old self! I had no idea how serious this injury was until it happened to me... and I'd never wish it on anyone, but your blog has been very helpful so I want to go ahead and thank you and wish you lots of luck with your right foot. (:

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  3. I started reading your blog late last night, not knowing if you were still writing since I knew by now you must be free from all the restraints and difficulties that come with having the lisfranc injury. I'm commenting on this blog entry mainly because you posted the day I got my lisfranc injury. I was in a splint Saturday morning to Monday morning when I went to talk to Dr.Kilpatrick, my recommended podiatrist who ended up telling me I'd need surgery as soon as possible in order to replace my bones before too much healing occurs on its own. I had surgery the next day and got put right back into a splint until hopefully March 21st I'll get my hard cast. Fingers crossed that enough swelling went down for it. Dr.Kilpatrick doesn't want me in that for longer than 3 weeks and then I'll be put into a book for anywhere between 3 and 8 weeks... I've been struggling a lot with my immobilization and inability to do anything on my own and have no clue how to survive 2-3 months of it plus healing time after that to slowly get back to my old self! I had no idea how serious this injury was until it happened to me... and I'd never wish it on anyone, but your blog has been very helpful so I want to go ahead and thank you and wish you lots of luck with your right foot. (:

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    1. I am so sorry you've been diagnosed with this injury! And yes, I'm still writing! Believe it or not, 8 months later, I'm still dealing with some of the after effects of the injury, which I think mainly are just related to muscle atrophy and being non-weight bearing for so long. I absolutely want you to stay positive and encouraged. It can seem so very daunting to hear the prognosis. But, you will get through it, and this will be a distant memory once you are past it. I was devastated to hear I would be immobilized for several months. Just take it day by day, and set little goals for yourself. Once you start feeling better and healing from surgery, it will get easier. I was pretty depressed about the whole thing until about 3-4 weeks in, then I just started to accept that "it is what it is".

      I'm so very glad you found my blog because that was the whole reason I started writing. When I got diagnosed, I read every blog/forum that I could find and decided to start my own. I try to post every week or so, even if there is no real change or update, because I want people to know that you can get over a Lisfranc injury, and your life can return to normal.

      The best advice that I can give is that it will just take time. Do your best to accept that, and realize there is not much you can do to change things for now, except to work on yourself and keep the positivity up!

      Good luck :) You can do this!!

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  5. CC, you little traveler! I'm so jealous! THANK YOU for sharing the pics! There is light at the end of the tunnel!!!
    I did my first hike @ 2mo post-op. Omg so hard. Not enough muscle!
    Lol we stayed @ Pete Nelson's resort, TreeHouse Point, like from the tv show 'tree house masters' on animal planet.

    And then i hiked to the bottom of Snoqualmie Falls, and back up.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snoqualmie_Falls

    Instagram: Alexandria.bakerr

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    1. So pretty! 2 months post-op? I would have died....

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