Foot Injury Mom- Things Learned Week 1 Using Only 1 Foot with 2 Kids
May 28, 2018
Foot Fracture Backstory
About a week ago I was moving some things into my basement. My daughter (almost 3) and dog were already down there and out of the way (Thankfully!!!). I am usually hyper-aware of my footing on steps. I do not have a great track record and stairs are just dangerous. The last two steps into the basement evaded me! I went down, rolled, yelled some choice 4-letter words, screamed, and punched the floor. The kid was whimpering. The dog was whining. My foot hurt more than any other trip down the stairs before. I crawled up the stairs, kiddo walking next to me. The dog went ahead and licked my face a few times as I reached the top. I crawled to the freezer for some ice, and then to the sofa. Some tears and a few of those choice words later, I knew I needed to go get my foot looked over. Later my Doc confirmed what I feared. A fracture to my second metatarsal. With a big heavy boot, crutches, and orders to not bear any weight on that foot, I needed to survive the week before seeing my foot specialist and learning the rest of my fate. It’s Lefty so I can still drive thank GOD!
Things I did to prepare:
-Breakfast food prepped for me and the kiddos. -3-year-old diapers and clothes downstairs for easy reaching. -Get up before kids (I at least made it before the 3-year-old!). -Boot, crutches, ice packs, and the computer wheelie chair for the kitchen. -Bag for carrying all my crap when I moved from place to place. -“Let it go” attitude about toy clean-up and other things I don’t “need” to do (way harder than anticipated).
Things I learned now that the week is over:
-I do A LOT of stuff around this house every day, and go up and down the stairs way more than I thought! -Rugburn hurts and happens fast (I need some knee pads!) -Crutches are way harder to use than you would ever think! My arms and right leg are going to be jacked when this is over. -Don’t lean on a soap-dish tile in the shower with your knee? yes, it broke and fell and hit my bum foot. -Not being able to carry and walk for my toddler has made her seem 10 times more irrational than normal. -I must lower my daily expectations of myself. -All about a Lisfranc injury and how it’s going to get me some bolts in my foot and 6-8 more weeks of this!!!!!
Things I already knew but now am taking some extra time to be thankful for tonight:
-My hubby is amazing, supportive, and sweet. -I am surrounded by a bunch of family and friends ready to help. -Surgery scares the hell out of me, but I know I can do it and will be better for it! -My kiddos are resilient as hell and, if I’m lucky, the little one won’t remember the summer that Momma couldn’t walk. I’ll be singing “Let It Go” as I try to focus on what I need and can accomplish, instead of what I want to accomplish.