Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making progress

Day by day, my foot gets better.  Little improvements are noticeable every day.  I am trying to stay optimistic about my recovery but it seems like time is just dragging.  I feel pretty good about what I am able to do today and then I think how long I have to wait to run and I get frustrated.  I don't see how I can wait another six to eight weeks.  Seriously, I don't see that happening. 

Sara and I went to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Saturday.  We left here at 7:00 a.m. to beat the traffic going over Hwy 92.  We were able to get there and find a parking lot just two blocks away.  We enjoyed a cup of coffee and some pumpkin bread while we waited for the booths to open up.  We walked around for a couple of hours before driving to a pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins.


Yesterday I went for two 25-minute walks with Boomer.  I had to take a tiny break half way through each walk.  It might get easier once I can wear a different shoe.  This surgical one SUCKS!  It is hard and flat, not flexible at all.  When I walk I can't go heal to toe very easily.  I get to put on a sandal or running shoe Friday.  That will be interesting.  I also started driving yesterday.  I drove to the grocery store (two blocks away) to do a little necessary shopping.  I caught up on laundry and made dinner too. 

This morning I went to Pilates.  Then tonight, I went back to the gym and used the machines for an upper body and ab workout while Keith and the girls did a class.  It is nice that I can still do some things for my body. 

I am constantly trying to bend my toe, as I sit.  Sometimes I think I'm really bending it a lot and I look down and see I'm not moving it at all.  :(  It's a very strange sensation.  The incision feels tight and dry.  I called and left a message for my doctor yesterday, asking him when I could put lotion on it and he said in a week.  For some reason, I believe it will heal better if it stays soft.  I could be wrong.  I can remove the little piece of tape tomorrow.

I got some good news from my doctor:  I can swim in 5 days!!!  I'm going crazy without getting my heart rate up and breaking a sweat.  I thought a rowing machine would be a good idea but evidently that even uses the foot too much.  I believe a punching bag would do the trick but I don't know anybody that has one.  So, swimming will have to do for now.

I went to REI Sunday to do a little shopping and received warm hugs from everyone.  I am back on the schedule starting Tuesday.  I am looking forward to being back at work and seeing everyone on a regular basis again.  We are like a little family there and I miss them. 

So, maybe it's not a lot of progress.  Or maybe it is and I don't realize it.  But I do know it's the best I can do for now.

Until later.............




 

13 comments:

Kim said...

Glad to see you are recovering and will be able to swin soon. Sounds as if things are slowly getting back to normal.

Lisa said...

I think it's amazing progress if you think about what exactly your body has to do to heal.

Swimming will be good when you can do it. :-)

Ewa said...

Don't say it is not much progress. You are healing superbly well. Time will pass fast especially with all the holidays just around the corner.
You are one tough cookie braving traffic to Half Moon Bay for the pumpkin festival.

Kris said...

Well, you're looking good anyway! Great to see you Sunday. You'll be up and about and back to your usual flurry of activity before you know it. :)

aron said...

who knew you would be so excited to get in the water ;) see maybe it will be a good thing! you are doing awesome lady, keep it up!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Hey, you're doing great, and the rest will do your body good too. Your antsiness is a good sign- that you feel ready for action. Won't be long now.

Cynthia

The Green Girl said...

Aw, I'm glad you're on the road to recovery. ::hugs::

AFib Runner said...

Looks kinda like they took some pumpkins and dumped them into a dirt field. I think California doesn't know how to do pumpkin patches.

regardless... feel better
(longtime read, first time commenter)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Keep high spirits, good things to come...

Tara said...

keep it up girl! you're doing awesome and I think you're making great progress! I'm sure once you hit the pool you'll feel even better :)

leslie said...

So happy that you're progressing so well! We WILL run together someday, of that I'm sure!

Iris said...

The post surgery picture of your foot looks awesome. Just think about how much better it will feel when you CAN run. I'm excited for you to swim!!!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

So glad you're recovering well, and by reading your fb updates, you're staying pretty active stlll, so that's great!! Keep it up girl!