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My Foot's Healing (update)


So, I had the staples removed on day 10 post-op.




 The x-ray showed the healing had begun! I was to return to the surgeon in three weeks to check how things were.

When I went at four weeks post-op, the x-ray showed my bone was about halfway re-connected. The biggest part still broken, but it was great to see the progress. Goofily, we forgot to take pics of the x-ray, so I can't put it up here, but it really is helpful for me to remember what it looked like if ever I am tempted to walk where and how I have been told not to. The visual aid is extremely helpful.

I am "toe-only" for another four weeks... weight off the foot... and then we will re-evaluate from there. He says even when I am able to put weight on it, I will need the boot on for at least another 6-8 weeks... perhaps longer. sigh

I have another monitrice client who is due right now and I have strategized how to attend to her with my little rolling walker (the Rollator) and since I'm doing home monitrice care, I have a "kit" with my gloves, doppler, gel, BP cuff and thermometer to put in my little basket and wheel it around with me. Happily, the house she's in is wheelchair accessible, so none of the doors or steps are an issue.

I've also started "exercising" (I hate that word, so am mentally changing it to the words "play" or "movement") with exercise/Pilates bands and two-pound weights. I was a total bump on a pickle and then thought, "For crying in a bucket, there are wheelchair athletes. They find ways to build strength and huff and puff with aerobic activity! I can, too." So, Sarah went and got me the bands and weights and I have "worked out" for three days now. I really love being able to put the band on my casted foot and move my thighs and hips. Freeing! It isn't Wii-ing, but it is great to move, nevertheless.

Being a captive in my own home, I have taken to watching Oprah. Hating commercials, we DVR it and watch it together at night. For those that don't watch, she has started something called "Living Your Best Life" and on her show last Monday was Bob Greene and his book "The Best Life Diet." Sarah got it for me, and the cookbook and journal and I sped through the main book, loving what he has to say. Immediately, I changed my diet and began the movement and already I feel much better; and it's only been three days!

See, I've had about 25 years of pretty decent therapy. There was no way to work that long and not have weight come up about 800 times, but I didn't really look at the issue until now. The way Bob Greene explains "emotional eating" - this time I got it. His words about delving into the discomforts of one's life hit home... deeply. I was able, for the first time, to put down on paper what issues bug me and, ultimately, drive me to eat. I don't know if this is THE key, but it certainly is a huge part of the puzzle.

Also, January's issue of Oprah Magazine "O" has great articles about self-healing and experts answering the questions of "Why do we eat/drink/medicate/etc. ourselves and why can't we stop when we know it hurts us so much?" This new year feels hopeful, even with a broken foot and working hard on my practice.

Navelgazing, navelgazing... always navelgazing. I want To Know. I want to know so I can live long and healthy and see and play happily with my future grandbabies.

There is so much to do! I'll keep working hard to be healthy enough to do it all.

Reader Comments (9)

Barb...love ya! I am cracking up thinking about you and the rollator roving montrice kit. Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah in ct

I didn't even THINK of how hee-sterical I will look! I have to get someone to take a picture of me during this event. I bet it will look so funny. And yes, we gotta do what we gotta do, eh? *laughing*

January 13, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

That's so funny, I started DVRing Oprah too, same week. Makes me wish I lived in Pasadena - I think I'd like Rev. Bacon's congregation...

January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

i'm glad your foot is getting better! zoey and i miss you, i posted pictures of her on my blog, thought you might like to see them. you can steal them if you want.

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackieD

Hi Barbara,

I'm glad you're starting to get around after your surgery. I've been watching those Oprah shows too and they are pretty inspirational.

Thank you so much for posting about Dr. Wonderful. I had my first prenatal visit with him 2 week ago and he's as wonderful as you say. He gives me hope that my birth experience can be "my" birth experience. I was going to do a homebirth but my new hubby is a bit scared and I decided to do my first birth in the hospital to help him be comfortable and my next at home. Thanks again. Do you have the name of someone who can be my doula? I know there are referral sites but thought you might be able to recommend someone great.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGail

Gail... um... what about me? I'm a tad more expensive, but I am WAY worth it. :) And I don't charge for photos if you allow me to use them here and on the Ama Mama website.

Email me and I am glad to talk to you about it.

SOOOOO glad that Dr. Wonderful is there for you. He will serve you well.

Danielle - I MISS YOU GOBS! I need some Zoey lovin' something fierce. Email me/Call me/Text me anytime!

*loving hugs*


January 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Oh yeah!!! I was hoping you'd say that you'd doula. I'll email you today.


January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGail

Hey lady!

I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend. When you're ready for more strenous "play" (I hate the E word too!) check out Russian Kettlebells. They will kick your butt in a totally awesome way. Seriously, I think RKBs are one of the most empowering ways to move your body and most women love doing it! I'm sure there are lots of cool teachers in your part of the country.

Heal fast!


January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRed Pomegranate

Hey! One of the homebirth CNMs teaches this! I thought it was like a Christmas thing... you know, Carol of the Bells? I will look it up tonight. Thanks for the recommendation!

January 22, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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