Friday, December 08, 2006

Ankle


Yup, this is what my ankle looks like at the moment (well last night) - less swollen than Wednesday, but nothing like my right foot. Hmph. All wrapped up in an elasticated bandage. My toes seem to have puffed up as well today - water retention? Who knows ...

Regular readers will realise that there's no "Week 10 at Art School - p.2" - missed another day at college - fortunately no homework as it was "catch up week", but unfortunately I did miss the induction to the big metalwork and woodwork workshops upstairs in college. Oh well, will have to get the tour next term.

Instead of trying to catch up on homework, I've been feeling sorry for myself, so eventually last night I thought I'd get motivated and at least document the injury - and that's what you see here. Initially, Sunshine was carrying me round whenever I needed to get anywhere (bathroom mainly). Then yesterday evening I realised that I could use the single seater sofa like an ad-hoc wheelchair (the yellow thing just outside the bedroom door on the top left) and wheel myself around the house. The cane hanging off the bookshelf is Sunshine's for doing hat and cane tricks - I tried to use it to help me walk, but it was not of much use - need crutches I think.

On the right hand panels are my friends for the week - Ibuprofen tablets, Ibuprofen gel (which ironically I had bought for Sunshine when he did a similar thing to his ankle not too long ago), and the 'Thera Flex' cold pack wrapped up in a tea towel that I've been using as a cold compress (alternating with a pack of frozen peas).

I've had enough of this being immobile - I don't make for a very good invalid! - and am hoping to be on my feet soon. Have started trying to limp about without the aid of the sofa - my ankle is still quite stiff, but fortunately not quite so painful. Fingers crossed I'm up and about soon, and back at college next week for the last week of this term.

12 comments:

Karen said...

I hope you're up and around soon, these incidents can be so painful. A few years ago I sprained both missing the bottom step on our basement stairs and I was in a bad way for weeks - it hurt to step on either one.

I found that an "air cast" brace helped as I got mobile again. It kept it from wobbling. Maybe you can try that too.

Anonymous said...

Really fun how you did the "grid" with all the various aids required to feel better. Nice job on the leg on the angle. Colors make it fun as well.

Rachel Murphree said...

Mithi -- This is such a fun colorful grid to memorialize a not so fun time in your life. Sure hope you're up and about very soon.

Teri C said...

What a fun drawing from a bad experience. Now you will be forced to do lots of art!!

But seriously, I hope you recover quickly.

Sharon said...

Nothing like drawing to overcome pain and pass the time while you heal ~Sharon

Ujwala said...

very nicely done. get well soon.

Nikki said...

Wow Mithi - its great to have reconnected with you through blogging... your artwork is beautiful! I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle - I hope it gets better.

Shoot me an email if you get a chance ...
xoxo
Nikki

Jana Bouc said...

What beautiful drawings but what a drag about your ankle! I hate it when contrary to our plans some stupid health problem gets in the way. Enforced rest when there's better things to do never makes me happy either. I hope the swelling and pain are over soon!

Casey said...

Sorry about your ankle Mithi - but you've done a really beautiful drawing here. I love the layout of the page and your drawing style is realy appealing.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

So to hear about the ankle but it gave us a great drawing!!

shirley said...

Mithi,
As someone who regularly REALLY sprains an ankle, but still needs to get to work, see if you can find the air cast at a local drug store. It is specific for foot, i.e. left vs right, and has two molded plastic splints that go down each side of your ankle - hooked together with velcro bands. There are actually "bladders" on the inside of each plastic splint that you blow up to mold to your own ankle. I can immediately walk with these, even at the swollen, purple stage. And you can take it off whenever your in bed/shower etc. Sorry to hear about your injury. I've been there more than I want to remember.

Piglyt said...

I'm sitting at work, listening to Frank Sinatra by Cake (not the other way round). And remembering old times and on-line concerts at Imperial, Quality time, sandwiches and Lindy Hop. Thought I'd share them with you.

We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations,
A faintly glimmering radio station.
While frank sinatra sings stormy weather,
The flies and spiders get along together,
Cobwebs fall on an old skipping record.