As I did with the previous update, this will be the information portion, and the photos of the actual leg will be posted in a password protected post following this one. The password, like before, is ‘summabirch‘. Again, nothing filthy, suggestive, etc. but it does show bruising, and some people might not want to look at the photos. Look at these photos, instead (just some photos from Hawaii).
So, what’s happening with the leg?
For them who want to read prior history:
https://disperser.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/a-cramp-this-this/ (psw: summabirch)
https://disperser.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/leg-update-numero-due/ (no password, no pictures)
Well, I had my first physical therapy yesterday . . . it turns out I have not lost any mobility – other than being able to climb stairs – and that for now what I am doing is right; move around a little until I tire, sit a little until I tire, rest a little until I tire. The injured areas of the muscles are very tender to the touch, as well as parts of the leg where the fluid that made up the swelling has now settled (the lower leg).
None of the PT guys there had ever heard of this happening to anyone, and they treat olympic athletes (not to imply I am one). I’m still within the 21-days healing period before we start doing exercises proper, but the guy admitted he’s not sure what exercises he might recommend other than to move and use the leg as much as is comfortable.
Over the past week the bruising has undergone a number of interesting hues, but in the main areas it’s still pretty dark and ugly.
Also, while the swelling in the thigh has diminished some – and only some – a lot of the fluid had slowly moved down to my foot, making it look like a balloon. Just for perspective, the day after the cramp my weight shot up from 177.2 pounds to 182.7 pounds. That’s all pretty much fluid buildup. Two weeks to the day, I’m down to 178.6, but I might have lost some muscle mass from not doing anything.
Speaking of which, I went to the gym this morning, having been given the OK to work the upper body as long as it does not involve any reaction in the leg.
Anyway, that’s where I am now. Over the last three days I got more mobility, and I can lift my leg in and out of bed with minimal assistance (meaning I don’t have to lift my own leg to raise it).
While not comfortable, I can move around pretty good . . . the only lingering problem, and it’s very annoying, is immediately after I rest the leg.
After keeping it elevated and resting it, when I put any weight on the injured leg, the area of the lower leg just above the ankle and about half-way up the calf lights up with very severe pain. Not in one spot, but the whole cylindrical section.
My first guess would be broken bone . . . except that as I gently (and with lots of resulting pain) put more load on it, after about a minute or so, the pain goes away, and I can walk normally (or as near normal as the leg allows) without any pain. That would not happen with a broken bone or hairline fracture.
When I say pain, imagine you are hurt, and the spot where you are hurt calls for help from anyone within the radius of a few hundred miles who is also hurt, and borrows their pain. I know it sounds like I am exaggerating, but It. Really. Really. Really. Hurts.
. . . and then, after a minute or so, and within the span of about two seconds, it goes away. No answers or even theories from either the doctor or the PT. Wonderful. I’m hoping it has to do with the swelling and extra fluid, but I’m no doctor.
Anyway, I am going to go and write the protected post (it will be up shortly), and can be accessed via the password listed above. It’s bruising; don’t complain that I did not warn you.
Oh, as an aside, because I was up most of the day, I took care of some unfinished tasks, did the monthly bills, avoided eating broccoli, and did other things. Things that were not writing for NaNoWrimo.
Sorry. I feel like I’m giving everyone the bird.
As I said, the photos have nothing to do with the content of this post. It’s just that some people only look at the pictures, so those are for them.
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