Skip to main content

My Story And Recovery Steps To Fractured Foot

I HAVE WANTED TO WRITE THIS POST FOR A LONG TIME...

And now I am doing it... only after three long years!   Yes, procrastinating is the word and I am a super procrastinator if there is such a word... LOL...

Now looking back, I can still remember the "helplessness" and the "frustrations" I feel during the first three months of being an invalid in my own home.   For the first one month I was "recuperating" and wheeling around the UK, thanks to my son who managed to change my mind for not forfeiting the trip at the last minute.  *Fractured my leg two days prior to my Europe trip*  ... His words of comfort still lingers in my mind till today... "If you don't come, who will look after you at home?  At least when you come over, I will be around with you for the next few weeks."  With that assurance, I "flew" over to Scotland via Amsterdam the very next day....

Oh, sorry, this post is not about my travel trip on wheelchair bound... those posts on traveling by wheelchair were published two years ago... in October 2015... 

This post is about the recovery stage and what steps to take for faster healing on the broken ankle... 
At home I used these.... I mean upstairs.... I used the four frame stand upstairs...
And I used the wheelchair to move about when I am downstairs...
So how do I go down the stairs?  I used my Ass... or should I say Buttocks?
Yes, I went down the stairs by sitting on my buttocks and then using my hands to glide me down step by step... needs a lot of patience... and at the same time, my arms then was very solid.... not flabby-flabby like now... LOL... 

Doc told me to do surgery but I rejected, so healing would be very slow, he told me.... If do surgery, I can walk after a month, no surgery, it will take much much longer... No, I didn't want to be hopping around or being wheeled around...I want to walk... and after three frustrating months, I felt like a baby again... learning how to walk... Funny, but it is true... Fear of putting injured my leg forward, fear of hearing the "cracking" sound if I step forward... 

OK, cutting my post short, I started to "glide" using the 4 frame walker.  Start off with gliding and slowly lift my leg slightly higher... and higher till I managed to walk holding the frame.  The foot felt very numb then.. but don't worry, just keep on doing this exercise, walking up and down the hall.

When I gained more confidence after days, I used the two clutches.... up and down the hall I walked... 

More confidence gained, I used one clutch instead of two.... and eventually last step, I used the walking stick with the four legs beneath... just for balance in case.... 

All these happened within the three months..... and slowly I walked just using the walking stick.. and that is not all... I must regain back the flexibility of the ankle... it was still very stiff even after I walked... something need to be done and I googled again for recovery process.  This exercise below is effective.
Started with a piece of cloth which allows me to grip easier... 
Do that as many times as possible each day.... 
I didn't want my ankle to just lie stiff and lazy.... 
When the leg is more flexible, do it on a piece of tissue.. 
Grip, release... grip and release... 
And in no time, the veins and nerves or whatever is inside..
They are more flexible and relaxed... 
Phewww.... 
Slowly.... steadily...
All was good in a matter of four months... 
Lesson taught:  Don't walk with eyes straight...
Must look down too especially there are curbs and steps...
They shouldn't be taken for granted...
And get a good pair of anti slip sandals..
Invest in a good pair... 
And refrain from high heels if possible!
*especially at my age*

Comments

  1. Yes, at our age, we have to be very very very careful. One fall and that may be IT! Lucky you, can get a second chance.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Could feel your frustration. But glad you are fine now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is wonderful advice, Claire! I don't blame you for not wanting surgery...there are always some risks. So you are very patient and clever in the way you got around.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm glad you shared this post because it is good knowledge, who knows just in case, but hope not lah hah..hah... Now I also not just look in front but also on the ground ever since I suffered from slipped disc. During that time, it made me realize that I took so many things for granted. I started to notice that steps, uneven pavement and elevated pavements can be such a challenge!

    ReplyDelete
  5. It is better to go the natural way of recovery rather than go for surgery, wise choice!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I remember your leg injury so well and thought what a crazy woman who could still tour Europe against all odds. You really inspired me.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thank you, readers!

Popular posts from this blog

Two Dishes One Soup Dinner

AUNTIE'S SIMPLE COOKING... for dinner on one evening.... Defrosted a piece of cod, my last piece in the freezer besides another few more pieces of other types of fish.  I think I consume the most fish this year, never bought so many types of fish before.  Maybe it is made easier for me this year cos of the online shopping at Gracious, cleaned, vacuumed and free delivery above RM50.   My last piece of cod.... A plate of greens called Yau Mak...  Not so sure what it is called in English And chicken herbal soup....  My complete meal for one evening....  As usual, I do not take much rice... Or perhaps I did not take rice at all for this meal....  LOL... 

A Short Stay At Fatima Hospital

TWELVE DAYS SINCE my last post.... I was admitted to the hospital last week for heart palpitations and was under observation for two nights.... Thank God all is well now....  And it is still all about food... this time from the hospital... LOL...  For breakfast 2 slices of bread... oats and milo.... I opted for porridge during one lunch.... And for dinner....  Wanton noodles for breakfast before I was discharged.... This was attached to my body to monitor the palpitations....  And the doctor whom I have chosen without recommendations... I saw the hospital profiles on the doctors  And I chose him because of his cheerful profile picture.... Yes, indeed he is what he looks... And I feel better after that... LOL... 

My White Elephant

WHITE ELEPHANT.... still laying on my table for two months I think....   My friend groomer is not free these days, my poor Labby badly needs her hair cut and leaving no choice, I ordered the grooming shaver online.  I thought it would be easy to install the shaver to the appliance and till today, I am still at my wits end on how it is fixed.  My friend gave me a tip... check out the Youtube, she said.  Yeah, how come I did not think of that.....  But till today, I have not even touched it and my poor furry member will have to wait till this Mama has her right mood to do it.   My own hair also badly needs a hair cut and with the high Covid cases each day, I guess I have to tolerate for another month with my unruly hair..... or perhaps I can make use of this clipper on myself before I use it on my furry member!  LOL.... Crazy me! Still standing nicely on the table....  Still looking at the gadgets.... and not doing anything about them... I am happy with this dish....  Better looking afte