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