One Hundred Days: Day Ninty-Nine
I am coming to the end of my 100 day recuperation journey and yesterday the reality sunk in that it’s going to be nine months to a year until I am functioning as “normal” again….. What do I need to do to change gears (and I thought I’d be 100% by now) to embrace the healing process going forward…. a process I thought I could say goodbye to now!
As far as getting around on my own two feet, I’m not doing so badly…I can drive….and only need a walking cane or walker when I am tired! I still need to do the alphabet, achilles and the rocking horse ankle exercises ~ the rocking horse being my latest invention to help gain back weight bearing on the ball of my foot. With a name like that you’ll know what it is! I still am doing the adaptive Tai Chi exercises, but I do those standing up now and shift weight from foot to foot. I gave up for a week or so and really felt it in my back…..so I guess this is a longer term commitment or until I graduate to something else exercise related.
There goes the unrealistic dream of recuperation being just 100 days….however 100 days seemed manageable when I started out ! Always keep yourself focused on realistic goals otherwise you can give up before you even get going?
The goal of writing a post here every day for 100 days…..was perhaps unrealistic…. I managed to write just over half that……I was more dedicated at the start when I needed more self-therapy to get on with my day…. and less later on as I got involved in projects and my readers checked in here less and less…..
As my final post in this 100 days series I’m working on a list of the most important things I learned that I wish I had known on Day ONE. Actionable advice or tips for someone who has just broken their ankle and says…..how do I I get to the bathroom…….where do I position my wheelchair…….where do I get a wheelchair…..how do I combat what the narcotic pain killers are doing to me……how do I solve my insomnia……..how do I keep a positive attitude…….how can I ask for help….. and so on and on…….
Why the image of my Wisteria…….it’s a symbol of the next year of recuperation….from Wisteria bloom to Wisteria bloom…. where will I be this time next year…….you’ll have to wait for my post One Hundred Days: One Year later:-)
My previous ankle recuperation journey posts are below………or just go to Images Of Life and pick the most compelling image for a recent update…..
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!
Things are often not white and black! I'm one of those people who likes definitive decisions, guidelines and strategies. Recuperation journeys are like that...... lots of gray areas....... are things really getting better? Have I had a set back? When can I move onto the next phase.... not until...maybe?
I've used this red hat to represent my mentoring role! However, today it feels like I am hat-less..... I am trying diligently to get back on track in spite of the many healing and recuperation distractions which often have to take priority.
My guardian angle today came in the form of Chef Sylvia. She brought the much needed "fun" ingredient to the recuperation journey when she flew in by ferry last evening late. Along with "fun" came some much needed "organization" which will make my next few weeks much easier and far less stressful.
Breaking bread has thousands of years of significance and symbolism. This morning Chef Sylvia baked six loaves of bread and was in my kitchen early kneading the dough and setting it aside to rise! The results were mouth watering, and lunch an unforgettable event!
One-Size-Fits-All is all very well..... however with some products (and services) if you cant customize, one size does not fit at all. I am struggling with the MaxTrax boot which is in many ways a very innovative invention, and very workable substitute for having to wear a cast after broken bones have been fixed and are healing.
It seems from the feedback I received related to yesterday's post I have set my expectations too high. I should be satisfied that my calls are getting in fact through, and that someone responds. It would however be reassuring if the same person responded, even if not my Doctor but someone who was familiar with my situation.
I've never been one of those people who takes a long time getting up in the morning. I've always been the one to take care of others, including the pets! Now it's all different it takes me close to two hours to get ready in the morning!
This is the Shark Reef community; pictured are Cormorants, California Gulls and Harbor seals! Hidden are an assortment of fish and crustaceans! This is the rocky landmark I can see from my deck which reveals whether the tide is in or out. As the tides ebb and flow, and the seasons change so does the resident community change.
Out with the old and in with the new! When do you keep, restore or preserve the old and when do you just delete it? What are the reasons for keeping an old building like this other than it is very photogenic and great subject matter!
Spring has spring....or almost! I'm eager to get out and about.....and work on my 2015 landscape Design. Hopefully I'll be allowed to hobble about in ten days....if the melding of bone and screws in my ankle hardware upgrade is on track! Landscaping Design is not something you do and forget about....it's an organic and evolving endeavor.
I've often heard the expression....there are no coincidences ..... in life! Well what are the odds of two birds being on the top of the same tree, perfectly symmetrical at the exact the same time that I had a camera with a long lens at hand?
The Eagles are making an ungainly racket this morning.....that's a definite habinger of Spring! Pretty soon I'll be watching their courtship dances or courtship flights as they ride the updrafts over the bluff, just a few feet from my deck. I captured this image a few years ago and that was only after several years of trying........
The decision needs to be made; should I relax or move projects forward? It was easy for Tai Chi as he was indisputably in relaxation mode all day. While on the other hand I was moving things forward, well as much as I could in my current immobile situation.
When people come visit from other countries I always ask them.... what food or drink do they miss most in the US..... food they are accustomed to and absolutely cant find ? It's very interesting and revealing the answers I have received through the years......
Wood fire season is almost over, but a windy March day is still a good excuse to light a fire and move my work space in close proximity...which is exactly what I did yesterday. I got lots of work done and accomplished a great deal while enjoying the warm glow, and aromatic smell of apple tree logs burning.
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.
It's not so easy to monitor your speed when driving an Audi R8. It's also not so easy to put exactly the right weight on your foot when doing weight bearing exercises. You wouldn't think they are related, but in fact they are. I have sometimes been accused of having a heavy right foot!
Tai Chi with a Cheshire cat grin and a definite "I told you so" expression...even in his sleep! Well, I over did the 100 mph day yesterday... or was that 100 lbs? I was feeling so good that I really pushed it and today the 100 lbs pressure seems a bit excessive.
This past weekend consisted of a couple of Blue days.....this was my view for most of the weekend as I was feet up and in no-weight -bearing mode! I also had to re-think my recuperation process and the recent instructions from Dr. Reed. It was time to change gears and customize for me.
Thoughts are things! That's an expression my mother used quite often; meaning if you visualize strongly enough it will happen. I'm visualizing wearing my right shoe; the other half of a new pair of Fitflops I just purchased online~ not a Fitflop sandal as I usually buy, but a closed lace-up boot....with red laces of course!
My recuperation journey has never been without flowers; and often two dozen roses strategically placed for me to see from my perch on the antique circular sofa in the kitchen bay window, where I spend most of my days working!
Dr.Reed said my X-ray yesterday was awesome.... that means the hardware is melding very well, and my bone break lines are just about invisible! I did a demo of walking with and without the walker and he sent me on my way...
Spring has sprung....the wisteria is about to bloom......in fact the flowers are already quite evident on the reclaimed wood pergola. I am enjoying my small enclosed garden, and in fact had my midday coffee sitting in the sun next to Hotai right in the center of the garden.
I am coming to the end of my 100 day recuperation journey and yesterday the reality sunk in that it's going to be nine months to a year until I am functioning as "normal" again..... What do I need to do to change gears (and I thought I'd be 100% by now) to embrace the healing process going forward....
The ups and downs are cycling very fast now; meaning the roller coaster ride of recovery is even more erratic as we near the 100 days. One minute we're feeling the sky is the limit and next we wonder if 100 days of recuperation will really be nine months!
Master Tung created his own brand of Acupuncture by defining his preferred points; sometimes called Master Tungs magic points! It's not that different really to the Chinese practiced for thousands of years. I rarely have more than five needles during a session which is rather different to the 20-200 needles which most people associate with Acupuncture.
If Van Gogh had been driving through Skagit Valley this afternoon he would have painted this; or rather he might have used his iPhone, as I did and shared it with all his friends via instagram! Spring has arrived or so it seems, if you judge Spring by color and not temperature.
It would appear the fear of litigation is so prevalent that some medical groups discourage anything beyond the most superficial relationship with your Doctor. I'd always been led to believe that Doctor and patient working together can increase the success of the outcome of any medical procedure or process.
When you discover a little red bench like this in the woods.....you feel like stopping and going no further. My day today didn't have a red bench in it....it was a day pushing things to the finish line, and unfortunately no time for relaxing!
These Mount Vesuvius muffins were created by a designer. The very same designer featured in one of my most popular posts "The Icing On The Cake. These muffins were featured in a special breakfast celebration for the 40% mark of my recuperation journey.