Nothin' like a little downtime

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life12 Comments


Yesterday, my doctor pulled two rather lengthy, shiny pins out of my big toe. Much to my surprise, it didn't really hurt, contrary to a handful of internet horror stories.

My next task is clear: start walking and wearing a shoe. We start today, with one hour, and progress from there.

I've had an awful lot of downtime during the past four weeks. I've had moments of self-pity, but more moments of, "So, this is what we're doing? Okay, I'm good."

I've become very familiar with all four remote controls, including the Wiimote (that handles the Netflix, you see.) But right now, I'm just about done with TV. Just about.

The best part about the pin removal is less banadages overall. As of today, I am allowed to get my foot wet and simply apply Band-Aids to cover the pin holes. And that's it.

Of course, I am still using my sexy boot shoe to shuffle about. They say the shuffling will slowly turn into, well, less shuffling.

I even started imagining a return to running. While it's hard to fathom it right now, I've already downloaded a Couch to 5K app for when it's time to get back to it.

I'm not planning to return to running as my main thing. But, I want to have it in my wheelhouse, so to speak.

Because another thing that happens during a month where you are recovering from foot surgery, if you're me, is some pretty lousy eating. The chub is upon me, as they say.

In due time. In due time.



Cathy ZielskeNothin' like a little downtime

12 Comments on “Nothin' like a little downtime”

  1. #1
    Melinda Wilson

    It’s great to hear that you’re recovering well! Unfortunately as I have gotten older, I have more of these “down times” but so far I’ve been able to “get back to movin’ those feet”. One good downside of rest, it did give my sweat glands a little time off too but I know they will return in full force so I will again be “sweatin’ as an oldie”!!!! Have an AWESOME day!!

  2. #3
    Lynne Gillis

    I have loved your posts about this journey. They have been so encouraging for me to read! Last week, after 15 weeks of training diligently for the Chicago marathon, I fractured my foot. I am now in a lovely toe to knee boot for the next 8 weeks. No marathon. Right now, no walking, no biking, no swimming. No nothing for another couple of weeks, until we re-assess. Then maybe some non-weight bearing cardio (God willing!). At first I was heartbroken. I thought I was doing everything right. Right shoes. Right training program. Right food… I never missed a training run. I was COMMITTED. Then the unthinkable happened. And, while it’s tempting to sit here feeling sorry for myself, I’m proud to say that I’m just looking at it as one more small detour to a bigger goal. I’ll get there – and I know you will too. Feels so good to know that deep at your core, doesn’t it? Carry on…

  3. #5

    Glad to hear you are making progress! I’m at the 10 week mark of my broken foot and FINALLY able to walk (ok, I look like Frankenstein : ) on it… and DRIVE! Woo hoo! Keep on shuffling!

  4. #6

    Glad to hear it and I think I said (I hope I did) in a previous comment that I had pins pulled out of my toes as a teen and it was FINE (although a bit freaky when the doc produced pliers and put his foot on the end of the bed for extra leverage). Get well soon!

  5. #7

    Glad to hear you’re healing well. I’ve had a lot of down time after a car accident. Apparently some people don’t care if their stop light isn’t green. Netflix has been a good friend to me too. Caught up on Weeds, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. More well wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

  6. #9

    Ugh. Just the thought of having pins removed gives me the willies. Thankyouthankyouthankyou for the updates. Just started back to my tap class with a dance in heels. And my toe/foot is screaming at me after every rehearsal. Hearing of your journey makes me think more and more about having the same surgery. Thanksgiving to Christmas sounds like a fun time to be “down for the count”. Or maybe New Years… πŸ™‚

  7. #10
    Angie Coleman

    So happy you are recovering nicely! Everything else should be smooth sailing! Just take it slow and you’ll be back to doing all those things you want to do soon.

  8. #11

    I used the couch to 5k app this summer with great success. Hang in there Cathy as you start to turn the corner. I wish I was a swimmer like you. Such good exercise.

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