Saturday, 9 April 2016

Stopped in my tracks

So there I was... Usual busy week, rushing here, rushing there. Another day unpacking and sorting boxes for Mum, shopping, haircut, getting ready for another cupcake Friday....


I have also been planning the possibility of directing a play for our Am Dram group, which involved attending a meeting at the other end of the village on Thursday evening. Stewart walked up with me and I happened to comment how dark it seemed up that end. So dark in fact, that coming home I managed to fall into a ditch... I really had only had one small glass of white wine... Honest! I sat in the ditch for a while until the pain in my ankle lessened... and I realised the damp was seeping through to my bum . I then stood up and promptly had to sit down again but eventually decided it was sensible to walk (it wasn't) and managed to stagger down the road to the pub where Stewart was waiting for me (Of course I hadn't remembered my phone). We ended up in A & E and it turns out I have fractured my ankle.


I won't treat you to the sight of my horrible swollen blue foot but this is the stylish fashion accessory I have to wear for the next six weeks. You'll all be wanting glamorous boots like this now! At least unlike a plaster I can take this off to shower and when I sleep. At the moment I am on lots of painkillers and feeling very frustrated by my limited mobility... I can walk with crutches but not far yet. And I can't drive for eight weeks... I am going to go totally stir crazy!


But there are books to read, knitting and crochet to finish and it will give me time to work on developing a new website, and I can catch up with a bit of blog reading too, so I'm trying hard to look for the positive. There won't be much baking going on though so enjoy this cherry bakewell cupcake while you can!

33 comments:

  1. What rotten luck, you poor thing, it sounds very painful. It might give you a chance to slow down and recuperate properly though. Enjoy the reading, knitting and Web development.

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  2. Oh Gina! What bad luck. Another friend fell over on the same road about a week ago. A black eye and lots of grazes for her. Anything I can do to help? I have a pile of lovely books you could read?

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  3. So sorry to hear you hurt your ankle. Hope it heals well.

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  4. Ouch! You are the third lady who is, shall we say, over the age of 31, who has a broken ankle at the moment that I know of! I hope your time passes comfortably and as productively as possible.

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  5. How frustrating for you Gina. Hope the enforced rest allows you to recharge your batteries. It sounds as if you have plenty of good things to help you pass the time.

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  6. So sorry. Hope your foot mends quickly. And I look forward to seeing your new website x

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  7. not pretty

    but being able to shower is a relief!

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  8. Oh Gina! Poor you...I guess you won't be directing the play after all. Enjoy finishing off the crochet and knitting. I hope the books are all great reads. Kia kaha.

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  9. Dear Gina,

    Thank you so much for saving that delicious cherry-topped cupcake for me. How I wish I lived nearby and could be helping you while you go through these weeks of recovery. How awful that just putting one foot wrong was enough to cause such damage to your ankle.

    I guess this will offer you an uninvited opportunity to experiment with a little bit more quiet in your life. It's so good that you've got a positive outlook and are already figuring out productive ways to keep busy without walking about.

    Hoping that some folks are going to be pampering you. Again, if I did live closer, I would definitely be at you beck and call.

    xo

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  10. I'm not known for my nursing abilities, or indeed, my sympathetic nature. However, if you feel the need for a little company and witty repartee, I'll be happy to oblige. I'm not helping you to the toilet though.

    PS. 'Small glass of wine' my a**e.

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  11. Oh dear, but sometimes enforced rest is a good thing.

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  12. Oops! Well more than oops really. Sorry to hear about your fall. I've had sciatica now for several painful weeks and it's worn me out. We've even gone out and bought a new mattress to see if that helps. But I've just read that having a positive attitude will help with recovery and it's great that you are looking on the bright side. Looking forward to hearing about your reading and knitting and web design.

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  13. What a painful catastrophe, but I am glad you have found some positives in it. We will look forward to seeing the results of your knitting and your updated website.
    Thank your lucky stars that you only have eight weeks to wait till you can drive again! I think the loss of my independence is the most frustrating part of my loss of vision - even though my husband is very good about driving me around! We have on of those lovely moon boots stored away too from when my husband tore his achiles tendon a few years back - and he was supposed to sleep in his - he didn't!

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  14. Not good. Hope you don't feel too frustrated. I twisted my ankle a few months back and that was bad enough...at least you sound positive. Definitely time to catch up on that reading stash. Take it easy. B x

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  15. But the foot wear is so glamorous!!!

    Seriously - ouch!! And sorry too.

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  16. Oh Gina - what a nuisance! Still - think positive - enjoy the rest and make sure you have a pile of good books to read - bliss! x Jo

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  17. Oh Gina! So sorry to hear of your fall. A sprained ankle is bad enough, without a fracture. Well I hope the sun shines gently for you as your recuperate with your reading and sit down projects

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  18. Oh, blimey, you have my sympathies. The mister here had a broken ankle (large enthusiastic rescue dog related incident involving air ambulance and emergency surgery no less!) a couple of years ago. Yes, your poor foot will take time to mend but think of all those grapes your people will be peeling for you! Take care.

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  19. Nooooo!!!! Take care Gina. It's natures way of telling you to take more time to rest?? OK, I tried.

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  20. So sorry to read that you're in the wars. I remember when I broke my wrist that not being able to drive was so frustrating. At least you're spared trying to shower without getting the plaster wet -only a contortionist can manage that satifactorily in my experience even with a plastic covering over the plaster. Good for the knitting and sewing though -hope we get some sun so you can sit in the garden.

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  21. So sorry to read that you're in the wars. I remember when I broke my wrist that not being able to drive was so frustrating. At least you're spared trying to shower without getting the plaster wet -only a contortionist can manage that satifactorily in my experience even with a plastic covering over the plaster. Good for the knitting and sewing though -hope we get some sun so you can sit in the garden.

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  22. Oh dear how annoying when you are so busy. I hope it becomes less painful soon. :-)

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  23. Oh no, poor you. I hope the pain goes soon. At least the sun should be out soon so you'll be able to knit, sew and read in the garden

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  24. I saw Jude today, and she mentioned wine and ditches....you poor thing! Things like this can happen so quickly but the repercussions can be so annoyingly long-lived! I'm sure the time will go quick enough, and you'll feel virtuous for doing things like the website, but do allow yourself a goodly amount of time to build your strength back up. It took years after breaking my wrist to be able to drain a saucepan safely! I had a plaster, so it's very good news you are spared the whole "limb in a neoprene bag" shower experience followed by itchy peeling skin when they cut the plaster off. But you have also missed the opportunity to blag some plaster bandage from the nurses - I did, for my C&G texture portfolio! It is an excellent excuse for others to do cook, clean and shop too, so make the most of that while you can!

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  25. I am so sorry to hear this news and wish you the speediest of mendings. I am not so confident that you will be stopped in your tracks because I have a sneaky suspicion that you will find a way to be busy even if you are sitting still! Take care and keep your calcium level up to help those bones mend.

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  26. Gina, sorry to read about your mishap. Maybe this is the forced time-out you need.

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  27. Computer problems today - can't reply to your email. Glad you have good support and I'm sure you will soon get into a new temporary routine. Hope the time won't drag too much for you. If I lived nearer and wasn't so busy I could be your 'gofer' - I am well qualified as I spend a large part of each day going up and down stairs and all over the house looking for things for my husband. They often turn up in one of his pockets! Life is so contrary - there you are gnashing your teeth at your enforced inactivity and it seems very appealing to me to be told not to move for a few weeks!!

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  28. Well, I'm just glad it wasn't any worse, heaven forbid! I hope you heal well and don't get too overly frustrated.

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  29. Sorry to hear your woes. When my husband had the paper shredder explode in his face, I discovered foods for healing burns contain vitamins A, C, E and Zinc (basically all required for cell metabolism). Healing bones is the same, plus calcium. Healing takes an enormous amount of calories. I stuffed him full of lemon curd, eggs, squash, carrots, chick peas, onions, citrus fruit etc. He ate 8lbs lemon curd in 3 weeks! And still lost 2lbs in weight. Eat well and heal strong!

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  30. Oh Gina, what a horrible thing to happen, but I suppose it will give you some time off from your very busy schedule. I hope the pain is easing off a bit now.

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  31. Oh No! It sounds terribly painful. Although ... I might be willing to endure if I could be surrounded by those beautiful cupcakes -- they look delicious! Enjoy an excuse to stay off of your feet -- I hope it heals quickly!

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  32. Ohh ouch, so sorry to read your news Gina and hope the swelling and pain reduces quickly and the bones heal well. How frustrating. A quick tip to make your crutches more comfortable - wrap the hand grips with wadding and soft fabric and tie round the back. It makes them softer and easier to grip. Take care.

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  33. OUCH. What a horrible accident, so painful. The cast boots are good, I have had them myself in the past, but they are very hot, and eventually drive you crazy with the monotony of having to wear them all the time. Better than a plaster cast though. I also found that the only way I could comfortably walk was by wearing a shoe on the other foot that was exactly the same height as the boot ,otherwise you end up walking lopsidedly and getting a sore back! Oh dear! 8 weeks is a long time not to drive. I am not going to admit in print that I drove wearing the boot, of course I didn't, I wouldn't have dreamt of it. X

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