Yup, another ankle post

by Ginger on June 19, 2015

in I'm a Disaster

The ankle saga continues.

Quick recap: sprained my ankle in March. Figured out in May I had torn peroneal tendon. Did a month of physical therapy to see if it would help.

Spoiler–it didn’t help.

And so, the order came in for surgery. Which I’ll be doing next Thursday. As in, less than a week from now. Followed by 2 weeks of non-weight bearing, then (hopefully) progressive weight bearing depending on how recovery is going for the next 4-6 weeks. I’ve been at a work retreat all this week, so I haven’t had (too) much time to freak out about it, but now that the retreat is winding down, my anxiety is ramping up a bit as I think about all the logistics (and my fears). I’m SO SO SO glad to finally have a plan, and a schedule, which has been a real frustration with this whole “wait and see” approach, but now I have approximately 5 days to catch up on the last 2 months of wait & see-ing.

I’m also trying to work through (and by work through, I mean totally ignore) my fears. Or maybe worries is a better word than fears. I’m worried we’ll do the surgery & they’ll find it’s not bad enough to have warranted it and I’m just a big ole baby. I’m worried that the cost is going to be a financial setback on top of all my healthcare related financial setbacks last year. I’m worried that it’s going to be a bigger burden on my husband than he realizes to have to pick up almost all of the slack for at least a few weeks. More minor worries include getting to the restroom while non-weight bearing and on pain killers, how to keep the 5 year old from bumping the cast the first few days, and “Stairs & your gimpy leg: a tutorial.”

I’m also pretty bummed about missing good chunk of the good stuff about summer: the fair, the beach, the pool. We were going to take J to the Legoland waterpark this year, now I won’t be able to go. A friend is getting married & I won’t be able to go. We were going to do a roadtrip, now that’s off the table. It’s just…lame. (Get it? Lame? Hahaha…yeah,ok not my best)

Anyway. The situation is what it is. We’ll figure it out (we always do), and we’ll make it work (we always do). It’ll be here fast and then it’ll be over, and then it’s just time to heal. I’m in a good situation for recovery since I work from home (I’ve been warned that elevating the foot is pretty much mandatory for the first few weeks), and N.C. will be there to help, & I’ve got some family coming in to help some as well. Plus I’ve got Netflix & OnDemand, and the internet & Twitter to keep me company.

And most importantly, this is the thing I need to do to get full use of my foot back, so let’s do it and get that show on the road. It’s easier to think about all the hassle/pain/irritation when I know that on the other end of this it’s better.

 

 

Sarah Anne June 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Oh Ginger, what a mix of crap to deal with. I hope that this surgery goes swimmingly, the healing is quicker than expected and that it all falls into place. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this though!

(Spoken as someone with a screw in her ankle from 1991, who is now thinking it might need to come out…)

Older mom June 20, 2015 at 7:28 am

So frustrating, yes, I know dealing with similar situation with knee. No surgery, but really stressed all the tendons to the max and it hurts like crazy. Can’t do this, can’t do that and likely to hurt and be swollen for a while longer. Gripe away, and hope for fast recovery. Try to enjoy the good parts, lots of time to watch movies, read, snuggle with your guys and blog. AND, someone else doing the dishes!!!! Good luck.

AJ June 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Ugh, I get it — it’s such a pain in the tush! But have the surgery and get it taken care of. I avoided ankle surgery for years and now I have really irreparable damage and it hurts all the time. If I knew then what I know now… Feel better soon!

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