26 November 2010
in other news, i've discovered a tricky aspect to the protein hot chocolate - if you don't stir regularly (constantly?) while heating it in the microwave, it gets nasty. yesterday i popped my mug in the microwave, and when i came back 90 seconds later, there was a hard protein-y crust on top which i tried (failed) to mix in. ugh. today i stirred every 30 seconds and it is much better.
also i notice i am not getting a heck of a lot of potassium. i've had a banana each day this week, but my intake is still on the low side - what are some good soft potassium-rich foods?
24 November 2010
on my toes, i feel confident that i am on the mend. and since i can walk
down stairs now, i am back to taking the subway to work instead of
driving - less stress, more knitting, more exercise, and it makes
suppertime a hundred times easier.
finally we get to dip into the make-ahea-and-freeze meals i've been
cooking from our organic box! in the morning i take something out of the
freezer, and after work i zip home on the subway and turn on the oven
before heading out to get the boys by car. last night we had a baked ham
with colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage) and i steamed some broccoli
too when we got home. hame is my favourite meat for braces i think - the
texture is very forgiving, it barely needs chewing. my jaw was sore last
night, but that was after having *seconds* of everything! whee. tonight
we are having veg lasagna.
also, i bought a protein supplement on the weekend, and yesterday
afternoon instead of crashing (like i did on monday) i made a hot
chocolate with protein added. it tasted fine, and really did the trick.
three cheers for whey.
19 November 2010
to ride a bicycle and go for walks! not allowed any running for a month,
but he wants me to do a lot of tip-toe work on the weekend and go for a
long walk and if i'm feeling ok on monday, i should cancel next week's
it almost makes up for spending 35 minutes in my doctor's waiting room
last night before i had to leave - without even seeing her! - to pick up
my son. because they didn't want to admit over the phone that they
hadn't put through the referral to the endocrinologist. grr, grr.
18 November 2010
put a spring thingy to help open up some space on the right, and all it
does is catch food. my standby foods from the first week i got them on
don't even work. i have been working on a bowl of baked beans for an
hour and a half now and i am about to give up. not even poutine is easy
to eat! wah! plus, i had what i guess was a bad reaction to codeine? i
think i blogged about that already, going to see doctor today. wah, wah,
poor me, etc.
16 November 2010
so the appointment, like the first time, was uncomfortable with a few ouchie moments, but i felt ok walking out the door. knowing it would hurt more later, i took a couple of tylenol3 (tylenol/caffeine/codeine) as a pre-emptive measure and went to work.
after i'd been at work for barely an hour, i had a crazy vertigo moment and was trembling all over - like all my muscles were contracting at once - and of course was feeling nauseated and had a terrible headache. i lay down for a bit and did not feel any better, so came home, where i've been on the sofa all day taking regular tylenol. tried to eat a sandwich (egg, avocado, tomato) which did not go so well (the tomato was the problem this time).
i did check my blood pressure on the way home - i tend to have low blood pressure but it was lower than normal today for some reason - maybe that was the problem?
for the record, it was 97/57, pulse 61.
appointment is at 8:40, wish me luck...
meanwhile yesterday was my first full workday out of the aircast. i brought it to work "just in case" but did not put it on once. i walk very slowly with tiny geisha steps, but i got through the day without too much pain. can't wait to see angus on friday though.
14 November 2010
only downside was when i retired to the waterpik after lunch and somehow managed to bash myself in the bracket. youch. don't think anything looked broken or bent though, that's the main thing.
12 November 2010
11 November 2010
now the booo part: the lovely angus put his back out! part of me is secretly glad i don't have to drag myself downtown for a 7:30 appointment, but it means another week without physio. and poor angus. it's a physical job; he needs his strength; i'm actually surprised his back doesn't get out of whack more often. good thing he knows a lot of other physios (his wife, for example, works out of the same practice).
so i guess it's up to me for now. after one miserable cast-free day, i'm back to wearing it at work all the time. i do keep it off at night though. which is tricky, as little h isn't quite that aware of his surroundings and i have visions of an accidental stomp. he's come close a few times.
10 November 2010
basically i only got up to go to the bathroom and to microwave my lunch
(beans - soft and nutritious, a metal-mouth's best friend!) but by the
end of the day i was sore and exhausted. i went straight to bed last
night as soon as little h was tucked in. today i brought my sneakers but
i haven't taken off my cast yet. maybe later, we'll see.
09 November 2010
last night i shuffled about the house a wee bit, and it was exhausting. i did the old cold/warm/cold/warm footbath after that angus recommended, and rubbed in some arnica gel. that was tricky, because all of the parts that have been numb for the past month and a half were starting to wake up when i started walking. wonder if there's an impingement somewhere? will ask angus on friday. i came down the stairs once, but i could not do it properly, still had to go sideways. it's difficult not to walk on my heel, because i am so used to favouring my toe it feels unnatural to put it on the floor. we'll see how long i last before i put the aircast back on!
08 November 2010
managed to get a whopping 1800+ calories on saturday due to choux pastry gnocchi with lots of cheese and chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting. successfully ate a small amount of salad (the croissant i tried on friday did not work so well however). sunday was the most tiring of all, especially since we were expecting it to be a day of rest and recuperation, and we ended the day with dinner at the pub where i successfully ate the chunks of ham in my pasta carbonara (the first time i've been able)! my pre-molars are pretty sore - i guess because they've got the most movement and least support. it kind of breaks my heart that i am just starting to get used to eating 7 weeks in, and i'm going to the ortho next tuesday so the suffering will start again. boo.
in other news, i was at the fracture clinic this morning and the doctor thinks i should be able to start putting weight on my foot. he wants me to not wear the aircast at all when i am at home, and wear it only as necessary when i'm out and about. i'm wearing it now, because i didn't bring a second shoe! maybe i'll wear my old sneakers tomorrow and bring the aircast with me. or the other way around - i would not want to have a fall in the parkinglot stairwell!
04 November 2010
i also went for a walk at lunch and did a few exercises for my upper arms with the theraband. and climbed the stairs up to the fifth floor. boy was i pooped after all of that. oh well, no pain no gain, right?
03 November 2010
diet-wise hasn't been so great - last night i went to bed with a piece of cake to get my calorie intake up over the 1000 calorie mark, when i should have had a myoplex and something with some more nutrients. today i've only managed 375 calories so far (including the banana i just ate) so i had better eat a big dinner. another coworker commented today on how prominent my cheekbones are now, she said they just show up more when i'm not wearing my glasses, but i think it's the weight loss. had some bloodwork done at the doctor's office, and she said she'd refer me to an endocrinologist about the weight loss since it's been so much in a short period of time.