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 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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

1 year 11 months - I felt 100% this time walking around Ft. Funston!



Sunday, September 14, 2014


It's been a while since I've been back to Ft. Funston! It was a perfect nice day to take Pebbles out for a walk on the beach. After about 2 hours there, my ankle felt like it was back to normal! Like 100%!!! I walked on uneven sand, down the hill to the beach, over rocks, and in flip flops!


I felt no pain, no pinching, no limping, nothing for the first time! I wasn't even tired either. It was a beautiful day! =)



Monday, September 1, 2014

1 year 11 months - Played Grass Volleyball for the first time!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!!!

I went to have a BBQ at the park with friends and played grass volleyball for the first time! It was a beautiful day! No wind and perfect to play! At first I was nervous because of a few uneven grass and soiled areas. Played 2 games and felt fine! Jumped to spike a ball and landed fine. No pressure on the ankle or swelling at all. Afterwards, I definitely felt tired and now bit sore at home. No limping! It's feeling a bit hot now. Deciding if I should now ice it. Great workout! I'm so excited! I want more!


Friday, August 22, 2014

1 year 10 months - Hiked Matt Davis Trail at Mt. Tamalpais!



Monday, August 21, 2014

LoL I just fell off my stationary bike. I thought something wasn't right. All of a sudden it unscrewed itself. It's just as dangerous riding indoors. I'll find out tomorrow where my bruises will show up...so should I be wearing a helmet indoors?

My ankle has a bit of a pinch but I'm fine. So clumsy!




Friday, August 15, 2014

1 year 10 months - Hiked Matt Davis Trail at Mt. Tamalpais!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Today, I went hiking with friends at Mt. Tamalpais, Matt Davis Trail!

My friend gave me 2 trekking Leki poles to help me on the hike! I also wore my brace and it really helped! We hiked for a good 3 hours. I felt great! Got a bit tired towards the end on the uphill back.


It was a perfect day to hike, so much green and shaded trail. There weren't too many people either. The ground was very uneven but I did fine. The only difference hiking now with the hardware in my ankle is that I pay more attention looking down on the floor to see what I'm stepping onto rather then enjoying the view. Still I am happy to be able to hike! No pain! No limping! No soreness either! More hiking to come!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1 year 9 months - Hiked Crater Lake, Oregon on July 4th!



Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! 

A friend of mine and I did a road trip up to Klamath Falls, Oregon to stay with a friend and to hike Crater Lake on July 4th weekend! I had so much fun! We hiked up Garfield Peak Trail, narrow, windy, rocky, and picturesque! It was sooo pretty! Saw snow, water, lots of trees, and fresh air!


This time, I purchased a hiking stick to aid me. I also put on my ankle brace since I've learned my lesson hiking in Tahoe the week before. 


Along our hike, I came across this rock to sit on with the most gorgeous views! My friend snapped a panoramic shot of me. It was the bluest water I've ever seen in my life! 


It was a great 4th of July! Fun fireworks show! 


I got to purchase and light my own fireworks too! It was my first time and it was too much fun haha. 


The next day, my friends and I went back to Crater Lake! This time for the boat tour inside the lake! I was prepared again with my hiking stick and brace. It actually made all the difference! I wasn't even sore that much. What a difference compared to not wearing a brace! 


The hike down to the boat was only about a 25 minute hike. It was so exciting! 


The tour itself was about an hour and a half total. The water was unbelievably clear and blue. Everyone was just so mesmerized. The guided tour was great! We learned so much, so much history and beauty of the changing seasons.


I still couldn't believe there was still snow on the crater and we're in shorts in 80 degrees weather. Something I've never done before. 


After the tour, we went for some scenic drives and stopped at Cloudcap overlook with the view of Wizard Island in Crater Lake! My ankle was happy and surprised to still be able to hike for a second day straight! 


The final hike after, was to Pinnacles Trail. It was an amazing straight, and flat trail with views of the volcano spires. It was a great trip! I'll never ever forget it! Though after the second day of hiking, I did feel more tired in the ankle. Surprised I wasn't crazy sore. Yay! I want to do more hikes! 


Here's a beautiful view of Crater Lake from Garfield's Trail.


1 year 8 months - Hiked Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

It's nice to be back in Lake Tahoe! I organized a summer cabin trip for 12 with friends for a weekend trip. So much fun! On Saturday, we went to Emerald Bay for a hike! It was a beautiful and perfect day!


We decided to take the Rubicon Trail.


It was a pretty easy hike. No hills, just a flat and rocky uneven trails. To the right is the pretty blue bay along the entire hike.


Our hike in was about an hour. We stopped at this point to take pictures before turning back.


It was about 2pm and we were all starting to starve. With just a bowl of cereal, grapes, and 1 energy bar to share between 4 people, all we wanted to do was head back to eat a buffet! 


I decided to not wear an ankle brace to see how I'd do. It wasn't good. Glad we found some walking sticks. I started with 1 going in. On my way back, I had to use 2! It really saved me and supported my walk back! I started to limp towards the end and was feeling exhausted. By the time I got back up to the last hill towards the car entrance, I had to take a few sitting breaks. My ankle felt swollen and definitely sore. We finally ended our hike around 4 and was starving. Great hike! But a sore ankle! I had to ice it when we got back to the cabin. Next hike, I'll be sure to wear a brace! Thought about buying a hiking stick. It really helped!