You will be in an altered state for many moons...

If your Achilles tendon is ruptured, torn, or even simply inflamed with tendonitis, your life is about to change. Mine sure has - so I decided to chronicle these events, and create a place for others to share their experiences, advice, resources and emotions during our journey toward recovery.

Nothing in this blog is meant to take the place of the medical advice of your physician. Follow the instructions of your medical professionals, not me.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

Hey, it's laugh or cry sometimes, right?  So I have decided to laugh - with the added benefit of occasionally offending others!  (Woohoo!)  Just ordered this terrific velcro backed patch to adorn the RoboCop boot:

I also bought the matching T-shirt!  I plan to wear this home from the hospital following surgery - and probably every day for two weeks afterwards (though I also plan to wash it during that time as well!).

Oh, and I have implemented another brain storm I had (remember, I've been down this road before...and learned from my mistakes).  One of the most dangerous trips (and that can be taken literally) for a person in a non weight bearing cast, with crutches, to make is the trek from the bedroom or sofa across the hard tile kitchen floor.  Plus, you can't CARRY much when you're using crutches.  So...guess what I just tricked out the bedroom with?  That's right - a little mini fridge and a small microwave!  We have a use for these later so I didn't feel like this was totally decadent luxury.  Before the surgery, I'm going to put a decent sized trash can in there, a fruit bowl, some paper towels and paper plates and plastic utensils, and I'm going to stock the fridge with bottled water, individual yogurt thingies, that ramen in a cup stuff, those sorts of items.  Oh, and I'm putting the Keurig in there with me as well, along with a gallon jug of water.  This should cut down on harrowing adventures into the kitchen.

I'm also going to take a set of hand weights in there as well.  And I'm committing to exercises for every part of my body other than the right leg from the ankle down. wallowing in the bed or one spot on the sofa for days at a time.  I'm going to get up, get dressed, "put my face on" every day and park myself in an uncluttered living room for part of each day.  I think it's important for our own self image, as well as for our caretakers, to get out of our gnarly funk (and pajamas or sweats) every day.

One more thing I'm excited about - a friend of mine contacted me and asked if, while I was confined, I would make some handmade cards for nursing home residents.  Absolutely!  This already makes me feel better.

Lots and lots of people have it so much worse than I do.  Let's get this over and done with!

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