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.