Dignity shredded….

Oh no. Not again….

Yup. Crutches. Ankle brace. Surgical dressings. RICE. 5 days of it.

Picture this. Me and doggo out for morning walkies. Half a km from home. Rather bumpy but nevertheless tarmac side road. Foot down on potholed area, major ankle roll, crunching noises, pitching helplessly forwards to smack down on the remaining three points of opposite knee and both hands.

Getting myself home was as much fun as you might imagine. Picking out the gravel was fun too. Things got better once I had an ice pack on the ankle and the leg up, and a dressing on my very mangled knee. The hands are just scraped and bruised.

Got an x-ray. “Oooh, you’ve done a number on that one! Spectacular!” Yes, thank you, doctor, most reassuring. “Ligaments torn, no breaks, RICE for 5 days, stay off it, crutches if you have to move”. Also, come back after 5 days if it doesn’t feel like it’s improving and the joint is getting more stable, I may need an MRI to see what the soft tissue damage is. I’ve busted this ankle so many times I can virtually recite what they’re going to say. I know the drill….Β  But the fact that the bone on the other, ‘good’ foot isn’t healing very fast and is still mostly broken and still quite painful makes getting around heaps of fun. Crutches help, but I’m hirpling around very slowly. Don’t ask me to carry anything, either.

Look on the bright side. At least it’s not a plaster cast for 6 weeks.

101 thoughts on “Dignity shredded….

  1. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Oh dear, I know how painful this can be !!Luckily no cast cos that is horrible. Get well soon !

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Rita. I’m just tired of injuring myself!

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        I know what you mean. I used to fall a lot and sprain my ankle. Some specialist told me that my feet are too loose from my leggs(I can’t explain it otherwise) but now I always look down before every step, it is not fun as you can’t enjoy the environment as much, but if I want to look arround I stand still.Since then I never had a sprained ankle again. Just a broken wrist πŸ˜€ but that’s another story.

      • katechiconi says:

        My problem is slightly numb feet. I do walk carefully, but I can’t spend my whole life looking at my feet :-/

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        It’s difficult to watch every step, but when I want a look arround I stand still and have a good look. It helped me. I had a business to run and I needed my feet for that so I could not afford to sit with my foot up for one or 2 weeks:D

  2. Dayphoto says:

    OH! MY! GOODNESS!!! I am so sorry for you. I wish I were there to help in some way. Darn it all. Hugs for fast healing.

  3. Jan says:

    Oh no!!! Kate!!! I cannot believe it!! I was wondering where you were yesterday! You poor darling!! Lots of hugs xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I wasn’t there because we needed to see someone about some work, but in the end, the Husband had to do it without me as i was at the hospital! See you next Saturday – I’m assuming there’s no morning session before the cent sale?

  4. Terri says:

    Oh Kate. I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a bad fall. I hope that you don’t have any further damage and that it will heal quickly. I’m sure that Mouse will do everything he can to comfort you while you have to rest with your leg up. Thank goodness for hand crafts and books to help pass the time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m actually quite comfortable, with a pillow under my foot, a stack of books, Mouse keeping one eye open to check on me, and funny videos on YouTube to keep me laughing. Of course, it’s a different story if I have to get up…!

  5. kymlucas says:

    Oh, my! What bad luck you’ve been having! Fingers crossed that the pain will soon subside, and you’ll have a quick recovery.

    • katechiconi says:

      “Not again!” was exactly what I thought in the seconds before everything started to hurt! I’m sure things will improve a lot in the next couple of days, it’s always worst right at the start, isn’t it?

      • kymlucas says:

        Usually. I do hope you heal quickly and will soon be fit as a fiddle! (And why/how is a fiddle fit, she wonders.)

      • katechiconi says:

        Fingers crossed… πŸ™‚

      • kymlucas says:

        For sure! And read about my latest escapade too.

      • katechiconi says:

        I just did, and I’m so sorry to hear it! Apart from the blatantly obvious deficits, how are you feeling otherwise, and how long are they keeping you isolated?

      • kymlucas says:

        Ten days. And right now just feels like a cold, although my head has gotten stuffier. The Engineer also has to quarantine for ten days, but his starts today. Mine started day of the test (two days ago). So glad we now have grocery delivery readily available, although several friends have offered to help if we need anything so we’d have been ok anyway.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Hugs, hoping the pain subsides, and you get better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Cathy. The ankle’s going to look a lot worse before it starts to get better, but the swelling has gone down a fair bit. But I’m keeping the pain under control with lots of tasty drugs!

  7. cazinatutu says:

    oh my Kate, what a bummer … sending hugs XXX

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! Bummer is right, I’m getting properly fed up at not being able to trot around getting things done in my usual fashion. First the broken foot, and now this. Gah!

  8. jmcheney says:

    I am so sorry this horror had to happen to you. I am glad though that dear Mouse did not do anything to cause it. (My mother’s dear old rescue dog jerked her lunging after a cat & caused her to have a dreadful fall.) I hope with all the others that the pain will ease & the healing will come quickly. I send you my very best thoughts for recovery ASAP!

    • katechiconi says:

      No, my lovely Mouse is innocent of Mum-sabotage. He stood there like a rock while I scraped myself off the ground. gave me a thorough sniff-over afterwards, and informed me that the bloody (literally) knee was going to need the human equivalent of a good licking. He also walked very slowly as I hobbled home. He’s my Very Good Doggo. Thank you for the good wishes, which I’m sure are being most effective!

  9. Lots of hugs from us and make sure you REST & feet stays πŸ†™
    J will need to do some pampering πŸ₯°

  10. knettycraft says:

    Oh… that sounds horrible. Poor you. I hope all is getting well! Fingers crossed!

  11. Kate!Kate!Kate! Please stop it! Awww – big hugs and arnica waves – ouch! Don’t do it again!!!!!!!!!

  12. magpiesue says:

    Eeek! And ICK! Somebody needs to strap you to a chair and pack you in fluffy cotton! Poor Mouse too; someone else is going to have to do walkies duty.

  13. Marty K says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry. OWIE! I hope that some RICE will set you to rights soon, as that looks like quite the nasty sprain (sorry — 8 years of athletic training/sports medicine. I’m already taping your ankle in my mind.). I’m glad that Mr. Mouse is playing nurse. Zoomies in the yard will have to be enough for him for the time being. Sending lots of love and healing vibes.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s rock-taped, I have an ankle brace with lateral stiffening and a pair of crutches, it’s rolling NOWHERE right now. Also applying aspirin & arnica cream which works nicely. Bruises are emerging in all sorts of other places too – the ones under the cuts and grazes are especially delightful! Still. It’s better today than it was yesterday, and if it’s better tomorrow than today it’s all good progress.

  14. Oh no! Kate, feel better soon!

  15. Susan Nixon says:

    Ouch! Maybe you need to stay off your feet for a long time, until all bones and ligaments are healed 100%. This doesn’t sound at ALL like fun, and it looks worse than it sounds.

    • katechiconi says:

      … and it feels worse than it looks, but a person does need to do a few basic things in an upright position. Crutches are very useful. I’m trying to cultivate inactivity, not terribly successfully!

  16. anne54 says:

    I am sending you lots of good wishes, Kate! I wonder whether you fell more easily because your other ankle is still dodgy. What every the reason, it must have been frustrating and sore. I am sure you have some hand work that you can do while you have your enforced lie down.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a mystery to me why I fell at all, but these things happen. My feet are permanently partially numb as a long term side effect of chemo, but in theory I’m used to that. In practice, from time to time the terrain catches me out. I just wish it hadn’t been on such a hard, abrasive surface. I’m doing a bit of reading, a bit of web-surfing, a few online jigsaw puzzles… and wishing I could just get on with the laundry!

  17. mlmcspadden says:

    I’m so sorry that you’re having more troubles. Here’s hoping that it heals quickly and totally! Now if only the pup could be trained to fetch stuff for you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Excuse me while I fall around snorting with unseemly laughter…. The idea of the noble Mouse being pressed into service of his Staff is so unlikely… I exist only to serve him, provide treats, strokies, exercise and comfy places to sleep. However, you’ve done me the power of good with the notion πŸ˜€

  18. Debbierose says:

    Ouch, and do take care, wishing you a speedy recovery

  19. You know my thoughts on this already. I can’t put the words in my head down on paper (or send them out into the internet-world, rather) because they’re a little coarse, but I can recommend some brilliant podcasts and audiobooks you may find you now have time to listen to. Thinking of you.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, I know… The thought that perhaps it’s not just being accident-prone has occurred, but right now I don’t really want to think about the possibilities. Bits of me are aching, twinging and pounding and the temptation to apply liquid anaesthetic is quite strong. But perhaps not on top of all that paracetemol and ibuprofen…! I will try to be a good, passive, quiet girl for a couple of days. Thank you for the offer of recommendations, but I have a pile of 4 books and another to collect at the library, several recorded series to catch up on, and, let’s face it, I can always use more sleep.

  20. You are a worry but your humour is intact. Let’s talk during the week if you’re up to it β™‘

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m rather well aware of that, and thoughts that have occurred to others are also occurring to me. I do feel the human body was badly designed with all these weak points; we need better engineering and multiple interior viewing-ports! Love to have a catch up, and I have all week free, surprisingly!

  21. Emmely says:

    Oh nooo! What bad luck. I hope both sides heal soon.

  22. tialys says:

    What are you like? I’m sure you just do these things so you can show off your battle scars in gory detail and, even better, detailed scans and x-rays that you can explain to us. Behave yourself for a while and don’t even think about housework – that would certainly be the last thing on my mind, as it often is πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d take that, if only the outcomes weren’t so painful! My ankle looks as if I’m wearing a technicolour doughnut around it, my bashed up knee is beginning to look rather mucky and hot, I can’t put either foot to the ground without pain. It’d be interesting if only it weren’t so, well… bloody. Never mind, the Husband is off for 4 days starting tomorrow. I’ll allow myself a small break πŸ˜‰

  23. More hugs from me. Having both feet hurting makes moving around very difficult with or without crutches! John had the same nerve damage from chemo and it is surprisingly disabling. Have lots of cuddles with Mouse and I hope everything improves soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think at this stage I’d like someone to give me a nice injection and let me sleep for about 10 days, until the worst of it’s over. I could wake up and spring into action! Just think, I wouldn’t have to resist the urge to do too much, it would never even occur to me!

  24. claire93 says:

    when you get into a scrape, you don’t do it half measures, do you!
    Hope you are able to manage pain over the next few days and that the Husband is ready to do all the running around for you, on his days off!

    • katechiconi says:

      This is one occasion when I wish more wasn’t more… The poor Husband won’t have to do too much running about, as I do manage to sneak activities in which don’t require actual walking. But he’s a great help, and I couldn’t do it without him!

  25. craftycreeky says:

    Oh Kate, that does look painful, you need wrapping in cotton wool, or one of those zorb balls! Hope everything starts to improve soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, it’s nipping me a good bit. Oh well, these things are sent to try us. The Husband has already suggested the zorb ball, to be pushed around the place by the dog!

  26. Oh dear! I wish you had a magic carpet that allowed you to lift up and float wherever you pleased.

    • katechiconi says:

      Or perhaps I could develop a super-power that allows me to hover. Or, on a more practical note, one that stops me injuring myself. Oh… everyone *else* has that one…? Bummer.

  27. Christine Coffey says:

    I do hope we will be seeing you again shortly.

  28. Bear says:

    Ouch! And, speaking as one who has spent more of their life on crutches and in leg braces than out, I do understand the pain. I’m still healing from two broken feet after a fall last october. Couldn’t even get into doc for follow up afterwards. Dang covid. Anyway, hope you feel better… and on the bright side, now you have more time to sew! πŸ™‚ Well, it was worth a try. I do hope you feel better. ~Shalom, Bear

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks for the sympathy. My difficulty is going to be making myself give it time to heal, I’m not very patient about stuff like that. If only the damage wasn’t on both sides. Grrrr. Never mind!

  29. Shirley Martin says:

    Just heard. I know it will take a while to recover. Keep the pain killers handy. Mouse will be fine without his daily walk for however long it takes. Best wishes and a speedy recovery. Shirley Martin.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Shirley. The bruising is seriously colourful and widespread, but the swelling is going down fast, so it’s not quite as painful so long as I don’t overdo things. See you on Saturday?

  30. Chris S in Canada says:

    Oh my. Nothing I can add to the comments of everyone else. Except to add my voice to those wishing you comfort and quick healing.
    I know you know this, but as a mom I have to say that if the knee is feeling hot? Maybe time to check that out?
    Blessings to you all

    • katechiconi says:

      It was hot last night, but I’ve debrided and cleaned it again, and today it’s feeling cool and less tender, so hopefully all is well. Thank you so much for the concern πŸ™‚

  31. Simon says:

    Oooooh nasty!! Please walk more carefully……

  32. Sharon says:

    Oh no – prayers for a speedy healing ❀

  33. I know you aren’t going to like me saying this but I have to; the Universe has spoken and for some reason, you must be off the feet and down for a good bit. Trust that there is a reason for it. It takes a lot of rest to heal and you just have so much to heal right now. Sounds like a dog walker is called for in the interim. Can hubby retire anytime soon? I hurt with you and wish you a speedy recovery. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not enjoying the ‘enforced’ part of it; such a drag to haul myself up and lurch around on crutches and it’s easier just to sit, but my brain is running around like a caged weasel, thinking of all the stuff I ‘should’ be doing. The Husband has taken on the walkies; Mouse is having to adapt to a new routine and is being short-changed on the distance, but he’s not complaining. No, retirement’s a long way off yet, he’s 4 years younger than I am…. I reckon I’ll be able to lose the crutches by next weekend, maybe just a cane, maybe nothing.

      • I know how hard it is to be still when you are a “do-er”. It was hard for me also and I also walked the little dog with a cane. I get it. It’s easier to sit now that I’m older.

      • katechiconi says:

        I expect it’ll be the same for me. I’m looking forward to increased mobility and cooler weather so Mouse and I can go back to our 5km walks!

  34. cedar51 says:

    I hit “like” but actually I “dislike” – now it seems to me, and I haven’t read all the comments that you should be using a small electric cart when out walking Mouse…of course you will have to careful driving into dips and potholes but I see that as good answer for your crikey and decrepit ankles πŸ™‚

    (now feeling I can actually read and comment on blogs, although my issues aren’t feet/leg related – had a hard time just staying awake of late, apparently I should “give in to naps”)

    • cedar51 says:

      and if you say “I need the exercise” a static bicycle type thing at home will do that nicely. I was thinking along the lines of getting outdoors with Mouse…

      • katechiconi says:

        For now, lurching around on my crutches will be enough. In the next two weeks, I’m to reintroduce walking without them, with a cane if I need it for the ankle, and Mouse will join me for short, gentle walks. A week after that, Mouse and I will be back to full walkies, but on carefully selected hard, flat surfaces. Winter is coming, and we have to build up to our 4-5km walk routine during the cooler months πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t feel quite ready for the electric mobility scooter scenario just yet. I’ll be back at full self-propelled locomotion in a week or two, even if it’s slow and a bit hobbledy. A lot of the ground Mouse and I cover is grassy, and a scooter wouldn’t cope there – and my landing would have been much softer! I have been giving in to naps recently, I feel it’s the body telling me it needs some down time to heal.

      • cedar51 says:

        fully understand the “naps” – I lie down for a short time, pull up a cover cause I feel I needs it and next minute, I’m waking up – often an hour, today a bit more…I am now taking very short walks off the property but nothing like I was doing 6 months ago. Yep, that was when this mess started…

      • katechiconi says:

        I don’t always sleep, sometimes it’s just rest, but it all helps…

  35. Tami Von Zalez says:

    I had a fall a couple of months ago, not quite as bad as yours tho. One foot slipped and down I went, scraped up the elbow real good and suffered a slight concussion.

  36. Kirsten says:

    Ouch!! That looks painful. I hope it won’t take too long to heal.

  37. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    Oh my god, you poor thing! But you have quicker reflexes and better coordination than I have. Last time I came a cropper I landed on my face, having failed to catch myself with knees and hands. In fact, I didn’t realise what had happened until I tasted dirt.

    Shinee reminds Mouse of the power of healing paws! Just the barest touch on any part of your human will work wonders.

    • katechiconi says:

      Do let Shinee know that Mouse has tried the laying on of paws, but it seemed to be mainly motivated by a desire for *another* frozen chicken neck, a tickle-tummy session or as a prompt to produce breakfast more quickly…

  38. Oh Kate…. 😦

    • katechiconi says:

      I know… I’d kick myself if I had an undamaged foot to do it with. Still, it’s improving a little day by day. It’ll be a few weeks still. Oh dear, I might have to spend more time in gentle pursuits such as sewing, instead of vacuuming, sweeping and grocery shopping. Whatever will I do?

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