Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Almost there......

So today I had my follow up appointment after my recent surgery.
I had the dressings off, stitches out (Hooray!! No more wrapping my foot up before my shower every day!) and it all looks good!!

Now for one more follow up appointment, along with one more xray (seriously, I am going to be able to use my foot as a night light soon!!)and if that all looks good then that is it!

I can't believe it has taken so long to get to this point. I guess having a baby in the middle of it all has prolonged things, but who would have thought I would still be recovering 7 months down the track!

He assures me that I will be able to start using the treadmill again soon to do some walking on it, and said I can run as much as I can tolerate.....even before I broke my foot, I didn't run well so I'm thinking that I won't be doing this for a while! LOL

Hopefully I will have good news to report in a months time......I will really need to consider changing the name of this blog....

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Screws be gone!

So it's been a while since I updated this blog, have had a baby in the meantime which has taken up a bit of my time!
This is Annabel Ruby....

So far she has been a great baby, definitely a brighter side to an otherwise miserable start to the year!!

and this is my foot post screw removal

The lovely pink colour of my toes is from the surgery, although there is a bit of bruising underneath that bandage.

Surprisingly it isn't as sore as I thought it would be. I was up and walking not long after surgery, although it was very slowly, and I am improving everyday. It doesn't feel nearly as stiff as it has been, so I'm hoping that is a good sign that it will feel a lot better than it has since I initially injured it.

My next appointment is in 1.5 weeks, if all goes well, it will be the end of this saga!! I am crossing everything that it all heals up nicely, and I can move on.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bye Bye Boot

So I had another follow up appointment this morning, I now have the all clear to throw away the boot!! Well not quite throw away, but be able to walk around without it as I can tolerate.

Of course the first thing I did when I got home was take it off and put a shoe on, it actually felt quite odd. I felt like I was going to roll my ankle with every step.....think I have a bit of conditioning to do to my ankle to strengthen it again.

I added in some pictures of my xrays post surgery, they are quite self explainatory I think, you can clearly see the screws in place that seem to have done their job. Thankfully the bone has all healed up quite nicely, although I do still have a bit of nerve damage that is still there from the originial injury and also the surgery. Quite a bit of the top of my foot is quite numb, and other bits are just tingly when touched in the right spot......My surgeon thinks this will still return with time, although if the only residual effect I have is a bit of numbness then I can tolerate that, better than ongoing pain (although it just means I have to be more diligent with looking after my foot considering I can't really feel part of it!)

So all in all, a good day here. Getting the boot off has just come in time, with my growing girth, it was getting rather difficult to get the boot on and off everyday - lots of grunting and groaning going on when it came to getting it on and off!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


So far so good with the mobilising!

I am now walking crutch and walking stick free, back driving, and am managing everything independantly!

My foot is swollen at the end of the day, mostly around where the fracture was. It is a bit sore at times during the day, I have to remember not to overdo it too much. Easier said than done though with the kids to look after!

I have about another 4 weeks to go with the boot on. I am looking forward to the day when my surgeon says I can take it off! It is the best feeling at the end of the day to take it off, so to not have to put it on will be great!

I'm hoping all is well with my foot when I have my next xray, and I guess as long as things keep going along as they are, I will be happy.

I'm not sure how this pregnancy will affect things as I am getting bigger now, meaning more weight being put on my foot, and I'm sure there will be more swelling to come. Should make for interesting times ahead!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On two feet

Two feet on the ground.

I am actually walking, although 'wonkily' on two feet, still with the aid of crutches, just for stability. I have been managing on just one crutch at times which is fantastic! To have one hand free occasionally is great.

My foot is a bit sore at the end of the day, and to be honest, I haven't been walking great distances, still just pottering around the house at the moment, but I'm pleased with the way things are going so far

I think it will be a while before I am confidently chasing after the kids, but I feel like I am getting a little bit of independance back - and independance is a marvellous thing. I never realised until it was taken away!

My next medical appointment is actually with my Obstetrician, so will be looking forward to seeing bubs again. Before that I have to have my glucose tolerance test - not looking forward to that one as much. I am now 26 weeks pregnant, and starting to feel bigger every day, so starting to get up on two feet couldn't have come at a better time really!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Good news Tuesday!

Well my appointment with my Orthopaedic surgeon couldn't have gone better this morning!!

After having a look at my foot, and pushing quite hard over all the tender parts, he was happy that I can start weight bearing again! I was so excited by that bit of news I forgot to ask the 40,000 other questions I had to ask him!

I can also stop having the daily Clexane injections (Blood thinner), AND I no longer have to wear my boot 24 hours a day!! I can sleep without a bulky, hot boot again!!

I had to have an insole put into my boot to provide arch support, but its not too uncomfortable at all. I also have to source some new shoes......I would really like some nice sparkly, stylish ones, but alas, apparently they don't provide good support, so a new pair of cross trainers or sneakers it is.

My surgeon thinks that in a couple of weeks I should be able to ditch the crutches (might have to come up with a different name for this blog!) but I have to keep the boot on for another 6 weeks, until I see him again for review.

So all in all, today has been the best day since I first broke my foot 5 weeks and 5 days ago. Hopefully the weight bearing all goes to plan and I will be chasing after my kids again before too long.

Monday, January 24, 2011


I thought after calling this blog 'Me and my crutches' I should actually include a picture of the infamous crutches. So here they are. I'm sure you have all seen them before so nothing exciting there.

They are my 'frenemy'.

Friend and Enemy.

I can't do anything without them, but I curse the day I ever needed them!

I must admit, I am getting better at walking with them, although I do find they are fantastic for finding random objects on the ground, usually I discover the item as my crutch is starting to slip out from under me! (favourites are toy cars, my little ponies and books......)they should also come with a non slip attachment for wet surfaces, there is some major slippage on the tiniest amount of water!!

My next review by my surgeon is coming up on Monday. I'm hopeful that he will tell me that I can start weight bearing, which means my next phase of recovery can begin, but I also feel apprehensive about it, just hoping that putting weight on my foot won't bring on pain in my foot again, its been quite good lately in that regard.

I just need to keep positive about it all, and hope for the best!