Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

I woke up this morning completely unable to walk. I mean, I literally fell out of bed.

I've been having some pain in my left ankle for the past week that I recognized as tendonitis. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I've had this before because I can remember that it lingered for what seemed like forever.

Anyway, I've had this pain but it wasn't anything I couldn't deal with. Didn't incapacitate me or keep me from working on our basement yesterday afternoon, which is our house project du jour. I painted a little and put some insulation inbetween the studs of the new wall we've built. Nothing major, mind you.

Last night, I woke up a couple of times thinking that my ankle was feeling really sore. Sore enough to wake me up, but not sore enough to keep me awake.

This morning, I can't put any weight on my left foot. My ankle is hot and swollen, and the only way I can get around is by a kind of hobbling/dragging combo in which I don't actually bend my foot in any way. What I really need is a cane or a crutch.

I'm 99% sure this is tendonitis, which I looked up on the internet to discover that the cure is basically rest of the affected tendon and the consumption of copious amounts of Advil to get the swelling down. No need for visits to the doctor or amputations or anything so drastic.

What this means, though, is that I have a free pass to sit my butt on the couch all day. I can't work on the basement or haul laundry up and down the steps. I figure I need to find a way to take a shower and maybe make the beds, and I need to get my son off to school after feeding him lunch, but otherwise, I'm in slug-mode. I'm even thinking this is a good excuse to order a pizza or have the hubby bring sandwiches home because I certainly can't stand in front of an oven or stove, right?

No, really, this does suck. And it had better get better soon because I can't stop my life just because I can't walk. Not to mention I look like a damn fool hobbling around this way. I feel weird even trying to go to the drugstore to get an ace bandage. Sure makes me appreciate my two healthy legs.


Keziah Hill said...

Lynne, go to the doctor! (she says shaking her finger like her mother). Don't rely on internet diagnosis. It could be something you haven't considered and could get worse. Hope it gets better soon.

Larissa said...

Hugs! And I second the doctor thing. Even though *I* wouldn't go. *g*

Do as I say, and not as I do. :)