Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Cast off, cast on...

Yes, the plaster cast came off today! Thank goodness.... :) The swelling has mostly gone done now and my foot actually looks like it belongs to me again. It doesn't actually feel like it belongs to me, as my poor ankle is very weak, but one step (careful and well supported by crutches) at a time, eh?

The doctor I saw today was much happier with my progress over the last 2 weeks, so I don't need any more plaster (hooray!!) Instead I've got a kind of splint with little airbags inside which supports my ankle, and a very trendy and stylish* sandal with a solid sole which keeps the foot flat and prevents the bone from bending or flexing while the healing is ongoing. I do still need to rely quite heavily on the crutches but I'm able to put more weight on my right foot now and can slowly build strength back up. I also saw a physiotherapist and was given some very simple, basic exercises to encourage the ankle back towards full movement, and I've been referred to my nearest physiotherapy department for regular appointments.

It's going to take a long time till I'm 100% over this (the doctor said that it's likely I'll be aware of the break for up to 2 years, and the ankle will probably be at least 3 months in the healing), but today I feel like I'm significantly further on than I was, and that I really have made some progress :)

How gorgeous is the sandal?! But oh, it feels good to wear a sock again, for the first time in 3 weeks!

As for the casting on, I've made a start on my next scarf:

Just realised how it kind of matches the sock I'm wearing today! I always was good at coordinating my craft to my outfit....**

Inspired by Abi, I'm knitting with grey and white wool together, which gives a lovely random speckledy flecked effect :) And since it will take time to build up my mobility so papercrafting will still be tricky, and while I'm no longer confined to the sofa I do need to rest my foot regularly, I should be able to get on with this scarf fairly quickly. It does feel like it grows slowly though after the speed at which my belt got done!!

I'm so happy to be bringing you a more positive update :) I can do a little more round the house now (though I promise not to overdo it); soon I should be back at work; eventually I'll even be able to carry cups of tea again! But today, right now, I'll settle for no longer having a plaster cast :) Yay!!

* This may not actually be true.
** This may not actually be true either.

25 comments:

Jane said...

so pleased things are improving xx

helena said...

great news - may the carrying of a tea cup come soon

Kirsty.a said...

Glad you're on the mend. It was serendipity that you discovered the knitting when you did!

Angela said...

I have been told by a local podiatrist that your stylish footwear is called a Leicester Boot, because they were first developed in our infirmary.
So pleased you are on the mend

blessings x

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Yay for stylish sandals! I love the effect of using the two wools together.

debs14 said...

Hooray! Must feel so good to have that cast off. And I feel sure that he said something about letting someone else do the ironing for the next 2 years until you are fully healed ;-)

Cheri said...

Nice to hear some good news from your sofa today Mel!

Mary B said...

Your sense of humour is what keeps you going and keeps us all coming back to your blog.
So glad that progress in being made, and stylish or not it's good to see you in a sock and sandal

Sian said...

The speckled effect is lovely! hey, what about a foot warmer in that same stylish combo ?

Seriously, it's great news that you are making progress!

Mariangeles M said...

Glad to hear you're getting better :)

Miriam said...

Great news from you today. I love the colour you are knitting with.

Ladkyis said...

Oh the blessed relief of being able to scratch your foot when it itches - not that it will ever itch again unless it has a plaster cast on it.
So glad you are making progress.

scrappyjacky said...

It's certainly good progress,Mel....on the foot and knitting front.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Just playing catch up & very pleased to see that you've mastered casting-off in more ways than one!! So glad real progress is being made! :D

Karen said...

Glad you are on the mend. In answer to your comment on my blog I am enjoying Mockingjay but agree that so far the first book was the best.

alexa said...

Hurrah! Wishing I could celebrate with you :). Delighted and cheered by such good news - and you will be an expert on those needles before long. if you ever want to take up sock knitting, please let me know - there is sock wool here which needs a home!

Karen said...

Glad to hear you're seeing real progress. It is a slow process, but your positive attitude (and good care) will pay off! Love the gray and white together.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Glad to hear your foot is healing properly. Maybe you could knit a foot cozy to go over the sandal?

Missus Wookie said...

Hurrah for stylish sandals and getting to do a bit more.

Enjoy resting as well as doing - sneak in some crafting too :)

Amy said...

Awesome awesomeness Mel! Good luck with a now speedier recovery - the knitting looks great too :-)

The Mann Fam said...

So g;ad to see that your ankle has been mending. =)

gayle said...

Yay, the cast is off! And you're casting on again I see lol I am back at my knitting this week too! hurrah :)

Jo said...

It's great that the cast is off, things are finally going in the right direction :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Clara progressed very quickly once she got her cast off. Hope you do too. She's now running and playing basketball! Once she got the okay, began riding a stationary bike because there was not weight bearing, but she could start rebuilding some muscle and regain her aerobic capacity.
Rinda

Jimjams said...

You need to bling up those (that?) sandal up a bit Mel - then it will be stylish!!!
Glad things are improving!
:o)