So about that trip to sunny Mexico... Not gonna happen.
Here's the scoop.
On Saturday, Jan 16, during a fun visit from my sister and her family, I took a moment to let Hudson out before dinner. I set one foot off the front step, slipped on glare ice that had developed over the last hour, and took a bad fall.
"Bad" as in really bad--like an ambulance ride, x-rays, and fun like that. Turns out I had dislocated my ankle (obvious on first glance, as my right foot had never pointed in that particular unnatural angle before), and a spiral fracture of the tibia.
My icky ankle (note the extra bend)
After being sedated so the ankle could be put back in place and a temporary cast put on, I spent that night in the hospital. Around 11:00pm I was visited by an orthopedic surgeon who explained that after a few days to let the swelling subside, I would need surgery to repair the fractures.
I was sent home the following afternoon, feeling extremely depressed and having a lot of pain.
The surgery went well, and things are nailed/screwed/chicken-wired together in there now. Another night in the hospital.
Since getting home a week ago today, I've spent most of my time on the living room couch, high for days on the Percoset I popped every four hours day and night. Now the pain is manageable with Advil and Tylenol, so I'm feeling much less foggy.
I'm getting around on two different scooters. My pain has steadily decreased and now that I've learned how to hoist myself up from the couch without putting weight on my right foot, life is much less stressful.
This is "Zippy," the scooter I like best for ease of motion and steering. The other one has wheels that lock more easily, and it has a handy basket for carrying things around.
Zippy is definitely the way to go for most things, and when I return to work, I'll be whooshing down the halls on that one.
I've taken a several week medical leave of absence to give myself time to heal before dealing with the leg and the pressures of work. I miss my coworkers, but several of them have come to visit me, and that has lifted my spirits enormously.
On Feb 5 I have my first post-op appointment, at which time I believe I'll be fiitted with another cast and have stitches or staples removed. (Icky.) It will be four more weeks from that point before I can put any weight on the foot. I also can't drive, which makes me quite the shut-in.
Darren has been incredibly kind and has taken great care of me through all this. He reminds me each day that he can see me making progress, and that's a great boost.
Hudson has been extra snuggly with me too, and he's rarely been off my lap since this whole thing started. He particularly likes to rest his head on my cast for some reason.
To help occupy myself and keep my toes warm, I knitted a little cast-cozy. I'm not entirely happy with the decreases at the top, but then I don't plan to use it that long, either. I used some leftover Noro Kuryeon.
I'm sure I'll be the envy of any cast-wearer I meet...
So that's the latest and not-so-greatest. Watch out for icy sidewalks!