Progress!

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Broke my left ankle (fibula) and 5th metatarsal on Feb. 13th. Had ankle ORIF surgery (pic below) on March 5th. Got a CAM boot yesterday and can very slowly start putting a little weight on it as my body allows in the boot (mostly just putting it on the floor with my elbow on my knee). Today, though 98% of my weight was on my right foot, I stood up unaided. Though it is a small victory (and one I will wait to repeat for a while out of caution), it feels like a giant one after a month of nothingimage! I know I have a long road ahead of me and I need to be very careful and smart about my progress, I now feel that progress. I have read other posts about how the boot irritates the incision site, and it definitely does for me especially at night, but being able to wash my foot and shave my leg has given me back a sense of control. For those of you who have not gotten this far yet, you will get there and it will feel awesome! And for those ahead in their progress, thank you for giving me peace, hope and motivation! I will continue to update my progress so people can have an idea of a timeline for this injury. Though we all progress at our own speed and in our own way, reading other peoples' experiences has been helping me through mine, so I wish to return the favor for others. Wishing everyone a speedy and full recovery!!

Gina

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    good for U!!!!

    The first day I got my boot I was over the moon! I couldnt wait to drive and go grocery shopping by myself!

    Baby steps!!!

    Dont overdo

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      Thank you!! I am still a ways from grocery shopping by myself (there is nothing here to buy right now at the grocery due to coronavirus anyhow), because I still cannot put much weight on it. Plus, I live on the second floor and cannot get my knee scooter downstairs myself and balancing on crutches while shopping is too difficult. I can however DRIVE!! I have a sense of freedom I haven't had in a month. Thank you for your enthusiasm for me. Your response really made me feel even better! Know that you made someone smile really big today 😃

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    You are doing great! My boot came with inflatable side pads. They helped but I needed extra foam pads so as not to irritate the incisions. This is a very slow process but you will be doing normal things soon. Good Luck!

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      Thank you!! It is definitely slow, but I can at least see and feel the progress. That is something! I currently have two socks on to help cushion my ankle. Mine has inflatable sides as well, but they never seem to be comfortable to me. Woke up today with some ankle pain after sleeping in the boot, but after a little icing, extra padding, elevation and rest it is feeling better. One day at a time, right? Thank you for responding! It is a good thing to cheer each other on, especially in the face of everything going on now.

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    Regarding grocery shopping Id use my crutches to get into store then use the electric cart to shop.

    Seeing you are on 2nd floor might be too difficult to get groceries up the stairs

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      So true! Luckily, I have two people in my household that can do the grocery shopping for now. As much as I would like to be out and about, it is probably safer for me to wait until I am able to walk, at least with one crutch or a cane. And get things upstairs. Thank you!

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