Broken Ankle Week 12

Cuddling up to my crutches
  • I’m going to PT 2 times/week for 60–90minutes each session and then I’m doing all the stretches and exercises every morning and evening. I try to get outside each day and walk with weightbearing in boot and crutches.
  • New pain that PT said is probably hardware pain. It feels like a papercut pain inside my ankle bones and it doesn’t last long. It surprises me when it happens.
  • Weight bearing pain is a mostly bearable pain. It’s a mix of tightness and deep ache of a joint that is waking up and relearning. PT suggested trying walking in water in a pool.
  • I used a stationary bike with very low resistance and pedaled the slowest I’ve ever pedaled on a bike. My injured ankle felt like it was pedaling for the first time ever.
  • PT had me stand with my hands holding onto a table and try to walk to the side. I couldn’t figure out how to pick up my injured leg and take a step without crutches. It seemed impossible. She suggested I rock side to side, back and forth, try mini squats, close my eyes, and then I did it! The next PT visit I did it again — easier on the 2nd try. Now I’m going to try doing this holding onto kitchen counter.
  • The stretching and A-to-Z drawing in air and ankle pumps/circles and strength exercises all feel mostly really good. It helps my mental health to feel like I’m making progress.
  • Today I got my hair cut and I didn’t ask for a place to prop up my ankle. I almost always keep my ankle elevated, still, and I’m working on sitting with both feet on floor.

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