Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happiness


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 53: Damn Foreigners

Nothing remarkable has happened in the days since my last post, but I thought should update.

I am walking around my house without the crutches. Walking with the crutches feels exactly the same as walking without them, so I only use the them outside the house, for speediness, and to send people a warning that something is wrong with my feet, if they don't see the two big boots I am wearing.

My feet aren't swollen at all, and they don't get swollen even after standing/walking for a while. Nor are they painful. The outside of the big toes still feel a little numb to the touch, but way less than they did a few weeks ago. The scars are looking the same as the previous post. And with physical therapy sessions twice a week, these toes are starting to bend.




















This left toe is stiffer than my right.





































Using all of my brain and muscle power to bend these:















The only thing that is bothering me right now, is that my feet feel foreign. Not all the time, but only when I put a little weight on them outside of the boots. I am not standing in this photo; I am sitting with my feet lightly pressed to the floor:

In this position, the skin feels a bit tight, and I feel like I have pebbles imbedded in the balls of my feet just south of the big toes. And the left foot feels like it has a bigger pebble than the right. I am guessing these are my sesamoids that I am feeling. I think that these new feet will need some breaking in before I get used to them. Which I can't do yet, as I am still bound to these boots. I'll reserve further judgment on these feet until I can actually walk normally.

Honestly, I will be happy if I can fit into some PF Flyers comfortably without busting out the sides.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 42: Lazy Bones

I've started several posts in the last few days, but I didn't really have much to say. I figured that I would wait until my 6 week post-op appointment. I had that today, so I finally feel like I have a post worth posting.
 
My feet are looking pretty good on the outside. The scars are healing nicely.




















But it's the bones that are more important at this stage, though. And well they are doing just ok. The big toe fractures are healing on schedule, but the little toe fractures are a bit behind, so I am stuck in these boots for another 3 weeks, with my weight mostly on my heels. I am a little bummed, because I was expecting to be full weight bearing by now.

I've looked back at the past couple weeks and wondered what could have caused this slow down (if anything). And after thinking about it for some time, I've concluded that it's my diet. I wasn't eating terribly unhealthy, but I was waking up a lot later, eating less, and eating less good stuff for a while. Then, of course, there was the trip I took last week to Kansas. It is impossible to go to the Midwest as a vegetarian and expect to eat a balanced diet, especially when the vegetable options are potatoes or corn, and the only lettuce they have is iceberg with dressing options like Ranch and Dorothy Lynch (both of witch I hate).  Let's just say my little sister (also a vegetarian) and I got some weird looks when we asked for no meat, or lemon wedges in place of dressing because balsamic vinegar and olive oil wasn't really an option either. It is amazing that I survived there for 10 years during my childhood, because I didn't really eat meat then either.

On top of all that, I drank more soda that I usually do, and I had coffee for the first time in months while on vacation (only two cups in five days, so it probably isn't a big deal, but still . . .) I couldn't go to the grocery store by myself, and my boyfriend who doesn't like to grocery shop had to go for me. I never knew what I wanted because Mikey was too busy working on his art installation to cook, so we ended up eating burritos a lot. Man, it was a lot easier for me to eat healthy when I was working because I got a free, healthy meal, and I had a nice routine that good food just fit into.

All that is going to change for the next three weeks though. It is now a lot easier for me to get around, so I can go to the grocery store with Mikey, and I can stand up for long periods of time so I can cook for myself. I just need to shop for the right foods and not eat the rest of the tasty chocolate pecan pralines that are still in the cupboard. Things that I need to consume to help with bone healing: calcium, vitamin C, protein, vitamin K, and I need to take my multivitamin every day (oops). Things to avoid: caffeine, chocolate, sugar, and salt, plus things I don't consume anyway such as red meat and alcohol. The hardest thing for me will be chocolate, but I think I'll be fine without it for a few weeks.

I obviously don't have a control group to prove any of this, and I don't know what would have to happen in three weeks to make this experiment seem successful, but I like the idea of having some control over my body just by what I put into it. Plus, I will be eating healthier than before, and that is always good.