Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
We made it to Melbourne after a total of 6 days. We could have stretched it longer if I could walk, but it made it a bit difficult to do things. After Warrnambool we spent the other 2 nights staying in a guest houses and then a hostel as the weather wasn't much better and it is hard on Rob having to do everything. I don't blame him, I'd hate it if I had to do everything while he just sat there. To be fair I do do as much as I can. Plus, I was getting annoyed with my foot, my crutches, and was a bit cranky. Our last night was in Apollo Bay and as we made our way down the windy road through Lourne and Torquay, we decided we might as well head into Melbourne, well Melton to be exact- about 30 km's SW from the city center, to see Rob's family.
He has 2 second cousins - I think, and the first night we stayed at his Aunt Debbies house, and we are currently in his Aunt Carol's camper-van parked outside their house. At least its better then the tent. Both Debbie and Carol have 2 daughters that are 18, and Carol has another daughter that is 13. One of the 18 year olds Gemma, is still in school, the other has finished and is working. They all like to drink so I think we will get along well. In fact Rob was up till 0430 the first night we were here with his Aunt Debbie!
Too be honest, at this point I am completely exhausted. It hit me today when we went out to go to the Werribee open range zoo (you get taken out on a bus, just my way of traveling!) but it took us forever to find it and by the time we got there, it wasn't worth the money. So we went to a winery instead, and after a few tastings and back in the car to come home, I could have crashed. If Rob knew where he was going I probably would have slept! Its probably the traveling that has taken it out of me, and Rob doesn't always park close, and I am sick of using crutches. I think I will just take it easy this weekend and relax, plus my foot is still swollen and a bit sore. I must have done some major damage as it is STILL more painful at the top of my foot then where the fracture is.Rob will hopefully start looking for work next week and then we can find a place to stay once we know where he is based out of. But for now, its the camper-van, and I'm ok with that, for now. It will get annoying having to go into the house to use the toilet and wash up, but I'll just deal with it. I'm kinda getting used to that now, dealing with things.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I had a different doctor which I was kinda upset about, but nothing I could do. He said the bones are still in place, no movement at all, and they are healing! Yeah! Basically he gave me the OK to head to Victoria and to just follow up with an ortho clinic in 3 weeks to have a follow up Xray. I can stop the injections once these are finished and go on Aspirin. He did tell me I am to be in the cast for another 6 weeks, but we will wait and see how things go, maybe I am a good healer of bones :) The pain is getting better, but the area below my last 3 toes is still swollen are sore, more painful then where the fracture is. I must have done some major tissue damage there and it is taking awhile to heal.
SO, after some goodbyes in Adelaide, we headed out today. Cid and Tim were not there so we left them a goodbye note - they will NOT be forgotten for there kindness and generosity they gave us over these difficult times for us.
We didn't get too far today. We stopped at a couple wineries on the way down the Limestone coast and ended up in a small town, Salt Creek. We are camping here for the night. Should be interesting. It is getting cold at night and coming into the fall so the weather in unpredictable, and getting colder. There are lots of clouds tonight, which I'm hoping don't produce any rain. I was able to help Rob out a bit, but not much. And frankly, it just hurts my good foot just standing there useless. So I made my way to the picnic table with a drink in hand, and just waited :)
I have made use of my backpack to put things in and lug around. It seems to be working thus far. Rob is currently starting a fire (only our second since leaving Darwin) and we are listening to Daft Punk, with only 2 other campers around...... Life is good!
If the weather is bad when we arrive into a place, we will find a hostel or a cheap motel as it is not worth the hassle and frustration of camping in the rain, especially when I can not help.
Traveling will once again be interesting, and I look forward to it, even though I tend to get stressed. Mainly money, and especially knowing that I can't work right away, but, I will get through it, with the help of Rob :) and hopefully don't drive him insane :)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
.....aka Fragmin, aka enoxaparin. A low molecular weight heparin which is a blood thinner. It is an injection, dose based on weight of the person, and it is administered in the abdomen in the subcutaneous tissues. The reason I'm on it? Because I am at risk of developing a DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot that forms in the calf. A very painful experience and if dislodged could result in a heart attack, a stroke, or it could get stuck in my lung, also another bad thing. The reason I am at risk, because of my decreased mobility, and my lower leg being casted so unable to move it, and the main reason, I am on birth control which puts me at high risk of getting blood clots in the first place.
To go back a bit, to when I was prescribed the drug and went to the pharmacist to get it, not once was I taught anything about the drug. I was not given much information about it at the ortho clinic, but I had told them there that I was a nurse. The pharmacist on the other hand, did not know. The only thing I spoke to him about was why I was only given 10 when I was prescribed 14. And this was because Clexane only came in boxes of 10, and at a cost of $50 a box, he just gave me 10. OK, thats fine, I will run it by the ortho doc on Wednesday to see if 10 days is sufficient, or if he wants the full 14. It doesn't really matter because the insurance company will be paying for it in the end anyways.
No one, not eve the tech even asked if I had done self injections before. I had to ask for a sharps container which they didn't have any, so I am using a glass beer bottle at the moment. Obviously if I didn't know how to inject myself I would have asked, however I know there are people that are shy, and would probably walk away without asking any questions. SCARY - and if you ask me, it also promotes noncompliance with medications.
Anyways, back to injecting myself. Such a weird feeling. I have given hundreds, maybe thousands of needles before, but never had to do one on myself. The thought alone of hurting myself with the needle is not a pleasant one, and the first time I did it, I looked at the needle, in my hand, then at the bunch of 'tissue' - yes, I will call it tissue, that I had to jab it in. It probably took me about 10 seconds to do it! , I just kept staring at the needle, then the tissue, then the needle.....! I knew the action I needed to do, but as soon as the needle hit my skin, I subconsciously stopped, and ended up pushing the needle in. Even more unpleasant. And let me say one thing, Clexane freagin' hurts when it is injected!!! I have heard from patients that its sister Heparin hurts, a lot, but Clexane isn't so bad. Well, Clexane is bad, and I hate doing it!! I can think of many patients dreading when I come in at 2000 with the dreadful blood thinner injection, and now I dread it when that time comes for me to inject myself!!!
I haven't bruised that badly with the Clexane, just a small red spot from where I injected myself, and it only stings for about 5 minutes after I inject myself, but I still hate it and can't wait for the next 11 days to be over :)
After 5 days I still find it hard to believe that I broke my foot!!!! I stare at the bright purple cast and still can't believe it, apart from the pain. Never having broken any bone before (maybe my coccyx, but that has never been X-rayed!) it is something to get used to.
Firstly, the pain has gotten better. Since the full plaster has been put on, I have not had the same pain as before with the half slab. I think it helps that my foot is fully supported as well as it is in more of a natural position, apart from when laying down. I find that it does get sore at times when in bed and especially when trying to sleep, but it is more of an ache then a pain. The swelling isn't helping at this point, which I don't think has gotten worse, OR better. I can tell by my toes and a small part of my foot that sticks out from the plaster. I have not required much endone and regular tylenol seems to do the trick. I am not taking any Motrin as it is believed to inhibit bone healing.
Now that I'm not on much Endone, you could say that I could drink more, but the type of klutz that I am, I'd have too much and fall over using the crutches!!! I guess no getting drunk for me, just a couple glasses of wine with supper.
The last few days have been pretty 'un'interesting. Apart from going to the hospital on Wednesday and going into McLaren Vale with Rob on Thursday to pick up a few things (movies included), I have been either in bed, or outside. The bedroom we are staying in has a beautiful french door that leads outside which as a patio. It is great as there are massive windows to look outside and everything is close by. I go outside a couple times a day to get some fresh air and sun, but it is much easier for me to be inside, everything I need is within hands reach. Water, nibblies (which I try and stay away from), books, and of course, my computer!! If I need anything while I'm outside, Rob has to get it for me, and to be honest, he does enough. He has done the laundry, cooks, and took down the tent that we will longer be needed, plus be my slave and do the silliest things for me :)
I had a shower yesterday for the first time since the injury, and it was heaven!! Cyd and Tim (the kind owners of the house that have let us invade their basement) lent us a plastic chair to stick in the shower and I managed to wobble my way in. I washed my hair, a good wash this time! and shaved my one leg :) should be interesting when the cast comes off, I may need to wax that leg!!
Winnie comes down for a visit every once and a while, she tries to steal one of my crutches or a sock, and gives me that puppy look - 'come and play', but of course I can't, so I give her lots of scratches! Then Rob goes and plays with her. How much I'd love to walk!
Right now we are just taking it day by day, but I have to admit I constantly think about the future. When will I be able to work again? (not that I want to work anytime soon!) Will I need much rehab? When we will we be able to leave Adelaide? Plus I don't want to overstay here as Cyd and Tim have done enough helping us out. We may have to pay extra and get into a hostel after next Wednesday. I still don't know about getting into and out of a tent??? Rob will be calling about work on Tuesday, after the Easter holidays, so hopefully he can pick up something. Oh so many unknowns, which I hate.
For now, we will sit back, relax, and enjoy the Easter Holidays!
More updates to come.........just because I am bored :)