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.