Breakfast for One

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I write this entry sitting in the Brambles Restaurant on the 6th floor of the Beacon Hospital.

My foot was really painful so I arranged for a check up (6 weeks post op) and took myself and my crutches to the hospital this morning. Doc decided to remove the plaster (yay) for a good look and told me my foot is healing really well, so well in fact that instead of a new plaster I got a removable boot, also called “Aircast” or “MoonBoot”. I can take it off to shower – oh joys!!! But still no weight bearing for another few weeks (wires come out in 2 weeks time).

It feels like progress though and has lifted my mood enormously, I can’t wait to feel water on my foot for first time in 6 weeks, and to moisturise it, and massage the wasted muscle on my poor calf!!

I have an hour wait now for a quick physio appointment to learn what I can do to strengthen my leg and foot and help recovery so I decided to treat myself to a magazine and breakfast- alone!!

In front of my on this gorgeous sunny day is a wonderfull view of Dublin Bay, right out to Howth! I’ve polished off a fried egg, 2 slices of bacon, a grilled tomato and some brown toast. I’ve a cup of tea poured and 2 magazines to flick through, no hurry, no kids and no feeling guilty for having a “nice” breakfast!!

I might even have a cappuccino next 🙂

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Hospital Stay

A little while back, I posted about falling over (ok, I lost my balance trying to take off my wellies after a concert, at 3am..). My first visit to Accident & Emergency was at 10am that morning, X-ray showed no fracture but foot was very swollen, so I was asked to wear an Air Cast (also called a Moon Boot- a rigid, knee high support boot with inflatable air cushions) and keep off the foot using crutches and come back in 5 days for a other X-ray.

On Friday morning I presented again to A&E and this time I was sent for an MRI, I didn’t have to wait long, and the doctor advised me to go home instead of waiting for results and he would call me with an update. Later that afternoon he called me to say nothing untoward could be seen and to await a call from physio department. He called that evening and I had an appointment for the following Thursday, 6 days later.

5 minutes into my 6pm appointment and Chris the lovely physio was on the phone to the orthopaedic department, and when he didn’t get an answer, ran down himself and came back to me with a 4pm appointment the next day to see a SURGEON! Now, I expected to be going into physio for a support bandage to wear home and some exercises, not to be told I had a suspected “LisfrancInjury” (I had to go home and google, then got a but faint and stopped googling because I was sure he was wrong!)

The next day the surgeon confirmed the suspicions of the physio and I was booked in for surgery the following Wednesday!! (with strict orders to keep the foot, that I had been walking on, up until then!) I buried my head firmly in the sand and hoped the CT scan I was booked in for would prove both the physio and surgeon wrong, i’l show them, I thought!

Wednesday 7am arrived, I had tea and toast as instructed, my last meal (whole meal toast, of course) and headed off with my brother for the Beacon. CT scan first then weight bearing (ow!!) X-rays, my brief google investigation told me that the LisFranc fracture would more likely show on a weight bearing X-ray due to the nature of the injury.

At 2pm I was brought to my bed in surgery ward to await my slot and I was called at 4pm. By this stage I was very, very grumpy because I was very, very hungry!!! I was still hoping, right until my surgeon came with consent forms to the pre-op area that I would be going home! Far from it alas, Dr. Laing arrived and told me that not only was it not just a sprain, I had ruptured the ligament, had 3 fractures and some bone fragments hanging around inside there too.

When he started drawing lines on my foot I started hearing white noise and feeling faint so I just closed my eyes until I was wheeled into theatre…this was at 5pm, I was brought back to my room at 9pm, 2.5 hours of surgery, 5 metal screws, 4 pins and some wires outside later..I was done!

Now to the important details, the food!

My throat was too sore after the ET tube to manage toast that night so I just had tea and a very broken night sleep, foot surgery hurts like hell!!

The food during my stay in the Beacon Hotel Hospital was excellent and it was even possible to stay within the SW theories…..except I didn’t and had dessert both days!

Both mornings I had grilled bacon, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes and wholemeal toast.

Dinner, served at lunch on day one – salmon fillet with dill sauce, baby boiled potatoes, green beans, side salad (with the cutest pouch of balsamic vinegar and e.v. Olive oil) was really tasty!

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Dessert (well, I was convalescing) apple pie with vanilla cream

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On the second day, the day I was leaving, for dinner I had supreme of roast chicken breast, with mashed potato, carrots and peas, and side salad

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And my favourite dessert -profiteroles – so light and fluffy and creamy

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And finally, the fun bit -no.1 decorating the cast in what he has decided is my favourite colour, purple, his theory being he will “make it all pretty so mammy will be happy” bless him!!

The reality of coping with non-weight bearing on crutches with 2 children, on of whom is 4 months old is harder than I imagined, but we are coping, and using a wheeled office chair, I can rest my left knee in it to get around the kitchen and keep cooking!

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