Sunday, February 8, 2015

2 years 5 months - Heavy rain, cramps in my leg, and aches!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's been pouring rain for the last 2 days! Windy too! 

I woke up last night to a leg cramp. I notice it happening more often then usual. I'd have to stretch, massage, and walk around to get rid of it in the middle of the night. I can definitely feel the rain in my ankle. The metal inside aches like a toothache. It doesn't hurt but just a bit bothersome. I don't like rainy days...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2 years 5 months - ~10 mile hike at Mission Peak, sore and tired!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's Super Bowl Sunday and my friends and I went hiking at Mission Peak! Go Patriots! 

NFL Super Bowl XLIX
Final - Sunday, February 1, 3:30 PM
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

We've all never been and live som close! It was only about an hour drive up north from San Francisco. Bought some delicious vietnamese sandwiches from Sing Sing for breakfast/snack. 

We drove to the other entrance which turns out to be a longer walking route. It was relaxing and still beautiful! 

We walked on cement, gravel, soil, grass, and a tiny rock trail to the top! A lot of uneven paths which was indeed a great workout for my ankle. Because I was told it would take about 2 hours to get to the top, I decided not to bring my walking poles, and to not use my ankle brace. The ankle brace was in my bag! 

It was defnitely a lot of uphill walking. Towards the top, it was a steeper incline. I wished I did bring my poles then. It would have given me that extra support for sure! Next time I'll bring it. 

I made it to the top without any issues! No pain! Started to feel sore and tired though. 

Going down was dangerous, I was so happy to have my trail shoes on. It had great gripping. Going down hills have always been a bit weird for me. I always find myself leaning/walking down towards the left. I'm guessing because of the metal in my right ankle is so straight against the bone, it doesn't really let my ankle bend correctly when I take steps down hills. And when I go uphills, I find that it is more comfortable for me to walk up diagonally versus straight up the hill. By the time I got all the way to the bottom, I definitely felt sore and exhausted. My friends wore their fitbits and recorded their steps. We hiked about 10 miles! I was sort of limping by the end. I'd do it again for more my ankle because I felt great at the end! New Years resolution is to hike more this year! Will bring my poles next time. So much fun and a great workout! I'm ready for the next hike at Muir Woods next week! I'm excited!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2 years 4 months - Ice Skating Work Holiday Party, and I can't Ice Skate! Sad =(

Tuesday, January 15, 2015

Happy New Year!

My work had our Holiday Party at S.F. Union Square Ice Skating Rink, private party with food, alcohol, and Photo Booth! It was so much fun!

I was so excited about Ice Skating and immediately thought, it's a bad idea. I knew that wearing the shoe would feel weird and not comfortable at all. But I had to sign my life away to get some ice skating shoes to try on anyways to see how it felt. I reallllly wanted to ice skate! I was so hopeful! So I put on the right shoe and got in fine. Once I tied up the shoe laces, it was no good. I was so sad haha. The shoe against the metal did not feel good at all. It was a bit painful and so uncomfortable. I couldn't even move. So I took them off and returned the shoes.

At least I got to try on the shoes. So I just watched my coworkers skate... Another coworker who had the same surgery on the right ankle with the same amount of metal and close to 9 nails like mine was able to skate fine! But his surgery was done over 10 yrs ago. I'm at 2 years and I guess I'll have to wait and see years from now how I'll feel. Still hopeful and still nervous with every sport right now. Until then...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2 years 3 months - Stepped in snow for the first time!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I was so excited to see snow today! Also curious how I'd feel. My brother wanted to go on a day trip to Boreal. So we woke up at 6am, left at 630, and got home around 8pm. I did all the driving! About 8 hours of it all with traffic! Boo. 

Last night I had an itch to snowboard and knew it wasn't a good idea. I confirmed it by trying on my boots and stepping into my board. Bending every which way to see if it felt ok. Of course it didn't. The boot squeezing was something I'm not yet use to still. It was pretty uncomfortable. 

Made it up to Boreal with my brother and immediately felt some weird tingling in my ankle. Very similar to a toothache, throbbing. However it wasn't painful, just a weird bothersome feeling.

I was just happy to be able to step in snow because I missed it so much! I was an avid snowboarding that went every year. I sure miss it! I wasn't nervous at all about slipping. I had some pretty good shoes with treads below. Even with these shoes on, it was a bit bothersome against my ankle. No pain, just a weird feeling having something so tightly around my ankle. Something to get use to. Even while wearing other boots that's close against my skin. The snow wasn't slippery. I was a very happy person! Haven't seen snow in about 2 years since the injury! 

I've told my friends I've retired from snowboarding. Sad. Better to be safe. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

2 years 2 months - Went on vacation to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan! So much walking!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 

I'm back from vacation! Went to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan! I went from November 4 - November 17. I walked so much! So much to see, shop, and eat! Food was delicious! 

I went to my relative's wedding in Hong Kong and wore the only same wedged comfortable heels I can and continue to wear. I now wish I purchased a black pair.

For some days, I did wear my ankle brace for support since I walked from morning to night on some days. It swelled just a but I wasn't in any pain. Mostly felt tired. Getting there!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2 years 1 month - Ankle's sore from standing for 40 minutes!

Friday, October 24, 2014 

I went to a preseason Golden State Warriors game with coworkers to line up at the Oakland Oracle Arena for a Stephen Curry bobble head! I know if I stand still for a bit too long my ankle starts to feel a bit stiff. So I did a few stretches here and there every 5 minutes or so.

It was my very first bobble head! Waited in line and stood still for 40 minutes and the line finally started to move. It was an exciting game! The final score is Golden State Warriors 119 to Denver Nuggets 112! I woke up the next day sore! No pain, and felt tired. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2 years - 2 Year Ankleversary!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 

Happy 2 Year Ankleversary to me!!!

It's been exactly 2 years since I've broken my ankle! I still can't believe another year flew by just like that. I'll never forget the time I was in a cast for close to 3 months and another 5 months of physical therapy.

I went from crutches, splint, cast, surgery, and a plate with 9 screws. Now back on my feet wearing heels, hiking, yoga, and playing grass volleyball! The top of my scar is just a bit itchy today.

2 Years later, my right ankle scar looks not much different. I haven't used Mederma (Scar removal cream suggested by my doctors) to remove my scar because I want to keep it as a memory and to tell my story. Like my last ankleversary, I consider myself still recovering. I am not completely 100% as expected. I would say I'm about a 98% today. Some day's I do feel 100% and forget I even have the hardware in my ankle. 

I played grass volleyball for the first time bare feet a few weeks ago with some friends and felt no pain at all! Just a bit sore and tired of course. No limping either! I was of course nervous because of some uneven grass but had so much fun! I was so happy! 

Went to the beach last week for a walk and felt 100% for the first time! 

I have taken a break from running since the last time I ran on cement and stressed it out. I still continue cycling on my stationary bike at home at least 3 times a week. Yoga has really helped with my balance! I'm hiking more, now with trekking poles so it gives more support. I do wear an ankle brace for hiking so I don't get so sore after or aggravate it.

I'm so excited! Can't believe still how fast time flew by and to remember what I went through. I'll never forget how the beginning was so tough. I've made it through and now I'm here extremely happy and able to do my everyday normal things again. =) I'll see how I feel in another few months. I definitely feel improvement as the days move forward. I still continue my stretches and some of the physical therapy exercises most days. To another better year of recovering!