Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Ankle Saga Continued

Many of you may remember that a few months ago I injured my ankle after I fell off a sidewalk... Oops! I went through 2+ months of therapy, and was given the go ahead to start walking in normal shoes and start easing back into exercise... the ankle still felt tender so I was taking it easy, but still getting back into things. I was doing mostly the recumbent bike since I had been doing that during therapy so it seemed ok, and a few other exercises. I was wearing heals, but ones that were short and chunky so I wouldn't aggravate things too much.

Well, much to my dismay, the ankle felt worse than it had in months after a few weeks of regular shoes and moderate exercise... so I was told to go get a MRI.

I went for the MRI (during snowpocalypse 2010) and then went to the Dr for my results...

The damage to my ankle was worse than I had thought originally. I definitely had a bad sprain, and additionally I had some tearing in a tendon... UGH! Not only that, but I have an extra bone in my foot--I always knew I was unique-- and the tendon has attached itself to the extra bone rather than the normal bone which is why my ankle is so unstable. (I've sprained it 4 times)

So, the Dr. put me into an air cast to try and immobilize my ankle, and I'm back in physical therapy 3 times a week. If this doesn't work, I get to have surgery in order to remove the extra bone and also repair the damage...

It's been 3.5 wks since the Doc put me in the air cast... my ankle is still swollen (despite the cast AND a compression sock) and it is often still really painful. I wasn't supposed to go back to the Dr. for 6 weeks, but I'm going back early because if I have to have surgery - I need to get this show on the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, please pray for prompt healing... and please forgive me for not posting recipes or anything lately. I've been trying to stay off the ankle as much as possible and haven't been experimenting, just been cooking things like Tamale Pie and Garlicky Butternut Squash because they are comforting, easy, and I could do those in my sleep.