Saturday, April 26, 2008
After three weeks, the leg is doing much better. I'm not doing any running, but no longer have to snivel to DH to drive me! He is a kind man and never complained.
Sun is shining today and the temperature should reach 70 this weekend. That goes along way towards healing both the body and the soul. I was able to scrub the kitchen floor, vacuum and ignore DH telling me to take it easy on the leg! I start a job in an unpstairs office in a historical building on Wednesday. Steep stairs - there was no handicap access to the offices in 1906. That should get me on the mend once I start using the leg more and the cardio once I'm healed will be wonderful!
Many of you heard this last year when I broke my arm - keep up those strength exercises! When you do traumatic injury to one part of your body, the other part is able to take over and help. I also believe it helps in the healing process. Since it seems that I'm doing traumatic injury once a year, I plan on keeping the old body supple and the strength exercises going!
I did learn - once again! - that the calories must be lower when you cannot get in the daily cardio. I know that the first few days after the injury the weight gain was water as the leg was badly swollen. Once the swelling went down, there was still one pound hanging around simply because I was eating between 1300 - 1400 calories a day while sitting with my leg up! Not a wise idea! It is off now and hopefully I've learned a lesson! AGAIN!
I have a wonderful inspiration across the street from me. My neighbor is 70 years old, an RN still working full time. She developed Shingles which almost completely incapacitated her. Pain medication has not been helping. No matter how she felt, each morning she would walk her big dog at least a mile and then back. We are talking two miles each morning, leading a big dog, in extreme pain. DH offered to walk the dog, but she said, "I have to keep moving! At my age, if I slack off I may never get started again and people are depending on me!" She will allow someone to clean for her, go to the store, etc. but insists on that daily walk!
I learned a frightening lesson about keeping the weight under control the weekend I hurt my leg. My nephew and family were here and they wanted to go out to my DD's house. She has steep steps going into the house. I laughingly asked him if he could carry 200 pounds up the steps to get me in. He told me, "I do it every day I work!" Then he winked and made me feel good when he said, 'In your case, I'd just throw your skinny butt over my shoulder and the only problem would be if your SIL locked the door and didn't let me in!"
My nephew is a "first responder" for a fire department. He said most of those calls are from someone who is so heavy they cannot get out of the tub or up off the toilet. What a frightening thought! To be so heavy that if you went down, you could not get yourself up. He said it was rarely anyone who had a serious injury or anyone who had fallen. It was simply the matter of too much weight! Scary! Hold the cheese on that hamburger! LOL!