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I have an earlier post about creating a nest for yourself when you are non weight bearing. That Is for people who are only 1 to 2 weeks past the initial break. This post is about the next 12 months........... Things that I found to be helpful not just with pain but with anxiety depression exercise taking care of my family and taking care of myself.
Compression ankle braces- mine are beige and tight and slip on. They reduce swelling throughout the day which helps with that afternoon/evening pain which can feel like your ankles are made of broken glass.
YOU TUBE guided meditation- for when you cant sleep or that anxiety has you on edge or when you keep reliving your accident over and over in your head. Youtube also has great rainfall sounds, city sounds, cracking fire sounds, just to lull you to sleep.
OLD SCHOOL THANK YOU NOTES- for all the casseroles, meals, visits and well wishes your friends have given you......
Lists, I made lots of lists of things i wanted to do when I got better......I remodeled my house (on paper) REdesigned my landscaping, investigated vacation locations online. ....... I ALSO used humor to cheer myself, I listed the things I THOUGHT were worse then breaking both ankles, I also made a list of things I could tell people when they asked "how did you break BOTH your ankles?" Because when I told them I was just sleepwalking, it wasn't much fun as when I said I was breaking up a biker bar fight........
TEMPORARY HANDICAPPED TAG- It does help when you get back to limited walking, to be able to park close to the shops. Mine was good for 9 months, then I let it expire.
DOGGIE CUDDLES- my dog stayed by my side the entire time i was stuck on a mattress on the floor. She was great for my moral and would just let my cry all over her coat.
POOL UPPER BODY EXERCISE- low impact and very refreshing. But be careful, too much time lying down did something to my ears and made me prone to ear infections!!!!!
Warm/Hot water soaks- I put salt in mine it really helps with end of the day pain and range of motion.
MOVIE DATES with spouse or friends. Arrange to rent a favorite or new movie, or watch a weekly series together. Gives you something to dress for or at least take a shower for.
WORKING HALF DAYS- or desk work instead of on my feet all day, propping my legs up at work for 15-20 min every 2-3 hours.
TAKING MEDS BEFORE YOU GET UP- taking motrin or for me celebrex 30 min to an hour before I really got up seemed to work better for me.
Please add to this list if you are moved to do so,
that is all for now!!!
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