Side Note: Hey friends, I kinda hit a speed wobble this past week – a lot is happening on a personal level in my life and I just suddenly became very overwhelmed. Needless to say my body kicked in with tummy cramps, a mouth infection and just altogether “calm the heck down, Meg” symptoms. I listened to my body and took some time to rest and strategise a new game plan. Clearly wanting to do everything all at once, right now, is just not feasible in these kinds of situations. I promise to update you once I know all the facts, but its huge news – life changing stuff, and as much as it is exciting, it is terrifying as well. Also, why is it when you are most stressed with a life change, people then decide to bombard you with questions even you haven’t had chance to think of? Talk about a way to panic an already anxious person out!
Any way, that is my life at the moment. But let me tell you what is happening with my ankle! Last month I rolled my ankle while attempting to run a park run. I pull some ligaments in my ankle and it caused so much pain and swelling. It had happened the previous month as well, but this time was a lot more serious – so I have taken it very seriously.
The first two weeks I walked around with crutches. I put no pressure on my sore ankle and didn’t even drive those first two weeks. I have worn an ankle brace to protect and support my ankle from day one. In the third week, I started physio appointments twice a week, and followed the exercises she gave me to the letter. Its been nearly 4 weeks of physio and exercises – zero running. Last week I was given the go ahead to remove my brace more frequently, and to walk around the block (with the brace back on). I can’t tell you what a sense of accomplishment going for a walk was! I was thrilled to bits.
This week I have walked twice and slowly picking up the distance I can walk. I walk quite cautiously, sticking to the pavement, or flat surface of the road. I avoid even the slightest bumps in the road – I am still terrified of hurting myself again. But my ankle is feeling stronger. It is still quite stiff in places – some stretches feel awkward and strained. But for the most part, I am slowly making my come back.
It will be six weeks tomorrow since my accident. Technically I have 2 more weeks to go with the brace and physio treatment – I will have to see what my physio thinks but I still see a fairly slow, long road ahead of me. I can’t see myself doing a big run for a few more weeks. Only time will tell. All I can say is that I am super keen to get back to running, I am ready to come back stronger than ever but I also don’t want this type of thing happening to me again. I have learnt some valuable lessons on this journey – and I will share them with you soon.
For now, let me head out for another walk around the block, breathe in the fresh air, feel the soft cushioning of my new Brookes, and be thankful that I have healed this well so far.
What life lesson have you learnt from an injury?
Let’s get fit, happy, healthy
~ Meg ~
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