My torn ligament is officially accompanied by a fractured bone. One X-ray told the whole story. Wish I would have taken a pic of it!
So my excitement over new activities has now been reduced to just swimming.
I’ve been given permission to wear my boot to the poolside , remove it and scoot on my behind to edge of pool and carefully slide it making sure my left foot never touched the bottom or side of pool. I repeat this very awkward procedure to sit in the hot tub.
The break is in my heel. But doc believes it will heal without surgery. I’m very thankful for that, and for the ability to swim.
Even though all other activities are suspended for at least 6-8 weeks I am still thankful.
I experienced a day in a wheelchair exploring the very crowded 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson. I will, and encourage you to, have much greater empathy for those confined to a wheelchair. It is not fun. Not relaxing. Not a sign of a weak or lazy human. Make eye contact with these people, offer a smile or encouraging word. And please, above all else, don’t get angry at the person in the chair if you happened to get bumped by it. Look at the person pushing the chair and then the mortified face of the one in the chair who is profusely apologizing and show some mercy!!!!
And if you see someone almost getting dumped on their face while maneuvering a curb in a wheelchair, do not laugh, even if they are laughing, just simply offer to help.
If you see someone in a wheelchair offer to help them reach something that they obviously want but obviously can not reach from their position. Whether in a grocery store, mall, or crowded street fair.
Crutches are a whole different obstacle and those hobbling on them deserve to be shown extra mercy… such as.. ” Sit here and let me get you what you need” or ” you poor thing, let me buy you a drink and blister cream for your hands and armpits.”
Best thing ever to hear while on crutches, ” let me get you a motorized cart”
Anyways, I am going to become a much more compassionate person through this. And perhaps an elite swimmer!
Time to go now and enjoy each new challenge thrown at me,
Bring it on!
The girl who will never ever take her feet for granted again.
Ps.. acupuncture for a broken bone doesn’t really help much, so at least my palms are getting a rest.