Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brace Yourself

I have knitting to talk about and origami to show you and beautiful photographs of the spring scenery around here but all that will have to wait. We have other matters to attend to.

Yesterday's visit to the ankle doctor was a rousing success. Such a success, in fact, that I am wearing two shoes today! Not one shoe and a boot, but indeed two matching shoes - a pair of shoes!! For the first time in nearly a year, my right ankle is well enough to be in a normal shoe! Me and my on-the-mend, no-longer-confined-to-a-boot ankle went all over the place today (if by "all over" we can mean plain old boring run-of-the-mill weekday stuff.)
Clockwise from top left, me and my ankle (and our shoes!!) at work, standing in the grass in my front yard, dropping off the water bill, shopping at the local purveyor of pharmaceuticals (where we contemplated buying some pots and seeds and soil but then decided that fiddling with plants would only cut further into my knitting time.) We also went to Starbucks and the grocery store and all sorts of other places, where I got right in and right out of the car. (I stopped taking pictures of my feet. I live in a small town, after all.) All these errands and no stopping to take my boot off as I got in the car, no fussing with putting it back on every time I got out of the car. None of that, just in and out of the car, driving and running errands. It was wonderful.


My ankle isn't perfect and it is still going to be several months before I'm given the all clear. I still need to be careful and take tender care of it (which, by now, I know how to do.) I'm not allowed to do any running, jumping, jogging, dancing, heavy lifting, kicking, pushing, stomping etc. etc. until I see the doctor again (in July) and I will be wearing the lace up brace
for the next three months to continue nursing the cartilage repair and for the next 6-8 weeks, I still have to wear the boot for major walking (shopping at the mall, etc.)....so I'm not done and I'm not completely healed but I am out of the boot and I can move it more and it is making such excellent progress. He said the ligament/tendon repair feels very, very strong and secure and the cartilage seems to be doing well and the bone repair (done in August of last year) is completely healed. I'm so happy I want to do a little dance. I won't - not for another three months at least, but I can't tell you how refreshing it is to get good news at the doctor. It may be a little step in the right direction but it is most definitely a step - a not confined to a moon boot step!

Today's Quote:

"If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?" - Morgot Fonteyn

11 comments:

Dr. B. said...

Woo HOO! Congratulations on the shoe!! That is such great news. (Don't overdo it, now.)

I'm so happy for you. Keep up the good self-care!

Jo said...

Congratulations! That's great news. Enjoy yourself!

RC said...

Hip Hip Hurray! Excellent news! Oh, you must feel so free and light!
Just don't over do, now. But YEAH! No Boot!

Charity said...

Yay! Congratulations on the shoes! You should run out and treat yourself to a new pair, just because. Or new yarn. Yeah, definitely new yarn to celebrate. :0)

RobynR said...

WOOOOT! I second the idea of new shoes and I recommend Crocs and coordinating sock yarn.

Laura said...

WooHoo!! Congratulations you Bootless Shoe Wearing Babe You!!! heheh So wow! Cool. Do you have like one new shoe and one really worn out shoe cause it's been doing twice the work or what? :D

Kelly (in Northern CA) said...

Woohoo on the shoe! (Hey, I made a rhyme!) Is what you had done called an Evans Ankle Repair? That's what I had a few years back, worked great! Hope you're running around real soon!

Kristy said...

Hi Kelly! Are you a KNITTER in Northern CA? If so, you should email me crickitleigh at hotmail dot com.

Yes, part of what I had in January is what the call and Evan's Repair (my father had one years and years ago and asked the surgeon about it that day.) He also did two other procedures that (as far as I know) don't have a name.

Thanks for the rhyme!! :)

Kniterella said...

Yay! Since you can't run, jump, jog, dance, lift, kick, push, stomp....that leaves LOTS more time to knit. Keep healing - I'm so happy for you.

Dorothy said...

Fabulous news! I'm so happy for you that you are able to wear matching shoes again and cute ones at that. I think I would have been taking all kinds of pictures of my feet too if I were in your "shoes".

Jessica said...

Yay for two shoes! congrats.