Broken Ankle Week 24
Last week we took the subway to the ballpark to see the San Francisco simulcast of La Traviata. It was cold and fun! I brought folding cane and used it on hills and on the ballpark stairs without railings.
Iterating and experimenting since new pain feels like I’m regressing:
- My strategy is to take cane if there will be hills and leave cane at home if no hills. I can easily walk 1–2 miles if no hills. My ankle hurts when walking downhill.
- At my last acupuncture appointment, acupuncturist “surrounded the dragon” on my ankle where it has had intermittent nerve pain.
- I’m trying epsom salt soaks for foot and ankle. Not sure if it’s helping but it feels good.
- I am massaging the tibia incision regularly and noticed that the incision hurts less now.
- I’m trying to get used to the feeling of the metal on my fibula. It feels so weird to run hand down my leg and feel metal under my skin.
- When I’ve been sitting for a while and stand up, my tibia hurts and my heel feels cool.
- If I stand up and take a step and it hurts, then I move my ankle around for a bit and wait and try again until I can walk easily.
- I jumped once (see goal below) to see what it feels like. It hurt a little. I want to be able to move more. I walk, I bike, I do yoga, I do PT exercises. None of that feels as dynamic as I used to move.
Goals I am aiming towards
- In 7 weeks I need to be able to hike up and down steep inclines for a vacation we have planned (and also walk on beaches).
- I will continue walking up and down hills. One hill per day. Until I can go downhill without much pain.
- Put my small pandemic-purchase trampoline back together and try light jumping on it because I want to move more.