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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.

 

You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado

Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Review of You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

In the movie A Few Good Men, Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) has a classic line that I’m sure many of can relate to at some point in our life. “And the hits keep on coming” is a phrase that my sister and I would utter whenever life seemed to keep handing out hardship after hardship. It was a way to try to keep light-hearted when we felt anything but light-hearted.

We’ve all been through some sort of trial in our lives. If you haven’t had any trials, you will. It could be a death in the family, job loss, health issues, relationship troubles, or any combination of those. No matter what it is, it can be hard to focus on the good when all you can see is the bad. You start to wonder why you need to deal with these things. Why can’t life be easier?

In You’ll Get Through This, Max Lucado gives encouragement to those going through hard times by using examples from the Bible as well as stories from people in his life. He shows how evil can be used for good even if we can’t see it at the moment. He goes through the trials that Joseph went through, the temptations he faced, the heartache he endured. Through all of that, he still kept his faith in the Lord, and, in the end, not only was he blessed, but he was also able to bless others.

Max explains that it’s okay to get frustrated and cry out to the Lord. He gives examples of different individuals in the Bible that called the Lord out and questioned why that had to endure such pain. He shows how some people he has known personally have gone through horrible circumstances in their lives and came out okay in the end.

There isn’t really anything new presented in this book, but I do believe that it can still be an encouragement in times of struggle.

Side note: I began reading this book shortly before I was injured and subsequently put on bed rest, so there was some irony in the timing of this review. 😉

I sustained an ankle injury shortly after starting to read You'll Get Through This.

Book Description:

You fear you won’t make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

In You’ll Get Through This, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers sweet assurance: “Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere.” Throughout readers will explore the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 – what Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good, even if it isn’t quick and painless for us.

About the Author:

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718031512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718031510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Retail Price: $16.99