John
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Only thing I want to post about today is that I had a follow-up with the doctor about my foot. I let him know that I'm doing much better and that my pain level is sometimes a 1. This was another doctor who has experience with wearing a boot. He was in the boot for six months, so I feel very fortunate that I only wore it for about 2 weeks. He lay to rest my concerns about what the boot would do to my back.

I had my last therapy session where she just listened to me tell her what has helped and where I still need to improve. She thinks everything is fine and that if I continue with my exercises, I shouldn't need to come back anytime soon.

I have a podiatrist appointment in two weeks, then I go back one more time to let them know what the podiatrist says, and if all goes to plan, I should be back to normal. The doctor released me to regular duty with the instruction that if I start hurting again, to come back before my follow-up and he'll readjust my work duties. I was back on regular duties today, but my supervisor hasn't adjusted my schedule back yet. I don't know if he'll put me back on rotation duties next week or not. We'll see.

John
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Update on my sprained ankle. I had my next to last physical therapy session. It was a little annoying because I met with yet another therapist. I personally don't have a problem with the way PT is handled except that I get tired of having to re-iterate my entire injury timeline. How did I injure it? What bothers me? What exercises have I been doing? All good things for the PTherapist to know, but can't they write this stuff down and read it so I don't have to repeat myself every time.

This session was the worst, though, because the therapist was like, "Let's get you started on the bike to warm you up. You have been doing the bike, right?" I hadn't, but I was open to it. He opted to not put me on the bike if I hadn't already been doing it. Then he was like, well, what do you start out with. Normally, the therapists I'd seen would have me sit or lie down so they could check out the ankle. But, this guy seemed to have some other stuff to do and was determined to give me something to do while he finished up whatever he was working on, which as i remember now was helping another therapist with a patient. Okay, it's not that much of a bother because it's nice that he was helping someone else. I told him I had been working with the ball-board thing (it's a wooden disc with a half-ball on the bottom). This time, I stood up to work with the ball-board. That worked way better.

Once he came back to me, we went through what my pain levels are (practically nothing). He observed me as I ran through some of my exercises, then he did the press against his hands thing to gauge how strong my muscles are. He added a couple more exercises and said that I'm doing really good. I told him that my main concern now is that I haven't been doing the full extent of my job since the injury, and when I return to full duty, I'll be walking and standing a lot more than I am now. He said that I should expect some soreness and pain as my body readjusts, but that I only need to be concerned if the pain doesn't go away after resting.

Now, I have only one more therapy session and a follow-up with the doctor. I'll see then if I'm cleared for regular work. I also have a podiatrist appointment for the end of the month. That one is going to take a lot more time away from work because it's at another clinic that's not as close as the clinic I go to from where I work.

John
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

- I woke up with a headache this morning, but considering that I have a few drinks last night, it's not surprising in the least. I woke up around 11:30. I have got to stop sleeping in so late on the weekends. Sleeping in a little bit is fine, but I want to have time in the day to actually do things, even if it is just catching up on TV stuff.

- I watched Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and The Wizard of Azkaban today. That's three movies down and five more to go.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

- Had another PT appointment. I had a new therapist. She's the third one I've had. I'm not complaining, but it is getting old having to repeat every time what happened to give me my injury, what have I been doing, and having someone with a completely different approach to my exercises at home. But, on a good note, she said that if I'm feeling better that I don't need the boot, then I shouldn't use it. She said that I can listen to my body. If I'm sore, that's okay. Only if I start hurting again should I need to use the boot. So, I'll carry it with me to work on Monday and gauge how things go from there. This weekend shouldn't be bad because I'm not going to be on my feet too much.

- I decided on Wednesday that I only wanted to go out once this weekend, and we had already decided on Saturday, so I came straight home from work. I'm happy to know that I have one more full week, then it looks like both Christmas and New Year's weeks are going to be three days of work and four days off. Yes!

John
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today, work was relatively quiet and mostly boring. I spent most of the day posting to a message board that I just returned to. It's a group of people that I've made friends with about 10 or so years ago. It's nice to find out how everyone is and what they've all been up to.

We're expecting a deluge of rain tomorrow, so I'm a little apprehensive about how I'm going to get around with my walking boot on. I'm thinking that I'll probably wait until I get to work to put the boot on and then dodge puddles as much as I can because I do not relish that idea of having the boot be soaked and my foot wet and cold all day.

Tomorrow is another therapy appointment, and I'm hoping that I've made a lot of progress, maybe enough that I can get rid of the boot. I'm of mixed feelings about it though. On the one hand, I want the freedom that not wearing the boot will give me, but on the other hand, I'm not sure that I'm ready to go bootless even though I've been good about doing my exercises and having been overworking my foot.

Tonight, I met up with Craig and Joey for dinner at Orphan Andy's and musical night at the Edge afterwards. The meal was all right, and the conversation was fun. Music night was so-so, though. Maybe it was just me, but I felt like the Veejay was off his game last night. Some of the videos he showed weren't even musical numbers. Also, he was too diligent in switching from one video to the next, there were sometimes a good thirty seconds left on a video that he switched away from. It was jarring. I left at about 10 so I could get home. It took over an hour and a half to get home.

John
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I need to stop being so predictable in what I'm about to say. I was going to start this entry in the same way I've done for a while now which was to say that today wasn't anything super noteworthy. While it's the truth, saying it over and over is getting on my own nerves.

Tomorrow is supposed to start a long few days of OMG! Rain! Rain! Rain!, which I welcome because of the California Drought, but I have to wonder how miserable am I going to be if I can't keep my boot-thing dry and my feet stay cold and wet all day for the days it's raining. It's possible that I'll be out of the boot by the end of the week, but there's no guarantees. Plus, as much as I want out of the boot, I would hate to rush it and only end up injured again in a few weeks.

I brought my regular shoe to work with me and changed into it when I got off work. By the time I got to my bus, I was regretting it a little bit. I walked around a bit in the evening, and I'm discouraged by how sore I still am. Maybe I'm not at the stage of healing that I thought I was. It's a little frustrating because I'm doing my exercises twice a day like I'm supposed to be.

Tonight, I watched the mid-season finales of Agents of SHIELD and the Flash. I liked the SHIELD one better than the Flash one, which is amazing because I've been liking The Flash the most up until like a week or so ago. I also watched another episode from season 1 of The Big Bang Theory. I ended my tv watching night with the last portion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

John
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Monday, December 8, 2014 - Part 2

My physical therapy went very well today. I was able to show my therapist how much improvement I've made. She is encouraged and hopes to get me out of the boot by the end of the week. I have my next appointments for Thursday, Friday and a final session on Monday. Then, I have a follow-up with the doctor on next Wednesday. She added a couple of exercises to my routine. They're basically balance exercises. The first one is to balance on one foot for 30 seconds, then balance on the other foot for 30 seconds. The other exercise is for when my injured foot is stronger, which is to do the balance exercise but with my eyes closed. It's to get my muscles stronger and used to moving over uneven terrain. She had me try it, and yeah, balancing with my eyes closed is very difficult to do. Also, I've added a couple of stretching exercises.

After work, I went to the mall for dinner and wound up running into Joey. It was an unexpected but pleasant get together. We sat around talking for about an hour or so with a short stop to get yogurt. I didn't leave for home until after 9.

It was after 10 when I got home and settled in for the night. I had gotten the Harry Potter movies last night, so I put the first one on. I forgot how long they were, so when I started feeling tired, I checked my clock. It was almost 12:30. I didn't get to finish the movie, and by the time I did my exercises, it was already 12:30. Whoops. Hopefully that won't make it difficult to get up in the morning.

John
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Monday, December 8, 2014 - Part 1

I'm cranky this morning. I don't know how much is because I woke up later than I wanted to this morning, then took a shower in cold water because there was no hot water at all. If we're having issues with our hot water heater, this is going to make for a sucky week. I hate, hate, hate taking cold showers. I guess they're good for waking me up, but I don't like the sudden shock to my system.

It took me longer to get out of the house than I wanted, but I made it to work on time. My boot still isn't working as good as it was in the beginning, and I don't know how much of that has to do with the fact I broke the valve on it this weekend. I'm still mad at myself about that.

There's nothing much going on at work, but I have to leave early again today to go to another therapy session. This one is for 3 pm, so I should be able to come back for at least an hour after I'm finished. Another reason I'm looking forward to being done with my therapy is so that I'm not taking so much time off at work.

John
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

I'm a little frustrated today because I think I may have broken my boot for my injured foot. I went to put it on today and noticed that the valve for pumping up the boot was missing. I found it later, and I was able to replace the valve. However, I can't manage to keep air in the boot. I have no idea how much these things cost because I haven't had to pay for it (yet, and hopefully I won't have to pay for it at all).

I chose to not use the boot when I went to do the laundry this evening. I managed to make it through the trip with little pain in my foot, but I hope I'm not paying for it in the morning. I have my next therapy session tomorrow afternoon, and I'm hoping to show so much improvement that I might be able to not come back to therapy again. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but I'm starting to worry about how I'm going to pay for all my treatment if it turns out that my worker's comp claim is denied and I get billed by the doctor and therapy center.

I watched a lot of episodes of Big, Bang Theory today as well as caught up on Once Upon a Time and Supernatural.

John
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Not much to report today. I had to go to the post office, which is like ten blocks from my house, so I went for lunch at Taco Bell and then picked up some toiletries at Walgreens. After that, I took things easy since I overworked my foot a little last night. Boy, I am so looking forward to my foot returning to normal since it's not almost the only thing I ever talk about.

Today was a lazy day spent around the computer catching up on shows like The Flash and Arrow, which I'm current on both, and cleaning up my music library. I still have about 1000 or so music files that need to be cleaned up, and that's not including new music that I've recently downloaded.

I'm happy to say that I'm keeping up with my therapy exercises, which I have to admit was not the case on the previous times I've had to have physical therapy. With my shoulder, I paid attention to the exercises sometimes, but I have to admit that I didn't do them with the frequency that the therapist asked for. But, this time around, I'm doing all the exercises twice a day just like my therapist wants. I have four exercises I do from the first time I went to therapy, plus three that were added yesterday. The exercises are three reps each using the therapy band against the ball of my foot, and are as follows: 1) move foot clockwise for ten times, 2) move foot counterclockwise for ten times, 3) move foot up and down ten times, 4) with the therapy band held to my right side, move my foot left and right ten times, 5) with the therapy band held to my left side, move my foot left and right ten times, 6) make the alphabet with my foot, and then 7) bringing the foot up and holding the therapy band tighter stretch the heel tendon tight for forty seconds.

So far, I'm happy with how well I'm doing my exercises. I'm not in as much pain when I do the exercises.

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