The Pharmacy Chick

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One Month later…

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 1:41 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Its been one month and one day since I had my leg reassembled. Since then Ive literally followed every instruction given to me to. the. letter.

For me, I want to golf again….for the short term however, Id like the privilege of just walking! Something as simple as putting one foot in front of another seems so trivial until one cannot do it.

Ive learned a few things during the time I have been “disabled” and I use that term loosely. I am ” disabled” in the sense that at this point I am unable to move from place to place without the aid of either crutches, wheelchair, knee roller or iWalk device.. I could crawl on my hands and knees but thats not very socially acceptable, although that IS how I get up and down the stairs…

1. Even if you follow all the right instructions, shit happens. About 10 days into this foray I got a clot. Even as a health care provider I was blissfully unaware of what was happening inside my leg. To be quite honest I thought my calf pain was due to hauling that cast around for days on end. Lucky for me I have a lot of friends who are physicians and one in particular asked me how I was progressing. ” Great , ankle is feeling better but my calf is killing me..” His eyes widened and said “missy, you are going to the ER and going now….” Sure enough I had DVT. Thankfully it was in the lower leg and I didnt have to be admitted. But, on Xarelto I am. Recent deaths by athletes due to Pulmonary Embolism reminded me that blood clots aren’t something to be trifled with.

2. Bless the product Sani-Cast. Yup there’s something on the market to clean your skin UNDER a cast and its a miracle product. When all that skin started to itch, I wasn’t sure what was worse, how the cast rubbed against my incision, ( which was awful) or the itch that started. Sani Cast was amazing. Itch gone.

3.Everything is an ordeal and takes much longer than you’d think. Yes, just to get up and go to the bathroom takes a lot more effort than it used to. Getting my readers from across the room, getting a tissue, making breakfast, letting the dog out, answering the door…all of these things aren’t just instinctive. They need to be purposeful and often I try to multitask and pile all of my accessories near me.

4. Going out of the house is work and the world is a lot bumpier than I thought. My friend let me borrow a knee roller which has been a real blessing, but obviously you need a flat surface in order to roll around. Nothing is very flat outside. Hills, curbs, etc, all make moving around difficult even on crutches…which by the way are a lot more dangerous than you think….

5. Being out off work doesn’t suck. Ill be out of work until December 2 at the earliest because I cannot start to weight bear until november 6, then we start the process of ramping up weight until I walk without a boot and in two shoes instead of one. I feel bad for my staff because they are really suffering during this flu vaccination season ( we do thousands, no exaggeration) but I dont miss the frustration and the crabby people. I could never go back and not miss a beat. Ill make a great retired person. This is the longest time in my life that I haven’t not gone to a job/school of some sort.

6. People have been kind. Doors have been open, people are patient when it takes me time to get in and out of a car, they have graciously moved out the way when my crutches got stuck moving places.

7. Ive learned to be creative with my mobility. I have learned how to crawl up the stairs on my knees as if my lower legs dont exist anymore. I have a great system in place for my shower and morning routine where everything is in reach. I dont wear pants. Leggings is all I can really wear when I have to wear this boot. Crutches suck… Have I mentioned that? They hurt my hands and my upper back despite proper crutch technique. I would have thought I might have gained weight not being able to walk, but I think I burn just as many calories trying to get around now as I did then…

8. My lower body sides no longer match. My left leg has definitely withered and my right has grown stronger. There are not a lot of exercises I can do yet to strengthen that side.

9. Naps are ok.

10. despite being home all day every day, I still dont watch TV….and I dont miss it.

11. Im not bored. I play my piano and I sew my golf headcovers..I have plenty to do and this is a great exercise in my pre retirement.. LOL

Im a little impatient now that my pain has pretty much left and I’m out of the cast. I can move my foot around now and in fact am supposed to start flexing that foot. It really doesn’t want to move much. I really want to walk, to swing a golf club, and go play. But being 1 month and 1 day out of surgery…aint gonna happen.

All in all its been a learning experience. ¬†Granted, its not one I would have chosen to do, but I am not a “why me ” kind of person so Ive just gone with the flow.

AND, just as I was starting to write this a good friend of mine slipped in the river while fly fishing and…..guess what….broke his distal fibula… I have shared all my secrets and work-arounds…

Cheers to all! and Happy Halloween!


Comment by Pillboy

October 26, 2019 @ 7:05 pm

Chickster…so sorry to hear about your misfortune. It sucks to get old and have crap like this happen (yes, I know it can happen to the young whippersnappers too, but it seems to hit those of us on the downward slope harder). Glad to hear you’re making the best of it, and don’t worry about the work you’re missing, everyone will survive – you doing so is the most important. No one cares about you more than yourself…well, maybe Mr Chick does. This unintended vacation will be over before you know it. I hope it has no ill effect on your golf game. You will be a five-star retiree and I can’t wait for you to join me…I’m 62 and I retired September 6th, almost 40 years after graduating from pharmacy school. I couldn’t be happier and miss absolutely no one and nothing about those years. Take care and update us when you can.

Comment by Migraineur

December 3, 2019 @ 5:04 pm

I hope things went well, and you were able to get back to being active. I’m not sure if I hope you are able to return to work, or if you’re enjoying more time off.

Comment by Jade

January 3, 2020 @ 11:38 am

I hope you’re doing well, PC, and this is a happy New Year!

Comment by Old Fool RN

January 9, 2020 @ 7:37 pm

I hope you have recovered and are doing well. Repurposed wire coat hangers are great devices for scratching difficult to reach under cast areas. Don’t know what I would have done without them!

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