Thursday, September 24, 2015

3 years - 3 Year Ankleversary!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Happy 3 Year Ankleversary to me!!!

It's been exactly 3 years since I've broken my ankle! This year came even faster then last! Maybe because I've been more active this year.

I went from crutches, splint, cast, and surgery to a plate with 9 screws. Now back on my feet wearing wedge heels, hiking, yoga, and now biking! However, I am still unable to carry heavier items, standing still for 30 minutes straight, feeling the cold weather and rain come, and noticing random cramping in my leg closer to the ankle area. When I sleep now, I am still sensitive to laying on this ankle and so I don't. I am getting more use to laying on it but it is still an irritating feeling. 

                              Last Year                                                     Today


3 Years later, my right ankle scar looks not much different. Once in a while, the top of my scar area gets itchy. That's the collagen from my scar tissue doing some funny things on the ankle. I still 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 after a 48 minute workout at Lyon Street Steps. It was a nice day out, 75 degrees F to work out after work. 

I went to Big Sur for the first time to camp with some friends and did some hiking at Salmon Creek Falls Trail the first weekend of this month! It was so beautiful and relaxing. We hiked for a good 4 hours, about 6 miles worth of gravel, rocks, and uneven soil trails. I had no hiking poles or an ankle brace. By the end of the day my ankle was sore, and felt a bit achy and swollen. I definitely worked out my ankle. I tripped and fell twice, this time twisting my other ankle. Luckily my other ankle was fine, I wouldn't know what it would feel like to twist my right ankle with the metal inside. It makes me nervous to think about it. I may just retire from these types of hikes for a while or I'll need to make sure I wear an ankle brace next time for just in case. I did end the day walking with a very baby limp. But it was so much fun! 

Look how far I've come from just a year ago with the below picture of me hiking.

I'm so excited! Again, I still can't believe how fast time flew by and to remember what I went through. Since my healing has progressed this year, I've been in a life is short type of mood lately and want to be out and about doing everything I can when I can. On to continued healing and more adventures to come! To another better year of recovering!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2 years 11 months - Took a Yoga class and ran for a few minutes on a treadmill!

Tuesday August 11, 2015

I went to 24 Hr Fitness and took a 1 hour Yoga class and ran a few minutes on the treadmill! No ankle brace! My ankle held up! I only ran for a few minutes and walked the rest on the treadmill. I did feel a little tingle up my leg to butt. Then went to the Sauna to relax after. I'll find out tomorrow if my ankle is sore. Feeling great!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

2 years 11 months - These shoes hurt my ankle!

Saturday August 1, 2015

I found my Pumas in the closet and wore them with my workout clothes. Come to find out the right corner of the shoe tongue irritates my ankle. It is right against the metal parts on my ankle. So sad. They were comfortable too. Good thing I had an extra pair of atheletic shoes in my trunk. Which shoe next? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

2 years 10 months - Found my high school track cleats, back at the track for a run!

Monday July 27, 2015

I found my high school track cleats for rehabbing my ankle on the track! It's been over a year since I last ran. Found it, I wrote about June 29, 2014 which was the last time I ran on Lake Merced. I won't forget it, came out limping that day. Shortly after, I went to get an MRI which I wrote about on June 5, 2014 to check on the clicking action, swelling, soreness, and heat that was going on inside my ankle. Found out it was inflamed tissue and that I may have ran on cement a bit too soon and aggravated it. I was definitely nervous. Didn't have an ankle brace either. 

I lasted my first lap running ok, after that I alternated running and walking on every lap. I didn't want to overdo it and hurt myself. I was just happy and excited to be back on the track for a run! Did 2 miles to start and started feeling tired at 1 mile point. Giving that it's been over a year since I last ran, I felt great! No pain! Just a bit of soreness but nothing I can't handle. I'll wait a day to rest and continue running. I'm ready for more! So happy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

2 years 10 months - South Beach Miami, came back to hotel with a bruised and swollen ankle!

Friday June 10, 2015

A friend invited me to be her +1 guest for a trip she won to South Beach, Miami! I had a great time lounging on the beach, and to Key West!

So on Friday, we decided to ride our bikes to Yardbird Souther Table & Bar for some delicious food. Fried chicken, drinks, and appetizers was so good!

It was a great workout, we were sweating waterfalls because it was so hot that day! I think it was about 90 degrees? 

After a fun filled day, I got back to the hotel with a sore, swollen, and bruised ankle from biking and walking all day! I wonder too if I bumped into anything. But you can see the bruse that extends to the right. The left darker spot is the forever bruise from the original dislocation of the ankle. The surgeon debated to operate on the torn ligaments on that side of the ankle but decided it was not needed. 

I had to ice it to slow the swelling. It felt so good. I had so much fun! This time travelling, I didn't bring my ankle brace. I think I may have lost it even. I may need to purchase another one. I'll continue to bring my gel ice pack whenever I travel!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2 years 9 months - Cabo San Lucas, came back to hotel with a sore swollen ankle!

Wednesday May , 2015

I went to Cabo San lucas for a bachelorette party and walked all day! Went down to the Marina to shop. I was in my flip flops, flat, and with no ankle support. We walked for about 3 hours? Came back to the hotel with a sore and little swollen ankle. View from my room.

Luckily I brought my gel pad which I left in the freezer just in case I needed some icing. I should've worn my athletic shoes to walk. Next time.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

2 years 7 months - Alamere Falls Hike, came home with a sore ankle!

Saturday April 4, 2015

Alamere Falls was one of the most beautiful hike's I've ever done. Minus the poison oak along the trails. There were wide and narrow trails.

Towards the end of the trail, we had to do a bit of rock climbing down to the beach. There were also a few beautiful waterfalls! 

The final part down to the beach was almost a 90 degree climb down. There was a lot of loose rock too, so everyone had to becareful and wait for people to go up and down.

Down by the beach, there was this big waterfall where everyone went to take pictures.

This time I didn't wear my ankle brace or bring my hiking poles. Mostly because I misplaced the brace and forgot to bring the poles. It was a quick last minute rush decision to go this morning. I was definitely feeling tired by the time I got to the beach. We walked along soil, uneven paths, gravel, rocks, acorns, leaves, and sand! The entire hike was uneven pavement. It was a workout for sure for my ankle. Waterfall was our reward at the end, with a vietnamese sandwich for a late lunch.

By 3/4 of the way back, I was slowing down and starting to limp just a bit. The next time I come back, I should really wear my ankle brace because I slipped a few times. Luckily with my left foot. 

Once I got home, I put on a Icy Hot wrap. I realized I wore it inside out, as shown in the image below haha. Sore but happy! I'll be back and more prepared next time!