Broken Ankle Week 10

Enjoying the view at Fort Funston (San Francisco) after crutching to picnic table
  • There’s a trend of more achy/swelling ankle in evening and less achy/swelling in morning. It used to be achy/swelling all the time.
  • Sleeping without an ace bandage now. I sleep with just a cotton stockinette sleeve on my ankle.
  • I’ve been using a Rumpl puffy blanket because it’s lightweight and warm and my ankle has been really sensitive to any blanket weight. I put a heavier blanket over my ankle and noticed it’s still sensitive to blanket weight but not as much.
  • Resting foot on the floor in the car is a current experiment I’m doing to see if I can sit with both feet resting and not feel anxious that it will cause pain/swelling.
  • New sleep disturbance where I wake up a few times at night because my ankle feels tight and it wants to stretch.
  • Showering (still sitting on stool and using a bowl to pour water) is getting easier and the dead skin on ankle/foot is finally sloughing away. There are still scabs and dead skin around incisions and the skin is still too tender to rub or scrub.
  • I tried a bunch of different oils, lotions, salves and here are the ones that feel, and absorb, best on my incisions and tender skin
    + Gilden Tree Foot Cream
    + ElizabethW Soothing Salve
    + The Ordinary Argan Oil
  • While I work on Zoom every day I alternate between cold therapy machine, boot, and out of boot doing toe crunches and dorsi + plantar flexing. A couple days ago I realized I can finally flex my ankle a tiny bit more.
  • At a certain point, flexing and stretching makes my ankle ache so then I go back to cold therapy machine.
  • The top and sides of my foot are still tingly without full feeling. I massage my foot every day and have noticed feeling slowly coming back.
  • Crutching a lot has improved my shoulder and arm strength. I think I might actually miss the crutches since now they make me feel strong.
  • The pockets in some of my hoodies are starting to wear and tear because I use the pockets to carry almost everything every day (while on crutches).
The cats

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