2 Months Since My Ankle Sprain

So I sprained my ankle at the end of April this year, so it’s about 2 months since it happened.

And you know what?

It’s still not better.

I can walk fine and I don’t have a limp, but every morning when I get out of bed and start walking I limp. It’s sore and it feels stiff in the mornings. But then all of a sudden the pain and stiffness is gone and I can walk normally. So that’s the first thing that I notice.

I seem to struggle going down stairs and I have to go down slowly as it’s uncomfortable for my foot.

It’s also still a little swollen in one area, and it doesn’t seem to be going down at all. It kind of annoys me because I have chunky ankles (unfortunately) so this swelling does not help this!

There’s also some tenderness in one spot as well, and when I move it certain ways it hurts.

Finally, I also can’t run! I realised this when I was going somewhere with my Dad and I started running to get my things when suddenly I felt pain in my foot and I thought “Oh no, it seems I can’t run!” So I quickly walked instead!

I knew it would take a while to heal but I just worry that this is what it is going to be like forever! I hope not!

I kind of abandoned my exercises to help my foot for a while but I’ve gotten back into it so hopefully that will help. I just kind of thought that it will heal when it’s supposed to.

I knew it would be a long process, but the doctor did say it will heal within 14-21 days…… so I did actually believe him! But yet here I am 60 days after the accident and it’s still not better.

But anyway, I can walk so that’s the most important thing. I just have to be careful and hope that one day it will heal and I’ll be able to play badminton with the family and be able to actually run and hit the shuttlecock! I’m absolutely rubbish at it now because I’m stuck in one spot!

Aisling

 

My Classes Are Helping Me So Much

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It has been 4 weeks since I’ve start my online Spanish course and it has been helping me a lot. Not just with learning Spanish, but just keeping me sane!

With no job on the horizon, I really had to keep busy doing something, and because now I HAVE to get up, it’s has helped me a lot! If I didn’t have my classes I know I would be getting up at 10 or half 10am, and although it’s not late, I can’t sleep at night when I wake up late in the morning. I would dread waking up in the morning and thinking “Another day of doing absolutely nothing”, and that would just set me up for a bad day.

Second reason is that I get homework from both of my teachers, and although it doesn’t take that long to do, it’s something to do! Plus I enjoy the homework because it’s reinforcing what I studied that day.

And finally…. I’m doing something.

That to me is the most important thing. I’m improving myself. I really really want to be able to be fluent in the language. I want to prove to myself that I can do it; that if I put the effort into it then one day I will be able to do the Spanish language exam (DELE) C1 and pass it with flying colours, maybe even become totally native and get C2!

I put so much effort into my one year course that I just completed and I got 98%, 99% and 100% in all of my modules, and I’m proud of myself because I really did put so much effort into the year. I know myself that I’m not gifted in school and that’s ok, but during that year I really wanted to do well and prove to myself that if I put the hard work in then I will be rewarded.

When I got my results it showed me that if I put the effort in then I will do well, or reasonably well anyway, so that’s why I really want to study hard, go to my online classes, take private classes, and just dedicate myself to the language. For the moment anyway. I’m not sure what I will be doing in September but for the moment my goal is to study Spanish.

So….the fact I’m doing something and not making me go literally crazy is my main reason!

I’ve been annoyed at myself for the past two weeks as I seem to making silly mistakes while speaking, but I think it’s just that my mind is getting all muddled up with all this new grammar and new vocabulary that it’s just taking my brain a while to process it all… so hopefully I’ll start seeing improvements soon.

But apart from that I know 100% that the classes are helping me and I’m going to try and keep taking them for as long as possible!

Aisling

A Little Spanish Test

This is my third week of having Spanish online classes, and one of my teachers told us yesterday that we would be having an oral Spanish test!

She told us that she will pick a photo and we have to look at it and then she will ask us questions about the photos, like where is it, what are the people wearing, what are they doing etc. It is actually like the oral exam in the Spanish DELE. (I have never done it but I have read about it)

She explained that its to make sure that we have a high enough Spanish level to keep moving on in the book, so maybe we might be getting more difficult grammar in the future. I am not too worried because I can talk about things with no problems. I have to review clothes though and how to say they are wearing because I am not too sure on that, but overall I think it will be fine. I think I will get my husband to pick a few photos for me later and I can practise with him!

My classes are going well though. I really enjoy them and even if I know the grammar already, theres always something to learn. There is one student I am not too fussed about as he kind of disrupts the class and he talks rubbish and off topic (because he likes the attention), but apart from that the others are fine. Two students from Australia left the course unfortunately, and then one new student arrived, so I think it is usual for students to come and go. Anyone can join every Monday so it is great to have that option instead of having to wait until a certain date to start! I have nothing much to do right now so I am going to continue with my classes for another while!

Also you can pay weekly which I do, so you are not tied with having to go for months at a time!

So we will see how this little test goes tomorrow… my first one in Spanish!

Aisling

 

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 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