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One Hundred Days: Day Fifty

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 by in Solutions | 0 comments

Designer scale

I’ve reached the halfway mark of my recuperation journey. My reward was to buy a scale; believe it or not I don’t have a bathroom scale in my house and it’s now become a vital tool in my next steps!

I will be practicing putting weight on my right ankle……and Dr.Reed has laid out a plan. All based on the gradual increase of weight…. and how do I find out the prescribed weight ..step on the scale and see what it feels like. Every two days I increase the weight in increments of 25lbs. So day 1 and 2 is 25lbs, day 3 and 4 is 50lbs, day 5 and 6 is 75 lbs and so on until I am at full weight. I am to do this for an hour a day but not all at one time.

My Xrays indicated excellent healing, everything was straight and the breaks barely visible! The hardware was melding with my bone and Dr.Reed was extremely pleased with the rotation of my ankle, which of course I attribute to the alphabet and achilles exercises and the fact I did everything religiously for four weeks.

He was also pleased and noted the surgical scars were considerably diminished and almost gone!

What is good about all this is that I don’t get to do PT…… I don’t need to sleep with the “boot” on, and as soon as I can put my weight on my foot I can remove the boot to drive…… and I was told at the start of my recuperation journey it would be twelve weeks before I could drive again. It’s six weeks and two days since my surgery, and my accident was a week prior to that.

Conclusion: A really good day to day……..I get the strong feeling I’ll be back on my feet in less than a couple of weeks….. still in that protective boot and still with my mother’s cane…….but actually walking again!

Challenge: Figuring out the best way to practice the weight bearing……

Thanks to everyone for sending their supportive messages for today.

My previous recuperation rambles are below…. the more recent ones are on page 2.

Jan 29, 2015 - - 884
One Hundred Days: Day One
I bought an elegant walking cane for my mother, she was a very elegant person. And I taught her how to use it. Today, what I knew about using a walking cane was the most important thing I needed to know.
Jan 30, 2015 - - 936
One Hundred Days: Day Four
Why is patience a virtue? Why can't I buy more patience online? Those were my first thoughts today as I woke up feeling very impatient with myself and with life. Then I remembered something I had read recently " Patience is the virtue we exercise to take advantage of the time we have."
Jan 31, 2015 - - 1001
One Hundred Days: Day Five
The most important thing when you feel out of control, as I did the other morning, is to take control of your attitude. You'll say it's easy for me as it's only 100 days.....however I have been thinking what if...... I have also been thinking about how important it is to Design a space for the possible eventuality.......
Feb 04, 2015 - - 892
One Hundred Days: Day Eight
Getting in the groove would describe today. Not a fun groove either, just something that needs to be done to move the recuperation journey along. Fortunately sleep is an all important part of recuperation for ankle surgery, and I did a lot of what about tonight when I can't sleep?
Feb 04, 2015 - - 816
One Hundred Days: Day Nine
When I fell and broke my ankle on January 26th, I had no warning. I slipped on algae covered concrete....... two ankle bones snapped..... which necessitated in having 10 screws and a stainless plate inserted during surgery last Monday by Seattle orthopedic surgeon Dr.Mark Reed.
Feb 05, 2015 - - 882
One Hundred Days: Day Ten
So when you see a Dragon in the sky what does this mean? Today it felt like the Dragon was looking out for me. My challenge today was finding the balance between taking control or letting the pain suppressors continue to do their thing.
Feb 06, 2015 - - 1023
One Hundred Days: Day Eleven
I am looking forward with trepidation to next Wednesday when a lot more than a culinary skill will be revealed....... stay cast will be removed and I'll have to actually confront, feel and see the surgery results! How will metal screws actually feel?
Jan 29, 2015 - - 794
One Hundred Days: Day Two
When I woke up yesterday morning, my first thought was "how can I cope"? And then my friend Karen called and asked, "how does it feel to be out of control" Right on Karen!...... that's just what I was feeling!
Jan 29, 2015 - - 849
One Hundred Days: Day Three
This is what I see from my bed through a long lens! It feels like I am looking at everything through a long lens this week ....... everything is magnified and I'm focused on the details rather than the overall picture.
Feb 03, 2015 - - 838
One Hundred Days: Day SiX
On January 26th I learned that the recuperation journey will be about 100 days; that's this week added to the 12 weeks after my ankle surgery scheduled for tomorrow. So this is my personal diary ONE HUNDRED DAYS; it's really self- therapy to help me deal with the days to come ........
Feb 03, 2015 - - 882
One Hundred Days: Day Seven
Hardware update completed ~ unlike updated computer hardware I hope this one will last for 30 years... My surgery yesterday at 7.30 in the morning was 2 hours and I came out of the anesthetic fast they said .
Feb 07, 2015 - - 1080
One Hundred Days: Day Twelve
As some of you know I am an advocate of Master Tung's Acupuncture, and even visited one of his remaining direct disciples in Taipei a few years ago. Today, Jon Gissel Seattle Master Tung practitioner flew in to see me via Kenmore Air float plane.
Feb 08, 2015 - - 1034
One Hundred Days: Day Thirteen
Our four legged feline companions are a very important part of our recuperation process. Eight weeks ago we adopted a Bengal rescue cat and named him Tai Chi. After a very controlled introduction process he and our fifteen year old Burmese, Braun are almost best of friends.
Feb 10, 2015 - - 827
One Hundred Days: Day Fifteen
Just when you think you have things all worked out, you realize they don't really work anymore and you have to change, modify, pivot your strategy or plan. That is the similarity between the StartUp and recuperation journey. Yesterday's plan is not the best focus for today.
Feb 12, 2015 - - 1078
One Hundred Days: Day Seventeen
How can a Medical facility sell a MaxTrax boot for $350.00, which is for sale on Amazon for less than $100? Is it the same product? Do mark-ups vary that much when a product is prescribed by a Doctor? ? Which layer in the chain is taking the biggest cut?
Feb 13, 2015 - - 958
One Hundred Days: Day Eighteen
You can read so much from a face; from a facial expression and also what I call face language (like body language) ~ even this mask "The Prince" by Northwest Artist Doug David reveals strength and character and perhaps some bloody mindedness as well.
Feb 14, 2015 - - 773
One Hundred Days: Valentines Day 2015
To some of us Valentines day is not really significant - as every day is special day when you are with someone you love - and what some people show once a year should be an integral part of the DNA of your relationship.
Feb 15, 2015 - - 1045
One Hundred Days: Day Twenty
Healing is hard work when you want things to move along beyond the status quo. I remember a Doctor saying to a friend.... if you are not going to work at it (healing), then I am not your Doctor!
Feb 16, 2015 - - 936
One Hundred Days: Presidents Day
Things are often not what they seem! Look closely the Deer is not really being offered as a tasty dish! Well, that could be a great opening for a politically focused post, appropriate for Presidents Day; but not happening here. This image could also lead to the philosophical discussion ~ how do you know what is real?
Feb 22, 2015 - - 805
One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Six

Architects and Designers who design for accessible design should spend at least a couple of days in a wheelchair! After spending a month tooling around at home, staying in a hotel and visiting Seattle Orthopedic Center I've come the conclusion that in real terms as to what a person needs, some ADA designed spaces fall short!

Feb 09, 2015 - - 980
One Hundred Days: Day Fourteen
What does normal mean? Every time we change what we expect in our lives does it become a new normal? Who would have known how things would change and all I did was break an ankle, require a hardware upgrade to my foot and embark on a 100 day recuperation journey.
Feb 11, 2015 - - 1001
One Hundred Days: Day Sixteen
Everyone wants to know, but how much detail should you really share? I am sensitive about this, as just about everyone I know has such a very busy schedule. So here goes the short form: Image here is the first layer of my after surgery cast being removed.
Feb 18, 2015 - - 1045
One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Two
When you reach a goal, even an interim goal or milestone you know you are on the right road.......but that's assuming you've made the goals in the first place. It's important in a recuperation journey to have clearly defined goals or milestones. We reached a milestone today; ice and elevate really paid off.
Feb 19, 2015 - - 1001
One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Four
It's a SAD day in the San Juan Islands, located in the great Pacific Northwest. This was my "viewport" when I opened my front door this was enough to make me turn around and go back to bed.
Feb 20, 2015 - - 958
One Hundred Days: Day Twenty-Five
Why is struggling with new technology so time consuming? Why cant there be a simple solution for online security? The phone in my image above still works after several decades and it's only challenging to use if you are under a certain age! Not a very secure location in today's world...


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