Weigh in 16

2nd class was during the week and I expected the worst after a very bold, very over indulgent weekend with way too much alcohol but I was surprised to be up only 1/2 pound!

Back on track from Thursday and from today have decided to try and stay off alcohol until Christmas!!

On the upside – I am finally, 4 months (less 2 days) after my lis-franc injury (fractured 4 metatarsals in my left foot) cast and support boot and crutch free!!!

I’m walking (slowly and painfully) but unaided, in runners with orthopaedic insoles but delighted to be finally at this stage and working hard every day to strengthen my left leg and try to rebuild some of the lost muscle (there is none, all gone after 16 weeks in a cast!).

Onwards and upwards – and here is a picture of me at a Charity Ball last night – I even wore (very sensible) paten leather shoes and, wait for it, danced a little – finally some body magic 🙂

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Weigh in 13…and a Screw Loose

After a few weeks of not being good it’s caught up on me and I was up 3lbs this morning! I’m only surprised it wasn’t more of a gain! I was at a wedding on Friday and comfort ate my way through two days hangover!!

But…..

I’m now walking, sort of, I’m weight bearing after 12 weeks off my foot.

It’s a LOT harder and more painful than I expected! I thought I’d tolerate it better but my goodness the pains in parts of my foot that weren’t operated on is shocking – ankles, heel, all out of practice of carrying me around!!

It’s a positive step and I’ve got myself back in the good frame of mind and back on the Slimming World Wagon from tomorrow (it was meant to be today but a friend called with scones, and I’m feeling under the weather…but I was extra good for the rest of the day!)

I’l end this post with this photo of the X-ray of my foot after the surgery with all the pins and screws, the pins (longer straight ones) are out 2 weeks now and the screws will remain permanently….I wonder will I beep a airport security!!

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A Step In The Right Direction

Today was a good day.

A long, long awaited review with the Surgeon who performed the stabilisation of the lisfranc Fracture (all 4 fractures, needed 5 pins, 4 screws, and 12 weeks non weight bearing!!) happened this morning.

The stitches from the pin removal 2 weeks were removed and I held my breath until he said “ok, we can start controlled weight bearing”. I nearly hugged him!!

It means I still wear the (awful looking) “Moon Boot” for support and protection of my foot for another 4 weeks but I can walk on it!! Best news I’ve had in a long time and the boost I needed to cheer me up!!

My first few steps were tough and it’s a lot more painful than I anticipated, weirdly, the pain is mostly in my ankle
On either side, not the injured area- I guess my ankle is in shock with the weight being put on it for the first time
In months!

I can’t wait to walk, however slowly, to the shop across the road with the pram and the baby, something I haven’t been able to do for 3 long months.

Still a bit to go and will have an orthotic insert made for my shoes when the boot is off in 4 weeks but I’m delighted!! Looking forward to getting to swim when I’m more confident on 2 feet and finally start getting my body moving again!

No more knee scooter for me but it was a godsend when I got it and can highly recommend anyone in this unfortunate position to hire one from John at Momentum HealthCare Direct, based in CityWest.

Scones and Sympathy

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I love scones, fluffy, soft, warm, buttery, topped with crunchy sugar and spread with real butter and jam (or even better, whipped cream and jam!)

A quick text to my buddy at Domestic Engineer for a recipe and I was away (I know I could have gotten my much use recipe book off the shelf….but that felt like effort!!
Another friend was calling around to chat (the sympathy) so I felt I could at least bake!)

I have, I think (or like to think), perfected my scone method now and it goes like this…

– sieve the flour and baking powder together
– cut the cold butter into cubes
– place the butter, sugar and half the flour into a food processor and pulse a few times until breadcrumb like
– remove to a large bowl then sieve in the rest of the flour
– beat the 2 eggs and add to the mix with Half the milk and mix well until it starts to form balls of dough
– add the rest of the milk gradually until you have a very soft dough that you can turn out but may look a little too “wet”
– quickly shape into scones using a cutter – straight down and pop the scone out, never twist it!!
– place onto a floured, warmed tray (at this point brush with milk and sprinkle with castor sugar) and into preheated oven (very important to preheat)

Remove when golden and try not to eat them too hot 🙂

Ingredients:

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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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