I had my foot doctor's appointment yesterday. The good news is that my heel bone is healing very well. The bad news is that just as we expected, I have strained my Achilles tendon. This means that although I can go back into the water (YES!) my foot is non weight bearing for all exercise for a minimum of 2 months. I can swim but no walking or water aerobics in the water. Since I've had back problems related to walking in the boot and had to take steroids, my 2 months rest can only begin once all steroid treatments have stopped. I have a back appointment on the 25th to see whether or not I need to have additional blocks on my back. If I do, the rest period begins on the date of my last block. This means that I may not be able to do any weight bearing exercise until sometime in the mid to late summer to avoid rupturing the tendon. The good news is that I can continue my weight routine from the bed without putting pressure on my legs and swimming or deep water exercise where my feet don't touch the bottom of the pool can be a different kind of aerobic workout for me. I also need to use a motorized cart when going someplace that requires walking. (Walking around the house is okay thank goodness!) So now it is up to me to buckle down and take care of myself. I think I'm creative enough that I can adjust to this and come out of it stronger than I was before I started. It may take a while to adjust but if I look at it as an adventure and a new way of doing something, I can adapt. It is certainly preferable to take care of it rather than rupture the tendon and go through the surgical process and rehabilitation. I will prevail!!!
I was so surprised when I logged onto SP and saw that I'm today's Pampered Princess. I am bowled over by the generosity of all of the people who wrote to me. To all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive. And, of all days too. I was feeling a little depressed because my foot has been tender the past 3 days and the doctor made me put my boot back on until I can see her on Thursday for another evaluation. It may just be that the tendons are tight from being in the boot for 5 weeks or it may not be healed enough to go without the boot. Either way friends, you all got me through this and I am ever so grateful!!! Thanks for making me feel pampered today!
I'm making great progress with my Pennies for Pampering! I had four perfect days last week! Yay me! I've been keeping my goal sheet right next to my food diary on the kitchen counter - that way I can check each thing off as I complete it! I'm going to add another goal to my list for the next two weeks as an experiment. What I'd like to see happen is for me to do some emotional growth goals. I'd like to start with giving other people clearer boundaries in a non-threatening way as my first emotional growth goal. We'll see how this plays out, as I will start out with baby steps and just see how it goes. I'll record what I do and the results in my journal every day. That way I can look at my behavior in black and white and see if any patterns develop. This could be interesting!
This morning I took the dogs for a walk and then my husband and I went out for breakfast. I was pleased that I automatically made good choices on the food that I ordered. Later we went to the hardware store and worked in the yard. Since we have family coming in this week for my FIL's 80th birthday bash, I know that time will be tight. My husband has challenged our daughter's significant other to a basketball shoot off in the park across from our subdivision. Hubby suggested that if I was up to it we could go shoot hoops. I dragged my boot back on to protect my foot and we took the dogs and a basketball over to the park. I must add that I gave hubby the basketball for Valentine's Day in hopes that we could add some exercise to our daily routine. It was a challenge for me with the boot on my foot, but I walked so much yesterday that my heel was slightly tender so I didn't want to chance it. I'm used to rolling up on the balls of my feet to shoot the basket. It was hilarious watching me try to maneuver to get the ball in the basket!
Hubby was rusty too and if he's going to hold on to the title of family champion, he has some serious work to do by Friday!!!! Anyway, he was so patient with me (didn't once poke fun at me) and kept encouraging me to come up with a way to shoot the basketball and get it close enough to go into the hoop. I did it!!! He was amazed! I shot 4 consecutive baskets from the right end side of the key! After about 30 minutes of laughing and carrying on, we were both pooped and it was getting a little warm outside so we bundled up the pups and headed home. We're both pleased with our progress so far. It was a wonderful day and a lot of fun! It just goes to show, you can overcome almost anything if you really want to achieve something.
Today our team did a team walk. We walked all around the Lake Bonnie Park, in Lakeland. Although we only had three people in attendance, I think that the walk was a smashing success! My only regret is that I forgot to wear my Spark People shirt. The weather was mild with a bright blue sky, sunshine and a slight breeze - perfect for walking. We walked the 1.3 miles in about 35 minutes. I'm pumped and ready for our next team walk!