24 June 2016

I AM WALKING

Slowly and with a slight limp, but I'm walking!


At my appointment yesterday, the bone doc put me in a walking cast with a shoe....thing that I wear over it.

I used the crutches at work all day yesterday but at the house I was okay without them, just kind of leaning on furniture if I needed assistance. It's awkward and a little cumbersome but still: I. AM. WALKING.

I am SO EXCITED TO BE MOBILE AGAIN OMG. I can walk. And carry things. All at the same time! I don't have to wheel around the office in a knee scooter or wheel around the house in an office chair (although I will miss the knee scooter). I may actually be able to ditch the big bulky work backpack I've been using and go back to a purse. I can wear dresses! And skirts! I have literally been wearing yoga pants and t-shirts for almost two months straight --

My next appointment is on July 11th, he said he'll give me a boot or an air cast. He's a very...... conservative doctor, always taking the more extreme route and from past experience it'll probably be the boot. But, he told me two weeks but with his full schedule it's going to be closer to 2 1/2 weeks so who knows, I may get lucky this time.

Either way, I'll be in something at my cousin's wedding on the 16th but whatever. It's not like I'm much of a dancer at weddings even with two good feet.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

21 June 2016

F-Minus One Month

Between my book and my ankle I've been, understandably, a little preoccupied so I was a bit taken aback when I was thumbing through my Passion Planner and realized FitBloggin is only a month away!


I attended in 2013 and 2014, making this my third year, and I'm feeling a little .... indifferent about this year. I don't know if it's just because I've been so distracted that I haven't yet processed that it's coming up or because I know some of my friends won't be able to attend or if it's just because there's been some internal changes within the community and I don't know what effect that will have on the conference .... but for whatever reason, I'm not quite at that OMG I AM SO EXCITED stage quite yet.

That said, the FitBloggin community means so much to me and if nothing else I'm looking forward to reuniting with those friends I only see once a year. Plus, last year I got up on a stage and spoke about being a slow runner for the first time and this year I'm leading a small group session on the same topic and I can't wait to talk with a group of other slow runners.

The schedule for this year looks amazing and in particular I'm looking forward to the Saturday morning session Moving Beyond an Injury. My next bone doc appointment is on Thursday and I should be walking, although I'll still be wearing something for the next couple of weeks. But as long as I can start putting BOTH feet on the ground I'll be okay with whatever he gives me.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

10 June 2016

#anklegate update

So when we last left our hero, she had her one week ankle follow-up, at which point her doctor was "cautiously optimistic" he'd be able to put her in a walking cast when he saw her the next time.

Yesterday I left work a few hours early and headed to the doctor's office with that in my head because while I can totally handle wearing the cast, the not being able to put weight on it is, quite literally, the worst thing ever.

Case in point: Wednesday night I had plans after work that I had every intention of going to. I went so far as to drive to the location. Only when I got to the location I realized there was no safe or easy way for me to get from the car to my bar.

Option 1: Street parking right out front. While the location was ideal, I had no way of getting my little scooter that I've been using at the office since I have to open the rear door in the middle of rush hour traffic on a  fairly busy street. This meant dealing with crutches, again, on a fairly busy street and then I'd be stuck with crutches all night which just, no.

Option 2: Side street parking. While this would give me a place to safely set up the scooter, all of the prime locations were taken so I'd have to park at the bottom of the hill. So, yeah, going uphill on either the scooter or crutches sounded like another accident waiting to happen.

Option 3: Park in the public parking spot across the street. Had this occurred to me first, I may have made it to the event. After all, it was a safe and secure location to set up the scooter, I just had to get across the busy street. But, instead, this was my last option after twenty minutes of trying to figure this out and the idea of trying to get across a street during rush hour made me so nervous I literally started crying (I partially blame PMS).

In the end, I profusely apologized to friends, went home, and started reading Stephen King's latest novel from the comfort of my couch.

So yeah, this whole "not walking" bullshit is a pain in the fucking ass. Wearing the cast, showering with the cast, dealing with the heat that comes with wearing a big fucking heavy sock -- all minor annoyances compared to not being able to put weight on the cast. So, needless to say, I was really really hoping my doctor's appointment would go well.

I did get to see my left leg for the first time in three weeks!


Not pictured: how hairy it is considering I haven't been able to shave it in, like, a month. 

It actually looks a normal color and I'm a little sad I never thought to snap a photo with it all bruised for comparison's sake. Still a little swollen but it looks soooo much better.

Got some x-rays done then the doctor came back.

"So, the good news is your x-rays look good and I'm putting you in a walking cast. Bad news is, I'm not going to let you walk in it."

That's literally what he said: You get a walking cast but I'm not letting you walking in it.

YOU GODDAMN MOTHERFU--

Just kidding (sort of). I knew it was a long shot. This is week four of the four to six recovery plan, it was pushing it with the four weeks but still there was that teeny tiny little voice hoping for the best. Alas.

As was explained to me last time, the only difference between a "walking cast" and a "non-walking cast" is the angle of the foot. Last time, he positioned my foot a certain way due to the injury. Now, my foot is at a normal 90 degree angle.


I'm looking at two more weeks of crutching and scootering around this great city of Cleveland. And by "this great city of Cleveland" I really mean to and from work because that's about all I can manage. I've basically become a hermit although I can do minor errands. Unsurprisingly, my introverted self is completely okay with this arrangement although I do miss seeing all of my friends.

(I attempted to go grocery shopping two weeks ago. I insisted on going alone because I'm all self-sufficient and independent and how hard could it be? I came home and made BC promise to never let me do that ever again. As long as I'm only picking up a couple of very light things that I can stick in the basket on my scooter it's fine, but anything beyond that, nope.)

Also, full transparency, I don't know how this week's Broken Ankle Diet weigh in is going to go because I've been so anxious about the appointment this week and then after getting the verdict plus the monthly timing, this has pretty much been me:


The doctor did promise me that in two weeks he'll let me start walking again! Yay! I'll still be wearing something, but he won't know if I'll be in a boot or another walking cast until he sees the x-rays in two weeks.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

08 June 2016

82,000 words later....


Back in December I started working on turning Running With A Police Escort into a book and as of Sunday night, I am done with the manuscript!

This is just Phase I of book writing. In terms of fiction and novels, often the book comes first and then the writer starts shopping it around. (At least with early novels. Once a writer gets big enough they can sell an idea before a word is written.) In the non-fiction world, it's ideas that are sold more often than not. My publishing company offered me a contract based solely on my proposal.

That was the easy part. After signing, then came the hard part: actually writing the book.

Me being me, I set up a spreadsheet with word count benchmarks to keep me on track. For the most part I did a good job of staying on track, although there was a bit of a struggle back in April. Admittedly, back in April, I was actually worried I wouldn't be able to do this. I wondered if I had taken too much on, if I was in over my head, but I just kept on at it (and maybe turned my editor into a bit of a therapist) and voila!

Now I have to format the manuscript to Skyhorse's specifications and then send it off to my editor and there will be a period of rewrites and all of that but the really big part is over!


Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

06 June 2016

the broken ankle diet

A couple weeks ago, when I first discovered I didn't sprain my ankle but actually broke it, I mentioned one of the things I was most nervous about was that I couldn't really weigh myself. Especially since I was going to be working from home for a week and basically stuck on the couch for the majority of hours in the day.

But then, as I adapted to my new routine with a cast, I realized maybe I was worried over nothing:


True story.

So last Sunday morning, I was getting dressed and I realized that I might actually be able to figure out the logistics of weighing in with my cast after all. Because that's what I was most worried about -- it wasn't the weight of the cast itself, but it was trying to figure out how to stand and balance on my scale while still having all weight accounted for but without relying on a chair which may cause a distribution of the weight that wouldn't be accurate.

I managed to figure it out and -- surprise! -- even with the cast on, I weighed four pounds less than I did pre-injury. Then I weighed myself again yesterday and I was down another pound. I'm now at 263.6, which is slightly less than my last weigh in post.

Definitely did not see either of those coming. Maybe I was on to something with the Broken Ankle Diet.

I'm actually happy though, because now I can still monitor my progress, but I can also use these awesome stickers I bought for my Passion Planner.


I bought these before my ankle and was sad I wouldn't be able to use them but now I can! YAY!

When I bought the Passion Planner a couple of weeks ago, I specifically did it to use as a tool to hopefully help me get back on track with healthy habits and weight loss and apparently it's working, even with the ankle issues.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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