Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stitches out

Visited Dr. Ablove's office today and they removed the bandages and stitches from last Friday's first dorsal compartment release. Swelling is minor and range of motion has improved.

I think they tricked me when they said 10 weeks until recovery

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Back by popular demand.... blog entries.

So after 5 weeks... what has changed?

I am well into physical therapy (both water and..erm.. land). Due to buoyancy, body weight is decreased by 90% when in the water. So I can walk in the pool fairly unassisted. It amazes me how liberated I feel for 15 minutes while doing my exercises. I'd go every day if it didn't send me reeling in pain by the time I got home. I am putting weight on my leg when out of the pool as well & my range of motion and flexibility in my ankle has increased. I have been cleared to drive (not while taking drugs of course). So it turned out to be a good thing that I bought a car with an automatic transmission 2 weeks before the accident. The beetle is stick.. and I don't know when I'll be able to step on a clutch peddle.

I've started working from home.. and I am catching up on my email (right now I am reading the dramas of late December). For those of you that need to chat w/ me for work related issues... just stop by. I'm only a few miles from the data centre & Cricket loves company.

So after 5 weeks... what hasn't changed?

I'm still on crutches and have a love/hate relationship with my boot (and any left shoe for that matter). The swelling and soft tissue damage is still preventing me from wearing proper shoes on my feet.

My wrist is still screwed up. What was thought to be a sprain and would clear up after some time in a splint may have turned into a larger issue. You might be saying to yourself... wait Sarah hurt her wrist too? Yep it's true. I didn't even realize anything was wrong with it for several days because my ankle was the star of the show. There is a suspicion that there is some ligament or tendon damage. I have an appointment on Monday with a hand surgeon to get to the bottom of this mystery.

More to come...

Friday, January 2, 2009

What the hell have I been doing?

Over the past month I've been limping along (oo punny). I've shed the last of the pink casts and am now strapped into a knee high boot that would make Gene Simmons jealous. The brilliant and talented Dr. Lang and Robin have stressed that I must wear the boot when baring any weight. To my disappointment, this is the most uncomfortable... down right painful shoe/boot if ever worn (and believe me I'll suffer if the shoe is cute and on sale). The construction of the boot squeezes the swollen soft tissue in my ankle and digs into my achillies (which is less than pleasant). So, I've been spending waaay more time out of the boot than in it.

I hoped that maybe the physical therapist might have some suggestions... turns out he believes that I have complex regional pain syndrome.. also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Joe (the therapist... and also the brother of a boy I had a crush on in middle & high school) has me going through a series of desensitization exercises before we can proceed with any additional weight baring.

On a more positive note, I am going to try to head into work next week. My plan is to say hello to my coworkers, grab my laptop and go home. My tolerance to having my leg hang down while seated is minimal.... and I am not sure how I'll be able to elevate it @ my desk.