Friday, January 13, 2012
The night before last I stubbed the toes on the left foot. I made a graceful entry into the bathroom in the dark. The door jamb came out of nowhere to provide the crushing blow.
It was a long time before I fell back to sleep. When I awoke, it felt fine. I only wondered if it would be painful for ambulation. I soon found out.
That was the most pain I've had in over 30 years.
I hobbled to the living room on the right foot and left heel. I usually give the dogs fresh water and so many other things. The iPad 2 was next to the sofa, where I had put my legs up in the recliner. I turned to SparkPeople. There is an A to Z health topics under Health Conditions.
I thought of sprain, as I had tapped on the toes and not had worse pain so I did not feel anything was broken.
I am a nurse, but no one knows everything. It is also more difficult to remember what to do while you are experiencing pain.
Well, sprain explained different degrees of sprains, how long it might last and what to do for the area. It has the brevity or depth on your health concern. It has the added benefit of spark points.
I followed the instructions for R I C E and ibuprofen. I called off work and asked my husband to assist in setting me up with everything I might need around me. Three TV trays, three pillows, food, drink, phones, electricity, tv controls, and everything else I could think to pester him about. I had a stool with wheels to get to the bathroom. He brought a freezer pack in a towel with an ace wrap. After he fed me he supplied a naproxen. Within an hour, the pain had eased up. The trick was going to be resting the foot for the day. He left for work and I was on my own for the day with the dogs. He returned 13 hours later, tired.
That rest worked pretty well. I was able to get up and go to work today. It hurt, but nothing like yesterday.
The only exercise I did yesterday was upper body with weights while I sat on the stool. That stool allowed me to get to the kitchen too. Too bad... Movies and food, mindless eating...
That was that. Now is now. Thanks SP.