Hi everyone (ie. Ellen)
Where have we been you may wonder. Or since probably it’s just Ellen, where have *I* been? Or maybe no one wonders at all. whateverrr. I’ve been recovering from my broken leg. By recovering, I mean drinking heavily and eating a lot. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!?
I think I had a breakthrough with my leg yesterday when I allowed my physiotherapist to do acupuncture which sort of freaks me out and I don’t love needles but it was very chill. And suddenly today, I have best range of motion yet by FAR, and can balance on my right leg on a Bosu ball for the first time. Also during that session I did circuit, bike, thera bands, deep tissue massage, those electrode things (which I was going to call ECT but that had a weird ring then I googled it and yeah, duh), heat, and ultrasound. So they’re like throwing everything but the kitchen sink. which is awesome! Something’s working!
I’m not sure where I’m going with any of this. Ellen will you draw me some pics and maybe this will all make sense?
Well I guess I should say that it’s been 3.5 weeks since I got the cast off from a broken right fibula, and I was limping a lot up til today. I had a really bad ‘pinch’ in the front of my ankle – meaning I couldn’t bend my toes up because it was all tight in my ankle. That might not seem long enough to be complaining about but I was in the cast for 6 weeks and I am *not* into sitting around on my ass all day, and it’s the middle of hockey season now, so there is a great deal of urgency.
Recovery for a broken leg seems to vary wildly across the board. Like freakin Steven Stamkos was like WALKING like WITHOUT A CAST 2 weeks after he broke his tibia. WTF? (I hate that I love you bro – Sochi 2014!)
And then other bloggers out there say it’s been a year or more and they’re still not back to normal. I was told I ‘could’ play sports (ie. my bone would allow, not necessarily the rest of my body – muscles, ligaments etc) 6 weeks after the cast came off. So I’m feeling pretty determined to make that happen and I’m actually ahead of schedule as I’ve just been cleared to play shinny.
I think it may have been the acupuncture. But then based on the internet the jury is VERY much still out on that front. There’s been strong evidence that it does nothing, actually nothing, compared to a placebo. Buuuuut, what if I believe in the Hindu Chakras and have a wacky thought that maybe acupuncture functions within those systems? Because if that were the case then I suppose no matter what was done physically to my leg, as long as I had that personal wacky thought that it was tapping into that energy flow, would have worked because of my belief in chakras & meditation and not the needles themselves? So maybe in that study they really should have asked everyone how they feel about Hindu energy beliefs. Uhhh sorry.. Now I really don’t know where I’m going with this. Right. Healing the leg.
But the acupuncture was the only thing I did differently. I also think excessive holiday boozing really was detrimental. If it’s about reducing inflammation, well we all know what alcohol DOESN’T do (reduce inflammation, in case you actually didn’t know). So these past few days booze-free have felt amazing.
So I’ll keep it going with the limited booze and the acupuncture and see how it goes. Here’s to intact bones, Steven Stamkos, and a healthier 2014!!