Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good News, Bad News

Well, this is a good news, bad news post, which is what I wrote Allan a minute ago.

The good news is that I am staying on plan and got in all the exercise for the week, as usual. I also feel like the weight has started to come off again (finally). Clothes are so much looser ....

"Feel" I've lost weight? What's up with that? Ah, there is the bad news part.
I had an accident yesterday and we thought I broke my right leg. This time, the trip to the ER was for me. When hubby got me to the ER, they had to roll a gurney out for me, because I couldn't even bend to sit in a wheelchair.  Hubby and a nurse had to help me out of the backseat and onto a stretcher.

As it turns out, I did not break the leg, but the ortho said it would've been better had I done so. As I told Allan, the Ortho said he's seen car crash victims with less damage. Not something I wanted to hear.  In bracing for the impact, I also hurt my left arm, likely in the roll after impact, who knows, but I can't raise the arm over my head, and I'm told not to lift anything with it.

So, how did this happen? 

It was something as uninteresting as slipping on a patch of ice I didn't even see, on a hill on the shady side of the road, coming back from my walk. 

So much for my New Year's resolution to get in regular exercise.  That is now shelved, and I'm not happy about that.  I can't even walk myself to the bathroom, and I'm on a wonderful painkiller.  The pain, however, is always there, at least for now.  I am told it will be a few days of extreme discomfort yet.  "Extreme discomfort" is another term for pretty intense pain, as I am finding out.

I can stick to the diet, but clearly it will be a long time before I'm able to follow the exercise plan. I have crutches, but can't even comfortably use them yet. I'm also not able to stand on my own power, so no official scale reads for a while.

I'm still sticking to the Phase IV diet plan, but I'm hoping Allan takes pity on me and still sends me the weekly packet, including the exercise routine.  Eventually, I'll be over this, and can start the exercise again.

Just as I thought I was done with doctors, hey?

The knee took the biggest hit, and I can't believe I didn't splinter a bone somewhere.  They took several x-rays yesterday, but the bones were okay.  (The ER doc said the bones were about the only thing to escape damage.)  Ouch.  Lots of soft tissue trauma.

And my clothes were so loose yesterday, I thought I'd get on the scale today and be able to report a good 5-lb loss or something.  Phooey. 

Well, I still have my tape measure, so until I'm able to stand again, I'll have to rely on that as a measure of my progress, just not today.  I can't move anything today.  My poor hubby can't even have the flu in peace.  I'm backing off the water intake a little bit (just a little bit), to conserve trips to the bathroom, since I can't get there unaided, and hubby is sick in bed.  You'd be amazed at how quickly the body adjusts to the increased hydration, because now that I've backed off of it a little bit today, I cannot get over how THIRSTY I feel.  Good thing the pain meds make me not care too much.  LOL

I am hoping this is the last weird thing we have to deal with for a while.  I'm tired of all the bad stuff lately.  A Green Bay Packer win this afternoon would go a long way toward making me feel better though ...

Go Packers!



  1. Ouch. I have you in my prayers. You will be well before you know it.

  2. Ooh, sounds like a rotten way to take a detour.
    We're Packer fans here too. Getting ready for the game already...

  3. Thanks, Kathy. I think my family has had its share of medical things now. It should all be easy breezy from here on out, right? lol

    I need to rest now (had a bad night), but I'll stop by later today ... or tonight ... just not during the Packer game. They are playing Patrick's team, the whatchamacallits. ;)

    (Hi Patrick)

  4. Oh, I'm so sorry, Ann. Well, I guess when you're a little better, you could lift one of yor crutches over your head 10 times, and that would count for exercise. ;-) But it sounds as if just gettinig from here to there is quite enough for now. Take care of yourself.

  5. Oh, no! You poor little thing. *gentle hug* Owww! Stupid ice.

    You will still rock it on the diet plan. That is what I have had to do, being sick for the past month. :P Just do the best you can, within your physical limitations.

    Get lots of protein for healing, rest and take care of yourself.

  6. OUCH!!! I'm so sorry you got hurt!

  7. so sorry to hear that you got hurt.. ouch! Take good care of yourself.

  8. Ann, you poor thing. You must be in so much pain. Rest and take care of yourself. I will be thinking of you.

  9. Holy Cow, Ann! I think the Packers owe us a win for sure! Take it easy and before you know it you'll be back up and at em <3

  10. My parents live in Montana and my mom had a really bad fall, too. I hope you recover quickly!

  11. Ann, ouch, im sorry you got hurt. I hope you have. A speedy recovery. Way to stay positive on the eating plan while exercise is on hold

  12. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Ann}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I'm so sorry. Sorry for the fall and damage and pain and setback (to exercise). I know this really must frustrate you, one more thing on top of everything else.

    I'll pray for a wonderfully speedy healing. And that when you get back up on your feet, you'll be 10 lbs lighter! :)

    Take vitamins,

    PS--and of course Allan will send you the packet. He'd be a big ole meanie if he didn't!

  13. Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about this. I wish I could take away the pain, but you are pretty tough, aren't you? Suffer through for awhile and do your best. I'll be thinking of you.

    P.S. Allan really is a softie when it comes to people who make strong effort and you exemplify that.

  14. Just yesterday, the husband of a friend of mine, fell on ice and hit his head and banged up his knee. several weeks ago, I slipped on a patch of black ice and almost fell. I hate ice! I'm very sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you recover quickly and feel better again soon. Take care.

  15. Ann, I am so sorry to hear that you have hurt yourself, you sound like you are in such pain. The back is always such a bad part of the body to hurt. I hope you recover real soon. Big hug sent your way. your in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Oh nO!!!!! I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor thing. I hope it heals even faster than the doctors think. Take care of you. Let it heal. The exercise will be waiting for you.

  17. Well now it makes sense. The only possible reason the Pack could have won today would be to bring you some comfort. Has to be.

    Seriously, so sorry to hear you had this accident. Your attitude sounds good considering it, which is good and not a surprise as you are certainly a warrior at this getting healthy business. That attitude will see you make the most of your recovery time and not relapse into bad habits I'm sure.

    Heal wisely!

  18. Oh i'm so sorry your in such pain!!! "hugs" Take care of yourself.

  19. Sorry to hear this! (((hugs))))
    You know, there is a program on Tv very early in the morning called 'sit and be fit' and its for people who can't stand. Maybe in a few days you could think about doing a little sit down exercise program. Also I remember a few of the exercises in my Jorge Cruz book, are simply lifting small weights. As for cardio, you CAN do cardio breathing aka aerobic breathing. You breath in very deeply and then when you cant breath in anymore, you breath in just a little tiny bit more and exhale. What happens is you get the oxygen in there, and your heart goes up as thought you are running or doing some kind of cardio. There is an exercise program for this, here is the website, I occasionally check it out of the library just for something new to do, as with every exercise program it can get boring. But since you have an injury it could be the thing for you for a while.

  20. I hope you'll get better soon!

  21. Ouch!
    Well, dang.
    It's still all good!
    You'll be on the mend in no time.
    Do you take a vitamin or protein supplement?

  22. Oh Ann, I am so sorry this happened to you! It seems like whenever we make a new commitment, something is right there waiting to snatch it from us. I hope you heal quickly.

  23. Yes, go Packers! And that cheer comes from a diehard Vikings fan! But, as I grow older and wiser I am a football fan. Let's hope that win the SB!

    I am SOOOOOO sorry about your fall. I have been there, many times. Ice and me are dangerous. Broken leg and a bad concussion as a result of falls. My sympathies, truly. Just know that your leg and arm will heal. Slow but sure. Let yourself heal and take care. Michele

  24. How horrible! So sorry for the pain you are in. Great attitude about sticking to the plan for eating. As far as exercise, just do what you can. Obviously you won't be able to do the suggested exercises but move what you can. Do butt crunches, lift weights with your good arm. Do something with the other leg, whatever you can. Keep whatever muscles you have going and staying strong. You'll still rock the plan, I know you will! :-)