Anyway, I have been completely spoiled by friends and family during my recovery from ankle surgery. From flowers sent by both my parents and Helen:
Not the greatest shots of either, but hey, I was on crutches and woozy! Still, they were both so pretty and I loved them!
To the bag of goodies Kelly brought me, all to help me get back to running, and of course the basket of presents from my mom that I have been opening once a day (ok, once day I opened two):
A wide variety of fun! Also opened (and consumed) was a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans.
I am loving the fake mustaches! We will have to do a fun family shot with them come Thanksgiving. And you know I'm dying to try out the glasses and clown nose on Paco!
Love these earrings! I wore them to my doctor's appointment on Wednesday. Nothing like a new pair of earrings to make you feel good!
Hat from Kelly, socks from my mom...it's like they KNOW me or something... :)
To the cards, emails, comments, texts, and even well-wishes from the Queen:
Queen Sophie, that is! I hope to have an audience with her next time I'm in California. Oh, and visit with her mom, too!
Even my pool buddy, Nancy, has been calling, and the other night she came by to take me out to dinner. I answered the door and she was holding one of those energy-efficient light bulbs in her hand...I thought, wow, that's a different get-well gift! Then I got a closer look:
It's a stress ball! She said she (rightly so) figured I could use it.
All of this has been wonderful and I've appreciated it so, so much!
Ankle update: My visit to the doctor was a whirlwind as usual. I chose this doctor because of his reputation as an expert with ankle issues, but he is all business and a fast-talker. Luckily I had my friend Erica in the exam room with me, and afterward, she wrote down his timeline for me because we were getting confused. So the good news is that it's looking like it's supposed to, which is bruised and swollen. I'm still in the boot, although he said I could stop using the crutches. Which I did, but boy howdy, it really hurt. So for another few days, I'll still use them. I am to continue to rest the ankle for another two weeks, and then, around October 26th, I can swim! Yay. At the moment, I still can't drive, because of the boot, and even if I tried it without the boot, what if I had to slam on the brake? Not a good scenario, so I'm pretty much confined to the house, which is (mostly) OK, since it keeps me resting.
I can go for a brisk walk at the six week point - which is November 15th - and YES, that date is marked on my calendar! If, the day after said walk, I wake up with no pain, then I can slowly start adding some running intervals in! Woot woot!!! I am excited about that...BIG TIME. Fingers crossed that this timeline all works out.
OK, if you are squeamish, now is the time to stop scrolling.
Here's what my leg looked like on Wednesday, just after the stitches were removed:
I was surprised to see where the incisions were - the one on the right was where the camera went in, and the one on the left was where the instruments went in. Erica said that it looked like a giant snake bite!
Swollen and bruised on my foot and even going up my shin. No wonder it hurts!
Nifty surgery shots - the doctor gave me my own set. He also went over each shot with me, but quite rapidly, so I'm not much help in deciphering these:
All kinda gross, if you ask me!
Close up of my damaged cartilage - he said that it's not too bad.
This is where he ground down the bone spur - said that it was impinging on the other bone, basically rubbing bone-on-bone because the cartilage was worn down. He seems to think that this will solve all of my ankle problems - I sure hope so!
I never thought that, last January, I'd be recovering from surgery, but at this point if it gets me running again, it will have been well worth it.
Have a great weekend!