Friday, February 13, 2015

Day 15: Meet Greenie

Yesterday, I went in and had my soft cast removed and Greenie replaced it.  They cut off the soft cast an my foot got about 20 minutes of free time. Not that it could do anything, but it was nice not to have the cast on it. 
I have about a 2.5 inch incision on the outside, and 3 smaller area's where they went in to look for other problems. Thankfully, none were found. :)  After looking at cast the entire day before I decided on green! The husband wanted black and the kids wanted pink, but the green color just looked so pretty online.
 It lighted up a little but it is still a really cool Kelly Green color! The best part is I have a pair of KEENs that match it perfectly! :)
I head back in two weeks to have this beauty cut off and then move into a walking boot with 50% weight baring for a month. At least it will be easier to shower with a walking boot.
I am getting antsy to see what my timeline is for walking/running post boot. Maybe by June? Who knows but I can't wait to make a come back.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day 7

Wondering where day 1-6 are? I didn't write them.

Seven days ago I checked in for out patient surgery. I checked in at 7AM and was being wheeled back by 8:30 and was home relaxing on my couch at 11AM! Wham bam thank you mam!

The quick and dirty is: I had a torn ligament that had healed in my right ankle, I had super weak ankle and would roll them/sprain it a lot. I finally decided to take action.  The doctor went in and did what was called a Brostrom procedure. Basically, they cut the torn ligament and replace it with fuse it back together with some great medical suture thingy that will make it stronger and stay together. They also cleaned up additionally fraying of the other ligaments that were taking place.

Additionally, they took a look at the inside of my ankle and could see some cracks, although healed stated that I will most likely get arthritis in those areas later in life. 

Since then, I have not left my house, I have showered only 2x and well have been an overall pleasure to have around. I kid! I am in  great mood for the most part. The showering and leaving the house part is true. :)  I am blessed I can work from home so that helps to pass the day.

I also have been tracking the progress of my cast on instagram my kid thinks its a great place to draw and stick things to.

Overall, I look forward to getting the cast off. 1 week down, only 4 more to go!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hola! Miss me!

I have thought about blogging, I have looked at my screen and then I closed it.  I have nothing to talk about, but I do, I really do.  Here is the quick recap of what has been going on since you last heard from me.....which was October! WOW okay this list might be long.

  • Wore my cast, did my therapy for my ankle
  • Went back to work full time after a 15 month maternity leave - insert sad face
  • Talk to a nutritionist about my diet, basically she confirmed everything I know. My body hates sugar and responds negatively to it.
  • Halloween! It was fun, girls were cute!

  • Chatted up my Ortho doctor and since PT is not helping looks like surgery.
  • Had an MRI  - that determined that I have an OLD torn ligament, a weird benign tumor thingy and something else, I forget. I emailed the Doc and he said
    • This means that the ligament is stretched out which is why your ankle is unstable. This is the main reason why surgery is indicated.  You have a very small fluid collection that was incidentally found on MRI. I would not worry about this since it is benign and will not affect the surgery or your recovery.
    • Surgery scheduled for Jan 29th
  • Thanksgiving happened! Was fun as usual, full of food and many meals

  • Worked
  • Started PiYo
  • Shopped (mostly online)
  • Worked
  • Decorated
  • Ate
  • Returned
  • Undecorated
  • Worked
  • Yup that about sums it up! December was great, but pretty much fits in to the standard crazy events of December. :)
  • Still doing PiYo
I look on to January and  I have no goals at this point. Guess I should think about that.

Monday, October 6, 2014

One day at a time

I am done pouting or at least that is what I am telling myself. I just finished riding my bike for 20 minutes and doing some arm weights. My ankle is throbbing now. The doctor and the physical therapist both said I can ride the bike but this was my first time getting on it.

I was hoping to go for at least 30 minutes, but I can tell I am going to have to build up. Riding the spin bike while boring at least gives me something I can do, besides focusing on my eating. I have found that I have slipped in to bad habits, in not eating and just drinking a lot of coffee and then eating a bad meal.  I am working on fixing that this week. I went grocery shopping this morning also and stocked up on healthy food that also taste good.

Besides  that, not much is different. One more week in the boot and then I go to a lace up brace. I can't wait to switch because me and the boot are not doing so well, it just makes me grumpy. I am trying to look on the bright side and I just can't find one.

Off to be awesome.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome to October

I have been silent for a few days because I have been sulking. While I was excited to go to the Ortho doctor on Monday I was not happy about the outcome.

While I have a bad sprain right now, I have ankle instability and my ligaments are very week. Here are the next steps.

Step #1: Come back in 6 weeks to re-evaluate

Step #2: Sign up to see a PT
Step #3: Wear boot for 2 more weeks

Step #4: Switch to lace up cast for 4 weeks

Step #5: At follow up in 6 weeks, if ankle is not stronger schedule MRI

Step #6: Discuss surgery options

If my ankle does not improve significantly over the next 6 weeks we will discuss surgery. The surgery would be to clear out old scar tissue and repair the ligaments (Brostrum). The procedure can include shortening and reattaching the lateral ligaments to reconstruct them. The MRI would tell us exactly how much needs to be done.  This has a 3-6 months recovery time, or longer.

One thing the doctor pointed out, nicely is that I need to lose weight. He said I am carrying to much weight for my poor ankles to support. He is surprised that I was able to run without more injury or pain.  He encouraged me to start working on weight loss.  I have actually reached out to my doctor for a referral to a nutritionist.

Today is a new day a day to start fresh. I plan to start posting what I eat through out the day to help keep me accountable. As for running, we will see if I can get back to that at some point, my blog might need a new name. For now it is non weight baring exercise, bike, swimming, elliptical, rowing ect. Time to check out some classes at the local pool.

Happy First Day of October.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How is fall treating you! It was like a switch was flipped, cool weather a little rain and Fall arrived. I am trying to embrace it as it is here, but I am not a fan of fall. I don't like the wet rain that comes with it. How is fall treating you so far?

I love good news after bad news. Monday, I got an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor, but it was 3 weeks out. I was extremely bummed.

Tuesday morning I called and asked to be put on the wait list. They did that, then I asked if they could check while I was on the phone. She did and BAM! I have appointment on Monday! Super psyched about that. I want this darn boot off.  It already feels a ton better, like a 2-3 on the pain scale. I know, I know keep it in the boot until the doctor releases, me but I really want it out.

I have finished my first week of the squat challenge. I am feeling good, and can still move around.  Today is a rest day and week 2 starts tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Monday

I posted this on my Facebook yesterday and I just kept thinking about how we juggle life. Sometimes we are so busy that we cannot keep up, and other times we are just waiting for life to happen.

I was going along in the busy state and was forced to slow down. It's Monday and I have to call and try to get in with the Orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. I would love to be out of this boot soon. My foot is feeling a bit better, although swollen looking still, so I embrace it the best I can.

Plan for the week:
- Eat the best I can
- Weights, abs and other upper body work
- Foot exercise the doctor sent home with me. Never to early to strengthen.

How was your weekend?