Thursday, September 11, 2008

ankle updates

soup

My Ankle has been a bone of contention for almost exactly a year now, since Arun didn't force me to break it playing squash. Finally got something done about it yesterday. Surgery lasted a couple of hours, the bits of bone and scar tissue were pulled out through some wiz-bang wonders of modern gadgetry and arthroscopy. I'm told the ligament was cut off and then re-attached and I'm all splinted and bandaged together now, lying on the couch. I'm finding the vicodin is a lot of fun, but not very conducive to lucid thought. Or any much thought at all really. I keep forgetting things that I've just done, but am generally happy about the whole experience. I have the attention span of a small newt. Just about enough to keep up with Super Mario Galaxy and not much else. Getting up and down from the couch makes me dizzy and all in all it is an interesting experience that I can hopefully not repeat in a hurry. I have just about mastered the flowing, staggering, always half falling way of maneuvering with crutches.

I get the bandages and sutures removed next week, then I get moved into a solid cast for a couple of weeks. After that, a removable boot and lots of physiotherapy (I almost typoed psychotherapy there). Hopefully I can start swimming again in a month or so, get back on a bike by the end of the year and do some running into the cooler months of the start of next year. Longer term aspirations for 2009 and 2010 will probably have to wait until I find out that I can walk and/ or run again. Fingers crossed...

3 comments:

darran said...

howd you hurt your ankle man?

Gordon said...

twisted/ broke it about a year ago, playing squash. It's taken a while to getting around to getting it fixed.

Anita Jesse said...

Gordon, it's great to hear you sounding so optimistic when you are completely beaten up. Based on your past performance, this journey will provide your readers with a rich and colorful vicarious experience. Although I am sorry that you must go through this detour in life I know that while you are getting back to full health, you will take advantage of the time to learn all sorts of interesting things (once you are past the Vicodin stage). Furthermore, you are almost certain to share your discoveries. Look out, everyone. The next year will be interesting.