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I'm usually over on the hip replacement board, but I thought I'd come over here for a change!
Last April/May, I broke my ankle. I didn't know I had, so I proceeded to walk around on it for four weeks or so. Turns out that the erratic ankle pain I was getting wasn't gout, it was the tibial ligament getting damaged, and this led to a stress fracture. Hence the reason I didn't know it was broken - hurt like hell but had pain before and I actually could walk.
I spent six weeks in a cast (this is the point in time where I am rushed into hospital and diagnosed with osteonecrosis in the left hip, requiring, ideally, an immediate hip replacement, which the surgeon cannot do because I am in a cast on the opposite side and the bone needs to be strong enough for weight bearing ). That was done in November last year.
And now I am on the opposite side of waiting. Despite a very good recovery from the hip replacement, the surgeon can't risk my hip for the ankle surgery, so I have to wait for that!
So it looks like I have another 7 months to wait they are guessing - and my mobility is exceptionally limited. So I'm thinking - how do I best use my time preparing? Any advice? I'm interested in two things:
1) I live in a four storey house, but can manage on just two. I live alone, and although I have friends who will help out a lot, but I do need to be able to cope being on my own too. Any advice on this, and on equipment that will help?
2) I believe that a big party of my good recovery from the hip surgery was physical preparation - I kept my muscles in good shape so they copied atl with the trauma. I'm trying to do the same for my ankle surgery. I know the ankle is going to be a lot harder and more painful - but any advice on physically preparing would be great.
And obviously, advice on the things I haven't thought of!
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