Vacation 2018 & Other Stuff

Wow I can’t believe it is September already! And I can’t believe I have gone the whole summer without blogging even though I said I was going to blog multiple times a week. I am guessing that was a little bit of an impossible goal for me. I will apologize a head of time that this post is going to be a little bit of everything, all over the place, but that is kinda what blogging is all about, right?

Since my last post a lot has actually happened. I fell again and re-injured my leg and hurt my hip (which I didn’t hurt the first time) at the beginning of August. I am just now starting to be able to tolerate a bit of weight on it. I am back using crutches again but this time we said the hell with it and rented a wheelchair for a month or so. They did both x-ray’s and a CT scan. I am awaiting the results of the CT which was done last week. I am assuming nothing major or I should have been contacted by now.

In the process of having my leg and hip checked out I found out I do have something wrong with both of my hips. The head of the femur bone is not formed right and doesn’t fit in the hip socket right according to my family doctor. He said that if nothing is done about it it will only get worse and cause issues like arthritis (which the x-ray said there is already signs of) and/or needing surgery or hip replacement. Of course I googled it, but the only thing I could find was something called hip impingement which I have had some symptoms of in the past but very mild. However now it seems to really fit with my current symptoms after the second fall. I am not sure if a fall could aggravate something that was already there and mild and make it worse. I have an appointment on September 20th with an Orthopedic specialist who is a retired surgeon who consults.

Apparently according to my doctor who is my parents doctor and my mom it runs in my family. My father had it as well and had surgery as well as arthritis. My Dad’s sister told me that she had it and it caused arthritis and damage to the point she has had both hips replaced. I knew she had the surgery but wasn’t aware the cause. My Grandfather on his side and his brother also had the same thing and ended up having surgery. So I guess I will find out if that is what I have and if a fall could have aggravated it and caused a lot of pain. Hopefully if I need any kind of surgery they can do it now while I am still off work already and not have me go back to work for a few months and then have to go back on short term again. Although knowing the health care system in Nova Scotia I am sure I am at minimum going to see a 3 month wait and at maximum a few years wait to get surgery if it is needed.

As you can probably guess by the title of the post we had vacation set for this year as well that was suppose to coincide with our 2nd anniversary at the end of August. All those plans went down the drain. Last I mentioned it we were going to Quebec City. Then later on in the summer we decided we would go to Connecticut to visit my cousin Robin and her husband instead. My parents still went but because I can’t walk without crutches and because of the pain I am in when sitting or standing or doing pretty much anything we stayed home. I am still off work on short term benefits anyways so I told Eddie to keep his vacation days booked and we would have a stay-cation. We ended up at my parents place as I can not do the stairs in our building and get around very well plus it is still super hot here. We have had the hottest summer I can ever remember and they have air conditioning. It means a lot of back and forth for Eddie to feed our cat Max as he can’t come to my parents as he doesn’t get along with their dog Scamp who we are dog sitting.

In my time off I have been doing a lot of thinking. I am thinking I want to go back to school. Like really want to go back to school. Just the community college maybe part-time and continuing to work or maybe even think about trying to get a student loan and going full-time. I just honestly am unsure what I want to take. At 38 I am still unsure what I want to do with my life career wise I love working at the bank but hate the call center. With the amount of time I have missed it is hard to get anywhere. So I guess until I get all the health issues under control I might as well not really make too many plans.

I am also thinking about starting up a small web hosting company again. Last time I just didn’t bother putting any work into it. But since I have all the extra space in my reseller account and have done it before I might try again. I need to come up with a name and buy a domain for it if I decide to or maybe I will just have it as a part of this domain and also have a small free package and a few paid ones. I only currently host a couple small sites for Deanna and for my mom’s business website, but that’s it. I kinda want to try it again.

I still struggle with my diabetes as well. Getting and keeping my blood sugar under control is really hard. I thought that the Freestyle Libre would make a big difference and it did at first but so much of it comes down to me and my self control. Its so much easier to pop in a pizza in the oven then to cook a meal. Especially now when I can’t really get around well. I’ve been really eating crap. It’s frustrating but it is what it is. I need to get my A1C checked again so I can see where I am at and see if the doctor wants me back on MDI’s, if that is the case I am going to apply through my insurance for a pump maybe, an omnipod or something. At least my insurance covers that stuff for type 2’s as a lot don’t.

Update: Still on crutches

I figured it’s time for an update. I haven’t felt much like picking up my laptop because I am so uncomfortable. It’s been more then two and a half weeks since my fall and I am still on crutches. The x-rays came back with no apparent fractures. I am still in a lot of pain in my knee and ankle both and still a considerable amount of pain in my back, neck, shoulder and pretty much most of my left side. I can’t put much weight on my leg and if I do I am in a lot of pain afterward. My doctor wants me off work due to the pain and fact that I still can not put weight on my leg for a while longer. He has me off until at least July 9th for now.

I started physiotherapy yesterday. The physiotherapist confirmed that my ACL and Meniscus seem to be intact but feels I have a grade 2 sprain and partial tearing in my MCL and that I have a grade 2 eversion sprain and possible tearing to the ligaments on the inside of my ankle. He wants me to remain non-weight bearing for another week or  so and then toe touch and then partial weight bearing as tolerated but not to overdue for the next week or two after. He also taped up my knee. Which may not seem like a lot but it really helps with the swelling, as my knee was really swollen before. You could clearly see the fluid on my knee. Luckily I don’t have much bruising and the swelling in my ankle is minimal but still there.

He was concerned about the fact that I have an eversion sprain (sprain to the inside instead of outside of the ankle) as he said usually that is associated with a fracture at the end of the fibula. I don’t really understand that as when I looked it up the fibula is the outside bone not the inside one. He mentioned to let my doctor know when I do a followup that it seems I may have an eversion sprain as my doctor may want to do another x-ray to confirm if there is a fracture there as it might not have shown up unless they knew what they were looking for on the first x-ray. I would assume they would check for that but maybe not?

So crutches have been an adventure and a half. I have fallen twice on them, the second time I even hurt my ankle a bit more. I am still having a hard time being non-weight bearing or no more then a toe touch weight bearing which I have had to do a bit to maintain balance. I am trying not to put too much weight as I don’t want to rupture anything while it starts to heal but I am really having a hard time on crutches. I don’t know if it is because I am overweight. I don’t imagine an extra 40 lbs bodyweight really helps. I also find it aggravates my back and neck which hurt from the fall itself.

I am able to get to the washroom and back but trying to get to my car and down the stairs in my building is hard. We are on the second floor of building that is definitely not wheelchair accessible. Going to physio yesterday tired me out so much I could barely move around the house last night. The palm (heel area) of my hands feel bruised and numb and painful and my forearms hurt and my shoulders. The physiotherapist readjusted my crutches yesterday and showed me how to properly use them including going up and down stairs and how to sit and stand from a chair which helped a little.

Last night Edward suggested we take the self adhesive ace bandage that I bought for my knee which I don’t need and wrap it around the hand grips on the crutches to see if it helps absorb some of the shock and help with the pain and it works really well!

Don’t mind the scratches on our couch, our cat has made a mess of it.

I can’t wait to get off the crutches and I can’t wait to get back to work. Sitting around all day is boring, at least I have CBS All Access and Netflix and a bunch of other stuff on our Roku.

Camping & Crutches

Before you ask, no I did not go camping on crutches but yes I am on crutches and yes we had planned to go camping this past weekend but that was before I ended up on crutches This put an end to our camping plans with my parents. My parents ended up going without us this past weekend because I was in too much pain and can’t get very far on the crutches, I was only able to get to the washroom and back before my back and neck were in extreme pain.

I fell on Sunday June 10th, just after we got back from the Salt Marsh Trail. I had already wrote and scheduled the last two posts so I didn’t bother updating them I ended up injuring my ankle, knee, back and neck on my left side. At first I was more concerned about my back and neck. I went to see the on call doctor on Monday and he said I likely sprained my knee and ankle and soft tissue injuries to my back and neck. He put me off work till the end of the week. Within a day or two though I was unable to put weight on my left leg.

I ended up going back Friday for a follow up and was told that I have severely sprained my ankle and knee both and he was also concerned I might have fractured something in my knee or ankle so he wanted x-rays to rule out any fractures. He was concerned enough he told me to get a pair of crutches and stay off the leg till the x-rays came back. He didn’t want me walking on a fractured ankle. I haven’t heard anything back yet so I assume no news is good news

I plan to try and make an appointment tomorrow morning to go back and confirm and find out if I can start slowly putting more weight on it. I was told I might need physio as well. I am still in a lot of pain and the crutches really bother my back so I am trying to stay off it as much as possible. Hopefully this wont be much of a set back in terms of walking and hiking and camping and that within a few weeks I’ll be back to normal mostly.

My parents actually gave us a new tent today. They bought it for us for our birthdays which are coming up the beginning of July. So I am really excited to be able to get a few weekends of camping in hopefully this summer and if I have to camp on crutches I will! Just kidding. Hopefully it wont come to that. I should be back to work this week or Monday at the latest as I have Sunday booked off already.