Six weeks of healing an ankle can do all kinds of damage to other parts of your body. Once I was free to start putting weight on my foot again, I find out that I…can’t.
Apparently swelling takes it’s toll on nerves and joints. – mine didn’t bother to sync calendars with my ankle bone to make sure they all had this week blocked for my return to walking. So my #SummerOfCast continues for a while longer, without the cast.
I did have a breakthrough moment this week, kinda like that scene with Tom Hanks in Cast Away when he made fire for the first time. I was able to get in the bathtub without assistance. This was definitely a breakthrough and also a little sad (read my “Love Is A Hot Bath” post if you want to know why).
I’m looking forward to the end of this “alternative summer” journey. While I’m not ready to call it finished yet - don’t want Karma to come knocking on my door - I can feel the finish line getting closer. I’m storing up little nuggets of knowledge that might serve me well on days sans cast.
- You can’t cross a wet floor on crutches. Nope.
- Love is …having a husband who will reach out and fix your “croppy” when you are wearing a sundress while on crutches.
- Waving a crutch at a barking dog is no longer an effective threat after six weeks. Once they learn you can’t throw/won’t throw it, it’s over. However, throwing dog food is a sure thing to get their attention.
- Once you are downstairs, anything left upstairs will stay upstairs unless you need it to breathe.
- I can go six weeks without buying anything. No clothes, no shoes, no beauty products. Imagine the money I can save if I keep this up. Expect Target to show a loss for this quarter.
- It is impossible to make up the bed on crutches.
- My husband can make up our bed like a fancy hotel. He may regret showing me that he has that skill.
- Six weeks without cooking or cleaning is kinda nice, even if it does make me feel guilty.
- Blessings should be counted, no matter how small they are. My behind may be spreading but my arms are getting incredibly strong.