Weigh in 30

The return of the moonboot!!!


The final step in the saga of my foot!!! As some of you readers may remember, in July last year I damaged my foot, an injury known as an “unstable Lisfrance Fracture”, apparantly very hard to do by merely falling over trying to remove ones welly boots….
24 weeks in plaster, 18 of those non-weight bearing and a lot of physio later brings me to this month and removal of the 5 screws that were left in since surgery in July (they removed the pins in August)
So, I’m back in the dreaded AirCast for 2/3 weeks but hopefully with physio il be back to normal very soon, I may never run again but il be happy with a brisk walk!!!!

Which leads me to my most recent weigh-in yesterday. I had missed 3 weeks and I tried to stay reasonably on track. So I was delighted to be down 1.5lbs and get a 1/2 stone sticker! Also saw a new number on the scale 11stone 6lbs and a little closer to goal!

I’ll be back soon with a new recipe and in the meantime here’s a very diet unfriendly cake I made for a friend recently 🙂


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 🙂


Emotional Eating

Two days ago, I got a call from the physiotherapist to say that the custom made orthopaedic insoles were ready to be fitted and to come in the next day (which was yesterday evening).
I got myself all excited – no more Aircast- also known as moon boot in this house!! I departed, new sketchers trainers in their box ready to be walking out of that hospital unaided.
Turns out he was just making sure they fit!! Slight progress in that the insole is in my Aircast but I am allowed to put my runners on for a little while each day, with the support insole in and walk around (only in the house), no carrying baby or lifting but just walking carefully.

No bother to me, I thought! Off I went in the physio room to show off how good I was at walking. Turns out 14 weeks in a cast meant that my leg felt dead and rubbery, I was like bambi trying to take her first steps. I wobbled and got frightened!! Back in the boot. Even though I’ve been weight bearing for 3 weeks my leg is still completely weak and it will need a lot of work to get it back up to strength.

So, I left the hospital in foul humour. I stopped into the Dundrum shopping centre, hubbie needed finishing bits for his costume at Halloween and I picked up 2 cute costumes for the kids….and then I went into the Marks and Spencer FoodHall.

Oh dear me, it was so difficult to resist everything. I wanted pizza, and chips, and creamy pasta, and creamy mash followed by fresh cream cakes…in the end I got a beef roasting joint “dine in for 2 meal” for tomorrow for myself and a friend and picked up a “count on us” chocolate muffin dessert – worth every single bit of the 7.5 syns – yum! I also bought some fresh pasta, which is 2 syns per 100g, I know I could have cooked some dried and it would have been free, but I fancied the nice fresh stuff!

I stayed strong, came home and cooked carbonara (SW style) and had a diet coke while doing so to keep the sugar craving at bay!! I also snacked on some sweet cherry tomatoes while

I sat stuffed and content, bad humour gone, boosted by my staying strong and not giving into the need to eat crap because I was feeling crap!!

Recipe can be viewed here Colourful Carbonara


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!


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


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


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



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!