Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Zombie Foot

A little over two weeks ago, after waking up from our Saturday afternoon nap, I decided it would be the perfect day to take Baby to the bluebonnet field right next to our house.  The bluebonnets were a picturesque sea of blue and with an overcast sky I knew even my lame iPhone camera would get some semi decent photos.
We pulled up, found our spot along a curb and because of how many people were walking around-I thought it might just be best to put my purse in the trunk since I didn't want to carry it around.  As I stepped down from the curb to open the trunk, well I didn't really step down-I flew down.  

I genuinely don't know what happened, one moment I was standing, the next I was on all fours behind the car in what I can only describe as the second most pain of my life.  I had heard two loud pops/cracks and felt at least two different rolling sensations in my ankle.  As much pain as I was in, I couldn't stop laughing at myself, I can't help it, I suffer from AFV syndrome (when your response to anyone in pain is to laugh).  Boyfriend was even nice enough to take a picture of me.
At first, I wasn't sure how much damage I had done but instinctively I knew I was going to end up at the hospital but was still in a bit of denial.  And at this point, adrenaline had started to kick in just a tad bit so I became stupidly adamant that I was not leaving until I took pictures of Baby with those dang bluebonnets.
Boyfriend offered his support to walk me over to the field, and then I literally crawled over to the spot most concentrated so I wouldn't have to move around too much.  I took one picture, tried to adjust myself and almost passed out from the pain so I realized I was being a bit too stubborn and that we had to go.

I called my OB's after hours line because I had remembered that I signed a paper stating that if I had to go to the hospital for any reason I must call them first.  The receptionist said that we didn't have to page her because if needed, the hospital would, but was clear that I had to go to Baylor Dallas, not an urgent care facility.  I didn't want to drag Baby along so I called my mom (who lives less than two minutes away from the field) to come get her.  Baby was devastated because we had promised to let her fly her kite and now we were leaving.

When my mom showed up, my brother-who had a spiral break on his own ankle four years ago, had joined her.  He brought a boot and wanted me to stabilize my ankle for the car ride.  I wasn't exactly nice when I told him he was crazy and I would not be following his advice-even if it might have been solid.  I couldn't even fathom having anything touch my ankle, let alone having to maneuver my incredibly swollen cankle into to the boot.

Off we went to the hospital, but not before a stop for snacks at the gas station.  Having been to an ER a few times-I knew the wait could get extensive and a pregnant woman should never be in pain, and snackless!

I'm happy to say that Baylor actually got in me in and out pretty quickly.  They did do an x-ray, which when pregnant isn't really kosher, but they covered me with so many of blankets I am (hopefully) assuming everything is fine.  They couldn't locate a break which I was honestly shocked.  By the time the doctor came in, I had gone from second worst pain in my life to worst pain in my life (and remember-I had Baby with no drugs).  I think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but this was blindingly awful.  They did give me some pregnancy approved painkillers and sent me on my way home with a boot and some crutches.

The last couple of weeks has been interesting.  I've never actually injured myself to this extent and am really impatient.  I dropped the crutches a little after a week-I just felt way too unstable and that I was about to propel my eight month belly directly into the ground.  I make random attempts to walk without the boot, but am quickly reminded that is so, so dumb. 

I'm just not good at this being injured thing and just resting.  I get frustrated with myself that it still hurts SO much.  I feel like such a baby and that I am being dramatic.  I've been told by many, many people that a severe sprain can actually hurt worse than a break-and that somewhat makes me feel better. Also making me laugh is that my foot seriously looks like it is dead-I feel like I have a Zombie Foot (picture really doesn't do it justice). 

It hasn't been all bad though.  I have adored the moments that I can see Baby's desire to take care of me.  The first few nights I slept on the couch and she wanted to be near me in case I needed anything so we brought out her old crib mattress for her to sleep next to me.

Another plus-Boyfriend has gotten the opportunity to do the bedtime routine on a regular basis now.  The task generally became mine most nights of the week, but it just warms my heart to watch him read her stories at night and tuck her in.

I'm getting to the point where I do feel like I have much more stability.  I can flex just fine up and down, but movement from right to left is still pretty restricted and I can hear a pop if I try.  I'm trying really hard to just be patient because I can't afford to extend my stay in the boot-#2's arrival will be within the next 6-8 weeks and I assume delivering a baby with a boot would be quite the task!

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