Wednesday, 10 October 2012

10 Things To Do When You Have A Sprained Ankle

 
So, my friend - you've sprained your ankle. Did you do something daft, like go downstairs in the dark when it would have been so easy to put the light on? Are you feeling quite silly about that, as well as rather guilty about the trouble you've caused to your friends and family? Not to mention the fairly continual discomfort bordering on twinges of pain at times, and the frustration of being immobile for longer than you'd hoped and expected?
 
 
You're looking at this the wrong way, my friend! Dose up on those painkillers, get that foot raised, keep digging out the ice packs, and benefit from the enforced rest! Don't focus on all the things you can't do; instead, seize the opportunity to enjoy all the things you can! Such as:
  1.  Admire the multi-coloured bruising. Marvel at the different tones of purple one small area can produce. Note that the bruise starts just below your toes and doesn't finish till above your ankle. Appreciate the straight, distinct line along the top of your foot, marking the transition from pale, unblemished skin to colourful, bruised flesh. If you have a mirror handy, you may even be able to spot some interesting discolouration to the sole of your foot, too. Hours of entertainment are yours!
  2. Throw yourself whole-heartedly into the physiotherapy you've been given. How often is it that an exercise regime consists of pointing your foot up then down, wriggling your toes, and then circling your ankle round a bit? Now that's your kind of exercise!
  3. Do some online shopping. Justify it by making sure that at least some of the items you buy are Christmas presents. Feel good about getting ahead with your Christmas shopping. Then, as the packages start arriving, realise that you need to keep getting up to answer the door. At this point it may dawn on you that you didn't really think that through.
  4. Watch some of the TV you've been taping* and never quite managed to catch up with. When exactly was Sherlock on?! Or just decide to watch your DVD of The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time. As you wish... * I can't get used to calling it 'V+ing'!
  5. Discover daytime TV. Quickly undiscover it again.
  6. Exercise your ingenuity. It's not exactly easy to carry cups of tea while you're on crutches. Other items can be tricky, too. Have some fun thinking up ways to meet these challenges. (Handy hint: Rucksacks are good for things like books. Not so good for cups of tea...)
  7. Encourage The Children to become more independent. This is an excellent opportunity for them to learn useful skills such as making their own packed lunches, washing up and putting away the dinner things, cooking, doing the Asda shop, cleaning the house, earning a decent wage, driving the car, waiting on their mother hand and foot....
  8. Send some long overdue emails. Remind a few friends that you are actually still around, you are OK, and let them know what you've been doing lately during the time you were so busy that you seemed to have disappeared from the face of the earth.
  9. Make a start on reading some of the books on your towering 'to read' pile. It might be good to move some of them to the 'keep' or 'give away' piles before the 'to read' pile obscures all of the bedroom windows.
  10. Look forward to your silly ankle being better. Daydream about all the things you'll be able to do: running marathons, abseiling, mountain climbing, trekking through the rainforest, carrying a cup of tea without spilling it...
This post was brought to you by Shimelle's 10 Things On The 10th

PS Update: Thanks again for all your kind wishes! I'm seeing an improvement every day - I can (just about) get around without crutches now, the swelling has gone down a lot (I even managed to get a sock on yesterday, for the first time since it happened! I was pathetically excited lol!), the bruising is less tender, and generally it just feels so much better :) I have a follow-up appointment at the hospital tomorrow, after which I'll know more. I think mainly I need to build strength back up, it feels very weak!

20 comments:

Mary B said...

Mel only you could have thought of those 10 things and really make me laugh so much.
Glad you are beginning to feel better and that you will soon be able to carry a cup of tea to a comfy chair to drink it rather than stand at the counter trying to gulp down a scalding hot drink

Amy said...

I have resorted to using the word 'recording' as I found I was saying 'taping' all the time too!
Sounds like you are getting there, I hope the doctor has good news for you soon!

Angela said...

Like Amy I say 'recording' these days. Found you via Mise, and note you are knitting.
Please show pictures!!

get well soon - blessings xx

Mise said...

Dear me, what a shame you are hurt and what a lovely lighthearted account you've given of it.

With regard to the online shopping, would it be prudent and sensible to purchase gifts for yourself only, so that in the unfortunate event of your not being able to get to the door when the courier arrives, others would not be let down?

Here, let me carry your tea for you.

Abi said...

Oh Mel. Get better soon! I love your optimism in it all! Your post really made me smile! xxx

Sian said...

A few days out of action certainly do allow us to stop and think and catch up and muse..

..every time I visit my Mum, who has been wheelchair bound for over twenty years now, I think about her endurance. Saying "I don't know how she does it" means nothing, because of course she doesn't have any choice, but all the same..

Gail said...

This deinitely brought back memories. One of mey ten would have been -it is ok to rely on others or ask for their help. Love you ten and hope you don't need to worry about carrying that cup of tea for very much longer.

JO SOWERBY said...

Only you can make a sprained ankle sound like fun Mel. I remember those exercises well, and they were jolly painful. U need some arnica if you want the bruising to go down. Daytime tv is awful but hey u can watch old episodes of Dr Who etc. on iplayer,
JO xxxx

debs14 said...

It's funny how we all dream of having long periods of time to sit and relax, then when you get them, you want to be up and about as quickly as possible! Hope that the docs appointment brings good news and that the exercises result in speedy healing.

Ladkyis said...

One of the things to order is a cup with a lid - or use a vacuum flask to carry the tea and keep the same mug by your chair. It's good to see that you are mending slowly. I am sending you healing thoughts.

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I love your 10 things post.
Sending you virtual hugs and glad to hear your in good spirits.

Louise said...

you sound in good spirits - great post x

Ruth said...

I still say taping ... and we no longer have that facility! We have to use iPlayer or equivalent if we want to watch something we missed first time round. If it makes you feel better about Christmas, I bought Christmas cards in Paperchase today because I thought I could use them in December Daily ... but don't tell, will you?!
Great to see that you still have your sense of humour!

Missus Wookie said...

Cups of tea (of coffee for me) are a problem aren't they. Yeah for getting life skills practice - it was about that age that Ewok discovered that you couldn't rush a baked potato ;)

Glad you are resting and hope the hospital visit is uneventful.

Miriam said...

Oh I love your ten Mel, so full of optimism & amusing thoughts. Particulaly 5 &7 !!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

ah, so your daytime tv is as bad as ours? I say recording now, but giving up 'taping' was a challenge

Beverly said...

Love that in the midst of pain and obstacles you find humor :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

You forgot "decorate your crutches" with colored duct tape. That's what daughter Clara did! And, I love number 5. My sister is famous for saying "daytime TV is the reason people work."
Rinda

alexa said...

Your humourous writing has really made me smile today! You may be past the point at which the following piece of info is useful but my Mum - to get round the carrying things conundrum - cut a piece of firm mount board to fit snugly inside the bottom of a small wicker basket, and covered it with sticky backed plastic. This gave a flat surface for putting things on - she even managed to carry a teapot in it successfully. Dad uses it now, as he needs a stick for getting about indoors. Also great for taking hot drinks down the garden. Perhaps next time? :)

Jimjams said...

So funny - always look on the bright side of life, ta-da, ta-da-da-da-da :o)