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Fitness Friday: Ankle Rehab Kit

It’s hard to believe that 6 1/2 weeks have passed since I suffered this ankle sprain. I truly thought that I would be walking without crutches by now, but alas, I still can’t bear my own weight on the ankle. Crutches have become my constant companion. I’m definitely going to need to see a chiropractor after I get off the crutches as I know it’s messing with my alignment.

Ankle rehab kit

The good news is that I am able to put some weight on my ankle without the sharp pains shooting up my ankle/leg. It’s progress. I also found myself driving for the first time this week as Munchkin needed to get to her college classes, and she doesn’t have her driver’s license yet. It takes me some time to get in and out of the truck, but I’m able to drive which is a good thing. I knew that driving would be okay thanks to all of the ankle exercises that I’ve been doing over the last few weeks.

I have put together my own little ankle rehab kit for my at-home physical therapy. I still have a couple of things that I want to eventually add once I’m able to bear my own weight on my ankle, but for now, this kit serves me well.

Ankle rehab kit

My ankle rehab kit contains a stretching strap, exercise band, muscle roller massage stick, porcupine massage ball, yoga block, and a fitness foam roller. Of course, I also have my yoga mat and yoga towel.

The muscle roller massage stick helps with circulation in my leg. I can use this while sitting still which makes it a little easier to use than the fitness foam roller. The fitness roller works a little better due to the knobs on it as it really gets in a little deeper into the muscles, but it requires a lot more movement on my part. I use the muscle roller massage stick multiple times a day on my leg.

The use the stretching strap for working on ankle flexibility while the exercise band is use to strengthen the ankle. Because of using these two items, I knew that I would be able to drive. I also use these guys multiple times each day.

The porcupine massage ball keeps the circulation going in my foot. It also helps with the aches and pains that tend to come with not using your foot for long periods of time.

The yoga block is all about gradually stretching out my ankle. It’s much safer than using the stairs (which we don’t have). I’m slowly – very slowly – gaining a little more range of motion.

Right now, I’m trying to find the balance between the pain that comes with rehab and too much pain that signifies needing to back off. It doesn’t do me any good if I make things worse, but I also need to keep pushing in order to get better. I can’t wait to get off these crutches, so I continue to work hard with my rehab while being mindful of my limitations.

A New Chapter: Our College Girl

Munchkin's book from her first semester of college.

I can’t believe our baby girl is now a college student. Yes, she’s currently attending school locally, but it’s still a huge change for us.

She’s working on some “basic” classes for her future geology major with biology minor. Her first semester of college includes Chemistry, Trigonometry, College Composition, and Physics. It’s certainly not an easy first semester, but she’s motivated to do well as she knows it will help her with her future plans. It’s not a load that I would have wanted to take right away. 😉

So far, she’s attended Chemistry and Trigonometry classes and likes her professors. I’m very thankful for this. Hopefully her other two professors will also be good.

The nice thing about a community college is that you have a wide variety of students which makes her feel more at ease. I know there will be some adjustments as she learns some new skills and refines other skills. Since she’s still living at home, it allows the transition to college life to be a little easier. She can focus on her college studies without the added craziness that comes with living in a dorm.

All too soon, I’m sure our baby girl will be heading away to college, but for now, we’ll enjoy the time that we have with her.

It’s interesting having both Daddy and daughter in college at the same time. I know that they will encourage each other on those nights where homework gets frustrating and tedious. I enjoy seeing them both working and studying while sitting on the couch together. Precious memories are being made.

Fitness Friday: Fighting Frustration


Fighting frustration while going through high ankle sprain rehab

4 1/2 weeks have passed since I sustained this ankle injury. I’m still on crutches. I’m still unable to bear my own weight. I find myself constantly fighting with the frustration that comes with being seriously limited in what I can and can not do. It’s especially frustrating when I know we only have a little over a week before Munchkin starts college, and we haven’t had the chance to do those fun activities that I wanted to do this summer. Not to mention, I have to be able to drive her to school as she doesn’t have a driver’s license yet – no pressure.

I know improvements are being made as I’m able, with some assistance, to get my ankle to 90 degrees and move and bend my foot. The swelling has gone down more, and I don’t have as many sharp pains. Thanks to the help of my new Active Life Therapeutic Comfort Creme that I received to review, the stiffness and throbbing pain has seriously decreased.

I did have to laugh the other day as I was just commenting on how my ankle was looking better. Then, my neighbor stopped by and commented that my ankle looked horrible, really swollen, and purple. lol! I guess looking better all depends on your perspective.

I’m working on getting more flexibility using a stretching strap. I’m working on being able to move my ankle more by writing the alphabet with my foot. Exercise bands allow me to slowly work on strengthening my ankle little by little. I continue to use the porcupine ball to help relax my foot. I’m slowly adding more flexing to my routine.

I need to start doing more upper body exercises as I’ve lost a lot of the muscle that I worked so hard to get prior to the injury. I think that I may be able to start doing some planks this week since I’m not experiencing as much pain in may ankle. I just won’t use that ankle while doing the planks. We’ll see what this week holds.

Wordless Wednesday: Constant Companions

Please give me attention says Wiley

Wyatt trying to get me to focus on him instead of the computer.

Wiley making sure Wyatt didn't get all of the attention

These two have been my constant companions during this whole ankle injury thing. I don’t think they mind me having to rest as they like keeping me company. Of course, they are forever trying to get more attention from me.

Patterns of Evidence Exodus DVD Review

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a sample of the product in exchange for my feedback on the documentary.

Patterns of Evidence Exodus DVD Review

About Patterns of Evidence: Exodus:

For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.

The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

Releases on DVD August 4, 2015
Run Time:  119 minutes

Special Features:

  • Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
  • Behind the Music
  • From Film to Book
  • Additional Books and Resources
  • Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
  • Trailers

Genre:  Documentary
Rating:  NR


My Thoughts:

As Christians, we believe the Bible is true. I know there are a lot of people out there, even Christians, who don’t believe that the Bible is historically accurate or that it’s just a bunch of stories that are meant to teach. I personally do not understand how a Christian can’t believe the Bible is true or how a Jew would believe the Torah is just stories. It truly baffles me, but it’s becoming more and more prevalent in our society.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus takes a look at the Biblical account of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt as well as the archaeological evidence of a mass exodus. There are many interviews with experts on both sides of the debate. Viewers will see how the bias one brings when studying can play out in interpretation of the evidence.

I enjoy documentaries and found Patterns of Evidence: Exodus to be very interesting. The quality of the video is excellent. The visual timelines are very helpful in understanding the data being presented. I like how both sides of the debate are presented. The evidence shows that the events in the Bible took place. What is actually in question is when the events took place. A lot of information is presented, and, to me, it stresses the importance of doing your own research. You need to search for the truth.

Learn More:

Twitter: @PattofEvidence
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatternsofEvidence?fref=ts
Official Website: http://patternsofevidence.com
Official Website to Purchase: http://shop.patternsofevidence.com
Blog featuring interviews with director Tim Mahoney and an article by Anne Graham Lotz:  http://patternsofevidence.tumblr.com