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Six months

29 Jul

Today is six months since the snap.

How far have I come? Well I am typing this in Dublin. But really I’m not about to channel Oprah, so to steal from Fat Boy Slim…
You’ve come a long way baby


All quiet

28 May

It’s all been quiet the last few weeks. Post angry leg, its just the usual battles of a girl about town…swelling, icing, stretching exercises, ankle pain and coordinating outfits with compression socks. If you ever need to include a nifty pair of compression socks in your wardrobe then I recommend getting black and white. I made a major rookie error just getting black.

I am surprised that Grazia doesn’t cut out the celebrity wedding trash and replace with highly informative articles like this. I think there is at least 1000 words to be written on which shoes show off your swelling and which don’t.

See who says this blog isn’t informative?!

Current questions

11 Mar

Does it fit in tupperware and does it fit in my backpack.

Important questions to ask if anything is going to get moved around the flat – washing, laptop, flask of tea, lunch, food in general etc etc.

Backpack, flask and tupperware are my saviours.

I don’t really have anything else to report as my time is taken up ensuring the above questions are answered with a resounding ‘Yes’

My next hospital appointment is this Friday, when the plan is to drop down two wedges. In preparation I have played Dr myself and removed a wedge, so hopefully I will comfortably be halfway there by my appointment. I don’t know much but I know I don’t want to drop down two wedges at once.


Survival Techniques

25 Feb

After three weeks of one legged action, I feel like a pro at this. So I thought I’d document some of my survival techniques, tips and tricks, just in case you ever need them (or you ever come to my house and wonder what the hell is going on)

1) Place chairs around the place. Strategically placed in the bedroom, kitchen and hallway I now have chairs littering my flat for when I need an emergency sit down.

2) A bag to carry stuff. At home, I now carry a cotton bag round with me where ever I go. At any one time it can be full of, my laptop, pain pills, creams, lotions, nail varnish, mobile, remote controls, lunch, pen, paper, kindle. Basically the things that you always forget when you sit down but when both legs work you can easily jump up and grab.

3) Bath aid. A couple of weeks ago I bought a bath board and it has revolutionised showering. Its so good that I may use it once my leg heals. I urge you all to buy one.

4) Tea. I have drunk more tea after the rupture than in all my years before it. Restorative tea. Should be included in research of the powerful effects of clean hair and clean underwear.

5) Balance. Before my rupture I was quite an avid fan of Bikram Yoga, I was quite proud of my Standing Bow and whilst I’m not practicing it now, I never thought my balancing skills would be in such demand.

6) Humour. If you don’t have one, get one. Fast. Getting stressed, angry and downright pessimistic isn’t going to help. Its also going to make the people around you rather cross. No one likes a housebound misery.

7) Shopping. Since my op I’ve bought two pairs of shoes. Why? I’m a woman and I can’t control these irrational urges. I can’t when I am standing in front of of a pair of shoes in a shop and very able to walk away and I can’t now I am sofa bound and browsing Please don’t question me.

8) Handy pain pills. Like strategically placed chairs, I also have strategically placed pain pills so they are easy to get my hands on

9) Stomach for bad tv. My tv diet now includes ITV3 mystery dramas, cookery and house buying programmes. Quite simply I could avoid them like the plague BA (before Achilles) and now I get stressed if I miss the start of Poirot PA, (post Achilles). I wonder if I will ever revert back?

10) Internet. Need I say more? Tim Berners-Lee I salute you. If I could I would shake your hand but I need both of them to steady my crutches.