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Last night when I went to bed, my ankle had swollen to twice the size it was when it came out of the cast. This morning, the swelling had gone down, but it was still noticeable enough for Rutger, my physiotherapist, to give me a telling off...although he did it in the nicest possible way.

It all comes down to, I suppose, my interpretation of the phrase 'take it easy' my medical advisors like to bandy about so much. Why can't they just tell me to 'stay off it', if that's what they mean?

The technician responsible for putting people in and cutting them free of their casts gasped when he saw what I'd done to his handiwork. I'd almost completely worn away the plaster sole on my cast. I didn't like to wear the protective shoe indoors; and because it was a walking cast, I walked with it. But I didn't go out all that much, and if I did, I didn't go far!

So when I arrived for my appointment at the practice, Rutger was amazed to see me walking (fairly) normally, like I hadn't just come out of a cast. But it's been 24 hours! He should have seen me yesterday, when I was walking home from the hospital. I went at a snail's pace, and had difficulty controlling and coordinating my steps. He tells me I ought to have taken a cab, but it was such a fine day and I was curious to see what I could do. He tells me I'm pushing it; I tell him I'm merely testing my limits.

Because he's made me promise to rest it for the next 5 days, I came home without making the detour to the hardware store I'd had in mind. I'd wanted to buy paint and do the window frames, but he doesn't want me climbing up and down ladders yet. He's a spoilsport, but he means well.

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deborahw37
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
BEHAVE!!!!
gamiila
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
I want to. Honest, I do. I just don't know how :(
anonypooh
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
behave badly then. It works for me :)
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
:-)
enigmaticblues
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It's tough to take it easy after you've been taking it easy! But it will be worth it in the long run, I'm sure.
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
Rutger has told me I need to be very careful with my ankle for at least another 6 weeks. If I'm not, and the ligaments snap, there won't be anything anyone can do becuase there's simply not enough material left to repair it. That's brought me up short, I can tell you! I'll be a model paient from now on.
suze2000
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
You WALKED home from the hospital? Are you insane woman? Unless it's right next to your house, there's just no reason to do that.

I actually wore my cast a lot longer than was necessary. I wasn't comfortable for the longest time without it. Just if I had to go long distances and to bed, because it felt like my foot was falling over as it was no longer rigidly upright anymore. :S I guess that's the big advantage of having a removable cast in the first place. That and I'd been able to shower properly for all that time I was wearing it (not to be underestimated).
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
there's just no reason to do that.

There was every reason to do that! I needed to know if I was alright, didn't I? And I was, sort of.

The hospital is about a mile and a half from where I live. I didn't walk all that way, but probably a fair bit more than I should have. My problem is that I have a high tolerance for pain, and a stubborn streak, and the two combined lead me to carry on beyond the point where others would give up. Or so my doctors tell me. But because no one can tell me where that point that others give up is exactly, I can't stop there, and I will go on until I myself feel I will have to give up.

I would have killed for a removable cast, esp. towards the end of my 'confinement', when I was desperate for a shower.
suze2000
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:45 am (UTC)
Removable casts ROCK!

I'm just going to wag my finger at you now, because you obviously will do what you want anyway. :)
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
They've given me a support stocking. I feel like an old lady.
diachrony
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
You are *such* a bad girl OMG. o.0

::wags finger::

Do they need to put "Remember, You Are Not Wonder Woman" in the take-home instructions?

;)
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
Actually, I think that would help...;-)
rosamundeb
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
They told you to take it easy and you WALKED home from the hospital?!?!?! How far away are you from the hospital?!
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
I don't know, a mile and a half or something? Not far. And I didn't walk all the way back; I took the tram some of the way.

But yeah, perhaps I did chew off a bit more than I could chew.
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Bite off. ;-)
rosamundeb
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
*smacks you*

Take it EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASY! That means, walk from the chair to the kitchen, not distance-walking! *G*

Okay, do I have to remind you that you can't wear pretty shoes when your feet/ankles are swollen? *stern look*
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
*smacks you*

Ouch!

I can't wear pretty shoes anyway. 'Sensible shoes' is what the man said, and 'sturdy ones!' for at least the next 6 weeks, 'or else...'

Like I said, a spoilsport.
rosamundeb
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, but... *dangles the carrot of pretty shoes*... the better you are, the sooner you can get there (eventually)! *G*

See? We know what REALLY motivates you.
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I think you may just be right! ;-)
__kali__
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
If they tell you to rest it then do as you're told! :) I can't believe you did big walking on it yesterday.
gamiila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm slowly coming round to everyone else's POV, i.e.: I've been stupid, haven't I? I just didn't think...
__kali__
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
well, if you're used to being all mobile it's not surprising really. Get the cat to pull its weight and do the housework :)
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