My Ankle Has Improved!

My last post talked about how I injured a ligament in my right ankle when I was walking down some steps, and although it was EXTREMELY painful at the time, it has improved greatly since then!

For a while I was walking with a limp but now I try to walk as normal as I can. I don’t need the crutches anymore, and pain wise it’s actually fine now. I can’t twist my foot though, or run (which I found out yesterday) but I can walk around as usual. I just have to be that extra careful the way I move my foot.

It’s still bruised and theres still a little bit of swelling, so that causes pain when I touch it, so I don’t know when all that will disappear. The times when it’s sore is usually after I walk for a while, I turn it a funny way and when I wake up in the morning and walk on it.

It will be 3 weeks this Tuesday since I injured it, and at the beginning I thought it would take ages to heal. I could hardly move it, it was bruised and really swollen.

But I’m surprised that it is healing ok though and I can walk on it. I’m still doing the alphabet with my foot (which is a little sore to do), I do stretches and I balance on the bad ankle. Apparently this is to build up muscle so that a sprain is less likely to happen in the future.

I read that now that because I sprained it once it’s going to be easier for me to do it again, which I certainly do not want to happen again!! Thankfully I’ve never broken a bone or had anything major happen me, but this was the sorest thing that happened me, so I really don’t want to experience that again!

I haven’t drove yet but I might go out tomorrow and see how it is. Ireland is starting phase 1 of it’s recovery tomorrow so hardware shops, garden centres and other work places will be open again. But it’s never going to be the same again, at least not for a long long time.

Aisling

My Ankle Recovery

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It will be a week tomorrow since I hurt my ankle, and I’ve improved a little. I can now move it a little more and put more pressure on it, and I can (slowly) walk up stairs with my crutches.

For the past two days however I feel my foot has become a little more sore; maybe I overdone it with the walking or something, but I do feel my foot is more painful these past two days. I was walking around the house with my crutches and trying to put weight on my foot, but I think I may have overdone it!

Lately I’ve also been having troubling falling asleep as it’s uncomfortable.

The doctor told me that it would take around 14 to 21 days to fully recover, and I do believe that is true! I felt great a few days ago: walking around and using the crutches for balance, I thought “Oh this is fantastic I’ll be walking soon!”

But no, now I don’t think I’ll be walking soon! The doctor said my injury was between a Grade 1 and a Grade 2, and after looking online, I think he’s right. A Grade 1 injury means that you can walk on your ankle, it might be a little swollen, but you can walk on it.

A Grade 2 means that it’s difficult to put weight on it and it’s all bruised and loads of swelling. It’s also harder to move it around. So I do think mines in the middle! It’s a little bruised and it was quite a bit swollen.

I suppose I’m afraid that if I don’t do enough strengthening and walking then it will take longer to heal, but then I don’t want to overdo it either! I don’t really know if what I’m doing is right. I may have started walking too soon it, I don’t know… but the doctor did say that I should try and start walking on it as soon as I can. So that’s what I did.

I will keep doing the alphabet with my ankle, put ice on it, and just try and move it so that it doesn’t get stiff.

Hopefully tomorrow it will feel a little better!

Aisling

 

My Unexpected Hospital Visit

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I’ve never had to go to the hospital unexpectedly. The last time I was in hospital was when I had surgery for my jaw about 10 years ago, but yesterday changed that!

So the story:

I was bringing a bag with banana peels and orange peels to put them out in the compost, and I walked down the 3 steps from the mobile home and all of a sudden I was lying on the ground clutching my leg in pain! The bag of peels lying beside me.

My Dad saw of all this unfold and he called over to me “ARE YOU ALRIGHT AISLING?” Now I was in loads of pain and I just cried out and over he comes running. Then my husband runs out and they are all there crowded around me.

I started to feel dizzy so I lay down while they took off my shoe and sock and my right ankle was so swollen. Mam ran and got ice to put on it. I was convinced I broke it because it was so sore.

So after a few minutes my Dad and husband carried me to a chair and I sat down and I knew that I had to go to the hospital. My Mam asked me “Do you want some tea?”  (so Irish) and of course me loving tea I just had to have a cup, even if my ankle could be broke!

After that they moved me to the porch inside and rang my brother in law. He used to play football so he knows all about ankle injuries! It was also decided that I should go to hospital as the swelling just wasn’t going down. As my Mum and Dad are cocooning, and because my husband can’t drive in Ireland, my brother in law brought me to the hospital.

We reached it anyway and my husband got a wheelchair. It was actually very quiet in the Minor Injuries Unit, probably because no one wants to go near a hospital with this Coronavirus!

I was more afraid of the doctor prodding me and poking me and moving my ankle all over the place which scared me the most! You always see on the TV how people are all in pain when the doctor is looking at them, so that was what I was the most nervous about!

We waited about an hour because we arrived just as they were having lunch! There was an elderly woman waiting as well with a cast on her arm, but that was it!

So when the doctor looked at my ankle it wasn’t too sore. It was only sore in one spot where he touched. He said “Ok you have (Fancy Word Here) , and this is part of your (Another Fancy Word), and you have hurt this ligament here”.

And half the time I was just thinking

“Oh god my legs are so hairy I haven’t shaved in ages”.

“Oh Jesus my toenails are a tad too long, what is he going to think??!”

When I was in the porch before we left I told my husband to get nail clippers but when he actually started to go near them I said “NO NO leave it!” I didn’t want him going near by sore foot after all, so I was resigned to the fact of having hairy legs and long toenails for the doctor. (With this coronavirus and staying inside, all that maintenance has gone out the window!)

I always used to think “oh if I had to go to the hospital I would definitely make sure my legs are shaved”. But I was in pain and really that was the last thing I wanted to do!

So anyway, the doctor gave me crutches to use and sent me for an X-ray. I never needed to use crutches before so I was so awkward trying to make my way down the very long corridor to the X-Ray room.

After that I went back to the doctor and he said everything was ok on it and he explained to me how to look after my injured ligament. He said there were 3 stages and mine was between a 1 and 2. 3 means that the ligament was torn completely, which would take much much longer to heal.

He said it would take a few weeks to heal completely as ligaments take quite a while. He then gave me a leaflet of exercises to do to strengthen it, like making the Alphabet with my foot.

When we were leaving I saw another person in the waiting room with an injury to his left foot! So I’m thinking he may have done the same thing as I did!

When I got home I searched ankle injuries and I found out that it’s actually a very common injury!

Before we left I wasn’t sure if I had to pay anything, because nobody came up to me or said anything. Plus I wasn’t sure if I had to bring the crutches back.

I asked the receptionist and she said because I have a medical card I don’t have to pay, and the hospital doesn’t take back crutches! (I didn’t know any of this because luckily I’ve never had to go to hospital before) So it was free and I got free crutches out of it! Mind you my hands are bruised from using them as they are so uncomfortable! That’s something I didn’t think would happen. But I suppose it makes sense because you are putting all your weight on your hands when using them.

I gave my Dad the job to put something on the handles to make them softer which has helped my hands a lot!

Thankfully my foot isn’t too sore if I just don’t move it or put weight on it, but it’s still quite swollen. When it first happened and I was lying on the ground I was annoyed and thinking “Of course it had to happen to me” but sure it could have been worse.

I got a neck injury about 4 weeks ago so when I was on the ground I was thinking “First the neck injury and now this!” I’ll write a post about that other injury soon!

But anyway, at least I don’t have to go anywhere and I’m still stuck inside because of this pandemic, so my life hasn’t really been affected, however I cant go out shopping for my Mam and Dad now though!

I also have exams starting on Friday so thankfully it was my foot that got injured rather than my hand! (We’re doing exams online so that will be a weird experience)

So hopefully this will start healing up and I won’t be hobbling on crutches for too long.

Aisling

 

 

Getting Pulled Over

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Recently the Irish Government gave police, or as we call them here ‘Garda =singular, or Gardaí =plural the power to arrest people who were out driving over 2km from their home and without a good reason. Well, I mean they can arrest someone if they are adamant about getting through or won’t turn around. Usually they just turn people back if it’s not an essential journey. Shopping for necessities or having to go to work (with a valid letter to show this) are really the only two reasons to be out.

My Dad is, as the Government calls it ‘Cocooning’; he’s not allowed to leave the house at all because he is over a certain age. He has been keeping himself busy by:

Cutting the grass

Making birdhouses

Digging up trees

Moving trees

Planting shrubs

Painting the house

Making a compost area

Planting potatoes and peas

Strimming the hedges

So… he is definitely keeping busy! My Mum is also in the high risk group, so she doesn’t venture out either.

So it’s up to myself and my husband to do the weekly shop for the essentials. I don’t particularly enjoy going out; it’s awkward, you always have to dodge people, and it’s just not a nice environment to be in!

Plus it takes extra long because there is a queue to enter places like Lidl and Aldi. One person leaves the shop, and only then can the next person in the queue enter. So you could wait for a while to get in! I’m sure this is the same all over the world!

We usually go during the week and get meat, milk, bread and things like that, but my Dad always enjoys reading the paper on a Sunday. That means we have to take a quick spin up to the shop to get this for him.

Myself and my husband (he comes with me just to get out of the house) went to the shop in the morning to get the newspaper (plus some milk), and on the road up ahead we saw a Garda car and two Gardai in the middle of the road. They were stopping every car that was leaving town or heading into town. So they stopped us and asked us:

What is my purpose for being out?

Where do I live?

I explained to them that I was getting milk and that I only live down the road (which is true) and we were let through. When we got our bits we were driving back home and the Gardai were leaving then!

So next Sunday came about, and my Dad asked if I would go and get the newspaper for him, which I suspected he would! So off we went.

This time there were no Gardai about, so that was great!

But as we were coming back there they were again, set up a bit further down the road than last Sunday. I stopped again and they asked me what was my reason for being out. My husband was beside me with the bread, newspaper and chocolate on his lap, and I pointed to it and said “Oh I was getting some bread”. So then he asked did I live far and I said “Oh I live about 5 minutes away”. (It’s actually not it’s prob like 1 or 2 minutes away by car).

So then he let us go. I was kind of glad we bought the bread as I doubt he would think it was a ‘necessary journey’ with me just buying a newspaper!

We decided that on Sundays we would always buy something that is deemed essential, like bread, milk, eggs or something like that! That way we can justify our outing!

On the weekday when we do our big shop we don’t see anybody, so they must reinforce this on the weekends. But it’s good though, it shows they are strict.

I check the time that we got home and it was around 11am, so I’m thinking they must set up at around that time. Next Sunday when we go I will go earlier and see if they are patrolling!

Aisling

Getting Back Into Reading

I would say since the beginning of this year I’ve stopped reading regularly. The last book I was reading was The Railway Children, and although I tried to enjoy it, it just didn’t excite me as much as reading Stephen King. So my interest in it just kind of withered away and I didn’t pick up my Kindle for a while.

I think another reason was because I got a tablet for Christmas, and instead of reading every night before bed, I would spend this time on YouTube watching Dr Pimple Popper! Yes I am a fan of these ‘horrid’ videos!

So I decided to pick up my Kindle again and I started reading The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro. (And now with this Coronavirus it’s the perfect book to read) My husband read it while we were in Mexico and he kept telling me to read it. We used to watch the TV series of the book but we ended up not finishing it because I didn’t like it anymore, so when he told me the book is good I wasn’t too fussed on starting it. I have loads of sample books, books that were free on Amazon, and Stephen King ones, so I just decided to see what the fuss was about The Strain. The Railway Children has unfortunately been added to my list of unread books.

I’m enjoying it at the moment and I’ve been reading every night now for the past week or two. I enjoy reading horror genres, so this one is up my street!

Aisling

 

 

Keeping Busy During The Pandemic

Like millions of others, it’s hard to keep busy during this Coronavirus Pandemic. My College is still sending me assignments to do, so I’ve been trying to keep up with those. Two weeks ago I was very relaxed about the whole assignment thing. I kept thinking ‘I’ve loads of time to get them done, I’ll do something small everyday and I’ll get it all done… there’s no rush at all’.

Then April came and I realised ‘My exams are starting the end of this month!’  The lack of structure to the days kind of messed me up and I just didn’t really notice the days going by.

Plus all day yesterday I thought it was Monday so I kept thinking I have a whole week to do loads of assignments. It wasn’t until I went to bed that night and checked my phone that I realised it was Tuesday! So that annoyed me because it’s now the middle of the week!

It was my birthday last week, and for my 30th birthday my husband got me the new Animal Crossing Switch Game!

I love it!

A few months ago he showed me a video of it and to be honest I wasn’t too fussed on it. I’ve never played any of the old ones so I didn’t really understand what it was all about. But then I started looking at more videos and I decided then that it did look good after all. So thankfully he got it for me and I’ve been playing it sporadically throughout the day. He has been helping me catch fish, insects and everything like that while I’ve been doing my assignments.

It’s fantastic for helping pass the time, and I love all the villagers in it too. So I’ve been enjoying the game for the past week, while trying to do some college work too.

With regards to exams, I’m pretty sure they will all be online. I don’t understand how they will manage it though, because I know they have to change the format of some of them. So I’ll have to wait and see what our teachers email.

But, I’m still bored though. I’m bored but I know I shouldn’t be because I’ve plenty of work to be doing. I feel bad for being bored!

Aisling

No More College??!

So, with all this Coronavirus, my college, and like every school across Ireland is closed for 2 weeks, at least!

At the beginning my teachers were saying that the college might close, and I was thinking “Oh I really doubt that.”

Then they started talking about how we would do exams if the college closed. My teacher said that she would have to send the paper online and give us a time to do it at home. She was saying that she hopes we wouldn’t cheat, but there are a few in my class that would definitely do that, so she added ” It would be very suspicious if I saw everyone get 100%!” But here we are, with the reality being that I may never have class again!

I was driving on Thursday and all of a sudden on the radio I heard that all colleges and schools are closed from 6pm that day until the 29th of March. We were supposed to have 2 weeks off from the 6th of April, then back for exams which were supposed to be held the first week of May, but I think at this rate all that is up in the air now.

It was all quite sudden, so now my teachers have been emailing us stuff to make sure that we do and email them. I still have about 6/7 assignments do, so I will have to do them and email them to my teachers.

Some may think it’s great not having college, but I would much rather go in. I like college, and I know I’m going to be bored stiff because I’m sure the government will want us to stay in as much as we can.

I think it’s good that the government shut all the schools though. I think the first death made them take this action. Unfortunately the schools in Northern Ireland are still open so it’s not ideal taking two different actions on the same island.

And now everyone here is panic buying, which is not good! I haven’t gone into the shops but I’ve seen plenty of pictures of lines of people waiting to pay in places like Tesco, Lidl and Aldi. I think this is just selfish and they need to think of the people who can’t go to the shops everyday, like the elderly, or parents who have babies. My Mum told me that she read online that there was a parent who couldn’t find baby formula because it was all gone.

I know people panic, and even when I heard all these people were buying loads of toilet paper, I started thinking “oh god well we better go and buy loads”, but the News is saying that there is PLENTY of food and it won’t run out. So I relaxed a bit when I saw that.

So people have become very selfish now.

Nobody knows what will happen these next few weeks, but I hope we all don’t go mad being stuck inside!

Aisling