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*a lie. Well, the bit about it being exciting is, anyway.

 

I had my 1 week follow up appointment at the Trauma Clinic last Thursday (20th), followed by a brief Mum visit (21st) and sister J's birthday (22nd), so what w/ trying to get things posted and birthday calls made an' all, stuff's been pretty busy. Also daily phone calls from Mum and sister which, although well meant, is getting a bit... much. Cos, y'know, I've been lying on a sofa/bed all day elevating my foot!! I have nearly naff all to report, apart from discussing radio/tv you haven't been watching!!! 

Aaaaannyway. Here are the notes I made immediately after the Trauma Clinic appointment, as originally posted in a series of Facebook comment and subsequently a bit of a faff to locate when required (to make sure I'm doing everything right).

 

Okay. It's not the broken bone that's the trouble so much as the damage to ligament it's attached to. Won't need an op or owt, but need to take care of it now to prevent twisting injuries in the future. Waiting to see physio now



 
Also need to put it up more cos still swelling that needs to come down. And to keep up with the moonboot. And to... moisturise, apparently?! (bituva cheek!!  ).

 

Nice physio checked it all out again, reckoned it's doing well, gave me some exercises:

* Flexing/rotating foot/ankle while seated with a scarf/sling wrapped around it for resistance

* Standing up straight against counter with no boot - balancing on one foot, removing arm support
* Ditto, but both feet on ground, rising to toes

Walk as normally as possible​ (not on tippy toes etc).

Try walking round house without boot.

No need to sleep in it (yay!).

Generally operate as pain permits. Don't sit around terrified to move, but don't do anything that takes me to more than the edge of pain.

Should get a letter thru from Outpatients Physio with a number to call for appt - if nothing comes thru within fortnight chase it up myself (have slip with details from Physio I've just seen).

Those appts would probably be at CRI, but that outpatients dept is shortly (beginning of June?) moving to what used to be the STAR centre, so I might have a couple in one, couple in the other. Dead helpful.

No dancing for a while yet. Boooooooo.

 

I think maybe the doctor who mentioned moisturising my foot/ankle might actually have been trying to say that massaging it would be good for the muscles or what have you? and that trying to work in moisturiser is as good a way of doing that as any other. But not 100% on that. 

Swelling has gone down some more since I focussed myself on spending long boring hours lying back with my leg in the air (swollen ankle/foot needs to be higher than the heart, so I can't get away with sitting down with my foot up - not quite limber enough to get it higher than my heart that way).

Yeah, my life is really, really interesting right now, haha!!  Apologies if you're reading this. Since typing the previous sentence I've been Facetimed by both my mother and my sis/four year old nephew. Jim the dog barked almost constantly throughout the latter convo, thanks to various people at the door, Alec sent me (in the phone) spinning around and around, and sis vented vehemently about how whiny he'd been all day. I feel like I need another lie down after that.

Okay, Branwell now sitting in front of approx 2/3 of the monitor, so I'm going to abandon post at this point and see what it is he wants of me.

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Not having much* luck importing stuff over from LJ :-/ Not sure if it's cos the site's already overloaded with droves of dismayed sometime diarists, or if it's through some fault of my own.

Have had to wade through lots of WI** paperwork the last 48 hours or so, trying to find answers to someone else's urgent questions - my Lawd, that got stressful, but ultimately cheering, because guess what?? As a result, I had to turn to the internet, where I discovered:

As our local delegate, I get an all expenses paid, two nights away trip to Liverpool to argue the toss with several thousand women at the National Federation of Women's Institutes' Annual Meeting in a couple of months time, yippeeeeeee!!! With guest speaker Susie Dent, of lexicography, etymology and Countdown fame: RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS. Add into all that the fact that a large part of my heart belongs to the north of England, but I haven't made it north of Wolvo since 2004; and that I'll be doing so 'under my own steam' (ie without having to beg favours or financial assistance off family members), and this all makes me feel really thrilled with my recent progress, confidence and mental health wise. And a lot of that's undeniably down to WI, and the support and strength I've found at my particular Institute.

So yeah, I was all yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! LIVERPOOL HERE I COME!!!! till a couple of hours ago, when *some*one called a general election for the day after the Annual Meeting. Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhh. So this could turn out to be a real test of my manners, shall we say. WI women can be kind and supportive and funny, but a fair few of 'em can also be kneejerk rightwingers. And by then, feelings will be running high. And I'll probably be having to share a bedroom with someone chosen at random.

Fun fun fun!!

Feeling surprisingly calm and optimistic, still, however, though I'm sure this will be tested across the next couple of months. Well, the sun's out.

Should probably try to crutch it out of the house for a bit before it goes back in again, even if only as far as the postbox.

God, it's a relief to be able to write like this again, without faffing around with filters and the like.


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BEFORE NEXT SHOWER, REMEMBER

* one crutch good, two crutches better
* grabbing stick as well = even better
* take at least one sock into bathroom
* put sock and right leg of trews on BEFORE pneumatic moonboot
* you will get very tired, standing on one leg in shower, and negotiating yr carcass in and out of bath and onto/down from one good leg; so if there's anything you can do beforehand, DO IT beforehand



















*any
**Women's Institute, rather than TV's Wisconsin
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