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Fitness Friday: Road to Recovery Part 2

Zamst Ankle Brace

I have to admit that I really thought that by now I would be able to put weight on my ankle, but alas, that it is not the case. The good news is that I am making progress.

This week, the swelling has really gone down as has the pain level. Those improvements have lead to more ankle and foot mobility which is wonderful.

Rehab is painful, but progress is being made. Flexing exercises aren’t nearly as painful, and I can flex much further than last week. I have a little side to side movement which was non-existent last week. I’m continuing to add new rehab exercises to my routine as my pain level allows.

I’m sporting new ankle hardware which will help stabilize the ankle when it can finally bear weight. I’m hoping that next week will find me able to walk at least some without crutches.

I’m working on adding more movement and stretches into my day. Going on 1 month of crutches has taken a toll on me physically and mentally, so I’m trying to focus on staying in good spirits despite my limited mobility.

Munchkin continues to make us good meals for which I’m quite grateful.

Wordless Wednesday: Glimpses of Nature

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Just a few images from around our place for Wordless Wednesday.

Fitness Friday: Road to Recovery Part 1

High Ankle Sprain at 2 Weeks

It’s been roughly 2 1/2 weeks since I suffered my high ankle sprain. I’m still on crutches and unable to put any weight on the ankle. It’s been a frustrating time, but I am making some progress. I’m able to bend my toes. Don’t laugh, but that was actually a really big deal for me. lol!

Going off the pain meds means that I can now think clearly, but it also means that I’m in more pain. It’s made sleeping a bit more difficult. Finding a comfortable position is not always easy. I definitely tire out a lot quicker due the pain and not having the regular fitness activity.

ClubFit Foam Roller

I’ve started with some basic therapy that includes using the exercise bands, the porcupine massage ball, and the ClubFit foam roller (review item). I’ve also been using the tens electronic pulse massager which has helped a lot with the stiffness and aches that come with not being able to move around a lot.

While physical therapy is painful and not exactly fun, it is critical to a successful recovery. I know I have a long road to recovery ahead of me, but I wasn’t expecting to still be on crutches at this point. I didn’t realize how much of a difference there is in recovery time between a regular ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain. It also doesn’t help that it’s a grade 2/3 sprain. :(

I had an allergic reaction to the splint, so I had to take it off a little earlier than recommended. Because of this, I’ve been relying on an ace wrap which helps with the compression aspect, but it’s not that great for stabilization of the ankle. This week, I’m going to be getting a new brace which will hopefully help stabilize the ankle a little better and speed up the recovery.

I’m definitely looking forward to being off the crutches as it will allow me to be a bit more independent. 😉

The Importance of Teaching Your Child to Cook

Munchkin cooking

Over the years, I’ve taught Munchkin basic kitchen skills including food safety, kitchen safety, cooking, and cleaning. At a young age, she learned how to follow a recipe to create a meal or make a dessert. They were skills that I knew would be important later in life, and they came in handy from time to time when I was ill or unable to prepare a meal. Little did I realize at the time how critical these skills would become to help take care of our daily needs.

I’ve been off my feet for two weeks now, and during this time, I’ve been unable to prepare any meals. Because this wasn’t something that was expected, I didn’t have any prepared meals in the freezer except for D’s lunches. Many of our fridge/freezer basics were running low as I hadn’t made it grocery shopping yet, but we did have a decent pantry to pull ingredients from.

D’s work schedule has been fairly crazy, so all meal preparations have fallen on Munchkin. She’s preparing lunch for the two of us. Daddy usually gets home well after when we eat dinner, so she’s also preparing dinner for the 3 of us. We eat whatever she decides to made for lunch, and then I help her think of things for dinner. I basically tell her what ingredients she needs and how to put them together to make a meal. She then goes and does it.

Daddy has made a few things here and there as his schedule allows. (He made some yummy pancakes and nachos – not together – over the weekend.) Sometimes, Munchkin makes something super basic and simple for the two of us, and Daddy just makes himself hotdogs or sausages as our meal won’t fill him up.

I’m not sure what we would be doing if Munchkin had not learned the basics of working in the kitchen. We’d be seriously out of luck right now. When you’re gluten free, you can’t exactly order in every night. Well, around here, you can’t do it at all. Plus, because she’s able to cook, we can stick to meals that we like and are, generally speaking, good for us. It was a good reminder to me that I shouldn’t put off teaching basic skills to my girl.

While Munchkin is totally ready for me to get back to preparing meals, I know that she’ll continue to make us good food until I’m able to get back on my feet and back into the kitchen.

Thankful Thursday: Bed Rest

I am so thankful for my husband and daughter

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a Thankful Thursday post, but I really needed to focus on my blessings today.

I’ve been on bed rest for a little over a week now. Due to the pain and meds, I’m not really able to focus on reading which is my normal go-to when I’m sick and not able to do anything. I’m frustrated with not being able to do even the simplest of tasks at this point in time. Needless to say, I’m feeling annoyed and out of sorts. It’s time to focus on the good rather than the bad.

Munchkin has pretty much taken over all of the cooking responsibilities. To say that I’m grateful that she’s willing to cook our meals is an understatement. We’re low on food since I haven’t been able to do the grocery shopping for the last couple of weeks, so with a little help, she’s gotten a little creative with meals. Since I’m unable to carry anything due do the crutches, she’s been bringing me not only meals but also all of my drinks and snacks. She’s been great about doing what needs to be done around the house without complaint. She’s not always thrilled with it, but she’s insistent on taking care of me. :)

D has had a really full schedule with work and school, but he’s still taken on the responsibility of taking care of the horses and dogs in the morning. (I usually do that before he gets up and heads to work, but I can’t right now.) He’s taken packages to the post office for me and picked up feed and hay for the animals. He’s even picked up a few basic grocery items.

*****

As I was writing this post, the news came in about the Marines that were murdered, so that makes me even more grateful that D is home safe with me tonight. In light of the news, I didn’t finish writing my post but rather took time to pray for the families of the fallen Marines and the other individuals who were injured during the attack.