Broken Ankle Week 3

  • At the 2 week point I went in for an appointment with surgeon where my splint was removed, I saw the incisions (eek! That’s my new ankle?!?), stitches were removed and then needed a cast (I chose cheerful pink for pride month and a nod to the “Free Pussy Riot” movement).
  • My ankle needed to be moved into 90 degree angle (for casting) and that was painful and difficult. I massaged the tight achilles tendon, pushed toes against my wife’s knee to work on moving my heel down to get into angle and then surgeon worked to push it the rest of the way. It was disheartening to realize I can’t easily control my ankle and how much it hurt to move it into this position.
  • I’m sleeping much better now, and back to my normal routine of 8 hours without waking, which is a relief after a couple weeks of managing pain.
  • In the morning I take 400mg ibuprofen to help with the initial swelling that happens. Otherwise, no pain meds, and a couple THC:CBD:CBN tinctures are helping me.
  • Fight the muscle atrophy! Exercise is getting easier by going outside and doing laps on crutches across the courtyard, using stretchy bands while sitting, finding youtube videos for chair exercises. Next I’m going to try getting on yoga mat and do everything that doesn’t put weight on my injured ankle.
  • I have embraced getting myself clean sitting on a stool in bathtub with and a bowl and a washcloth, as though I’m preparing to soak in an onsen. I don’t yet feel confident standing on one leg, propping non weight bearing leg (waterproofed) on a stool, in shower.
  • My ankle still swells instantly when standing up and then throbs. I’m kind of getting used to it. Not really. It’s debilitating to feel swelling and pain every time I stand up. I’m looking forward to the swelling going away.

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