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Cannie's big fat ankle

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I did something to my ankle. Yesterday, in a chaotic moment (there are lots of those around here) I hurt my ankle/foot/calf. I jumped from the step of my back deck, in an attempt to grab my dog emoticon before he escaped out the back gate, which my 9 y.o. son's two (hooligan) friends left open. I landed in a little hole, my ankle rolled, I felt something tear, and I was on the ground yowling. The two (hooligan) boys quickly left, my dear son came running over to me "is something broken? do you need to go to the hospital?" and I got myself up, limped inside, managed to get my son to football practice (where he is only allowed to watch because he is still recovering from tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy) and, stopped on the way home to rent crutches because, by then, I could not put any weight on my foot. Of course, with crutches, you are supposed to put all your weight on your hands and one of mine is banged up and bruised from my fall, so, all in all, I am feeling a bit whiney (and some of that self-pity comes from the fact that I have SO much weight to haul around). The weird thing is, as I landed in pain, my first thought (after @!#$) was "there goes exercise - you won't be able to rely on that for awhile". After I picked up my crutches, I got the urge for comfort food. Then I realized I wouldn't be able to walk in to a store to buy anything so I thought of driving through somewhere. Then I told myself "oh, NO you don't!" So, I drug my sorry, limping, self home and ate some protein. I will have to be more diligent about nutrition so that (a) I can heal up more quickly and (b) I don't add even MORE excess weight. My exercise options are very limited at this point, and, as those of you who know me, know, I am devoted to exercise and lots of it involves being on my feet - hiking, walking, running, boot camp. So, today I thought of all the exercises I can still do - emoticon emoticon emoticon . A hugely swollen ankle, foot, etc is not license to sit around and grow a hugely swollen @$$. Of course, I wasn't planning on crawling around removing wood trim, either. We are having new flooring installed in our family room, and our master bedroom&closet. Thankfully, before I took my swan dive I had (with assistance from my big, strong boy) moved furniture and other items so the rooms would be clear for the installers. My husband and his brother moved the three heaviest pieces of furniture - those big old biceps come in handy emoticon As soon as the installer got here, though, he started whining. Seriously, this guy is a big whiny baby. He whined about the baseboard trim not being removed so I grabbed a baby crowbar and started crawling around removing trim because (a) I didn't want him to (over) charge extra and (b) I couldn't stand to hear him whine about it. I sweated my way around the room, with my big fat throbbing ankle, and then he whined that he cut his finger on the tackstrip as he was removing the carpet. Then he whined about a few other things he was going to have to do, as I resisted the urge to throw the baby crowbar at him. Look, buddy, you can work or you can whine but they both take energy so howsa about you just hush up and work?! I actually phrased it much more tactfully. At this point, I am icing my ankle and he has disappeared to get something he forgot and he has been gone for over an hour. Ugh! Anyway, thanks for letting me vent, Sparkly people. I had a protein smoothie and a piece of salmon for breakfast. My sister just returned from Alaska and bought a beautiful piece of salmon back for us. As Payton, my d.s. has been telling me since he was 2 years old "salmon is my people's food" (he is half Native American : ) He won't eat traditional breakfasts, so salmon it is emoticon My injury is forcing me to be more cautious about overeating, because I know that extra comfort food+inactivity will add up to big fat weight gain which is not the direction I need to travel. So, protein loading in the a.m. (I just tracked my food and I have over 50 grams in and it is just noon, now) and cutting off eating in the early evening, about 7pm, along with drinking lots of water and adding fruits and vegetables throughout the day, will help me avoid the "fatter and getting ever fatter" track. I was supposed to take Payton to the county fair today but I cannot exactly walk around and be on my feet all day, especially in the heat. So, my dear brother-in-law, who is Payton's birthdaddy, is taking him and then taking him to football practice. I tell you, adding a third loving parent to the mix has been a good thing, overall. Since he has been back in Payton's life, he has stepped up on many occasions. While I am a little sad to miss the fair and especially seeing all the baby animals, just think of all the deep-fried ridiculousness I am avoiding by not going to the fair. I dodged a fat bullet, there. Thanks for taking time to indulge me by reading this long-arsed blog, Sparklers. I am so glad I can turn to you all, in my time of annoyance and annoying injury emoticon
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    B-u-m-m--m-m-m-m-e-r!!! I can so relate. And Hooray for you! I did everything wrong while recovering from knee surgery....ate, sat, ate, sat, you see a pattern developing here?

    Congrats for refusing to cave in to comfort food at the drive-in. AND for storing up protein. AND for being mindful of what you eat. I ate all the Wheat Thins in the store...and boy! Am I paying for it now! And paying....and paying...and paying. And the Wheat Thins did NOT help me heal any faster....can ya believe it?!!!!!

    It's tough...but Cannie's even T.O.U.G.H.E.R!! Each Good Decision make a chart for every Good Decision--hash marks, gold stars, whatever turns you on! and your be-hind will not explode on you like mine did!

    That whiney repairman makes me wanna scream....insensitive ding-dong! And who do they call the weaker sex? Not the woman in your house, that's for sure! Take'er easy & don't make the injury worse, OK!! Your other SP friend is right: RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevate.

    And blog your heart out...we're here for you & night! emoticon emoticon
    1705 days ago
    Oh no! I am so sorry that this happened to you and your ankle! At least it was not worse, though.
    I would be ticked off, myself, for awhile and then just deal with it the best I could.
    Like when I pruned my finger, the other week and needed stitches.
    Things happen, but after the initial pain, we count our blessings.

    Hope you heal quickly, my friend. emoticon emoticon
    1711 days ago
    ARGH! DOUBLE ARGH! But you're doing the right thing. Enjoy that salmon and put in some earplugs or play something very loud and classical on the stereo to cover him up and irritate him. HAH! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1712 days ago
    I love salmon! And this: A hugely swollen ankle, foot, etc is not license to sit around and grow a hugely swollen @$$- is SOOOO true!
    1712 days ago
    For some reason I just pictured you running with crutches! You should probably NOT do that! Ice up and heal fast!
    1713 days ago
    You made me laugh at loud!!! "A hugely swollen ankle, foot, etc is not license to sit around and grow a hugely swollen @$$." Preach it, sister. No excuses!
    1713 days ago
    Ahhhhh noooooo! I am so sorry!
    I hope you are feeling heaps better. Awww that's just awful!
    My goodness I am proud of you for not taking chunks of your ice pack and tossing them (hard) at that guy. Sheesh!
    Yes, you are of the right frame of mind: keep your protein high and yourself in check.
    Knowing that this will be a tough time for you will help to arm you even more.
    I wish I was there to help you! Ahhhhh who am I kidding. I am no help to anyone right now.
    Can we just sit and throw pieces of our ice packs at that guy instead???

    1713 days ago
    Hope your ankle is feeling better soon! emoticon
    1713 days ago
    Poor baby! (For you, seriously; for the jerk, sarcastically!) Hope your ankle recovers quickly. RICE - rest, ice, compression wraps, elevation. They should add an "N" for non-steroidal anti- inflamatories (aspirin, motrin, aleve, etc), but I guess then it would be RICEN - & that's poison, isn't it? ... No, just looked it up - the poison is ricin.
    1713 days ago
    Oh my freakin lord... so sorry to hear about your injury! I would be a depressed mess but you my friend are staying positive and finding ways to deal with it. That is commendable and of course much more productive than sitting on the couch like a toad. I love your spirit, your humor and your attitude. Sending healing vibes your way.


    1714 days ago
    I severely messed up my legs (both calves had major muscle spasms) one year when our county fair was in town. Luckily, I could "rent" a wheelchair there, so I was still able to go. My friends just wheeled me around all day. I'm sorry you're hurt, though, but at least you have a plan to keep on track as best you can! Awesome! Here's to quick healing!
    1714 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Awwwwaawwwwaw. Sorry to hear about your ankle -- rats! I can just picture you crawling around tearing off the trim (and what's with that guy anyway -- watching you do that?? and having the nerve to whine at all!)
    I hope it is nothing serious ... but do hope you had it looked at in case there is something you can do to help it heal. Hugs and health:)
    Thank you -- I did check out your friend's blog, and it IS interesting. Have to think about that.
    1714 days ago
    So sorry about your injury. And what a trooper to pitch in and assist that sniveling installer. Really, what kind of man acts like that and doesn't feel bad for getting a disabled woman to help him out? I admire how in touch you seem to be with handling what could have been impulsive self-defeating food urges. Hang in there and get well, along with Payton! emoticon emoticon Denise
    1714 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
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    1714 days ago
    OH NO!!!! I hope that is not too serious and that you heal quickly! In the meantime, it sounds like you have a good plan and you will just work that. emoticon
    1714 days ago
    That's such a painful injury, so sorry it happened to you You're so wise to plan your nutrition around less activity (sob sob, just when comfort food is even more appealing). What an annoying workman you've got there too: don't need that!!
    1714 days ago
    Been there done that! My biggest advice (not that you asked for it! lol) is to keep it elevated and iced. Also, do little ankle rolls as you can to keep the muscles loose! just rolll them as you are resting (if you EVER rest) and it will help. If it hurts, dont do it yet! wait till swelling goes down.Your contractor sounds liek such a wimp! No wonder women love my husband so much! He never complains, nothing is a problem and he looks good in a tool belt! lol.

    Im doing ok, just going through some stuff. I am cleaning kellys room out (after a year and a half!) and we are going to paint, fix it up and have a nice guest room but it is a lot of friggin work. Thank god for my sister, the workhorse. Some might ask why Kelly isnt doing it and to that I say, Have you met Cannie's whiny contractor? Well, i have his daughter! LOL. It is just easier to do it myself and be done. I have been doing lots of thinking about what I feel, why I feel etc and I think that it is over rated. I think denial and pushing through works best for me! We shall see what I come up with but I will say, I realized I was never fat until my abusive ex husband and It makes me feel sad for the young, stupid woman I was to allow him to tear me down. But am I still allowing that to happen all these years later? Does what he did to me still hold power? I hope not. That needs to be purged and gone. Because I am so much more now. Now, I have to figure out how to be (physically) less. Im a work in progress. ALways.

    I love ya, take care!
    1714 days ago
    Cannie, your Payton is something extra special to ask you if you need to go to the hospital! Most boys that age wouldn't give a hoot or a nanny!

    Sorry to hear about your fat ankle. **SIGH** It's literally a pain! You know the drill: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

    OMG! I think I would have thrown the baby crow bar @ that whiny whiner whineface floor installer! Good golly!!! Well, I wouldn't have thrown it either, but the thought would have given me pleasure I think!

    I hope if it doesn't get any better you get that ankle x-rayed. Those sometimes are more painful than a break.

    Good for you for resisting that evil voice prodding towards getting sugary, fatty, snack. Good job!

    HUGS and feel better.

    1714 days ago
    It sounds like you had a bad d a y that day. Hope it heals quickly.
    1714 days ago
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