I’m a month late, but sometimes you need to give yourself a grace period to get your sh*t together in a new year. Seems like there’s a widespread consensus that January was this year’s “free trial” month, so I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling that way!
With that being said, welcome back to my blog! I took a hiatus for good reason– not that ankle reconstruction surgery is a “good” thing. This past November, I underwent my third surgery in less than a year’s time frame. After the surgeries on my left and right knees, my right ankle basically broke down and required some serious medical attention.
I had originally broken my right ankle in 2009 after just having started college at the University of Southern California. It’s a long story I’ll save for another time/post, but the doctor I was assigned at the hospital in L.A. pretty much screwed my ankle up by opting not to surgically repair it, and by setting it incorrectly in the cast. This altered the course of its recovery, and I believe that lead to my ankle’s present break down.
After experiencing a ton of pain walking (i.e., our most essential way of getting around) a few months ago, I found out that I had a multitude of things wrong with my ankle. An osteochondral defect in one area, a bone spur in another, tendons and ligaments that were stretched out and needed to be tightened, and more medical mumbo jumbo I still don’t know how to explain. My surgery ended up being more involved than my surgeon originally thought, so I woke up from anesthesia to find out I now had 3 large stitched-together incisions (rather than small arthroscopic incisions) and a metal plate and screws holding things together inside that will stay in there for the rest of my life.
The recovery process is a LONG one: 8 weeks of being in a cast and not bearing any weight on my ankle (meaning crutches and/or knee walker scooter), 6 weeks in another hard cast where I start to introduce weight bearing while still using crutches, 6 weeks in a walking boot, and then an ankle brace for however long is needed, along with a LOT of physical therapy.
I’m in phase two of the recovery process, and things have not been easy. When you have to use crutches to do every single thing for months on end, even the simplest tasks become physically exhausting. If I leave my water bottle across my room, or have to hang a jacket up in my closet… all I can say is UGH. There’s also the constant pain, the super fun post-surgery complications (I’m looking at you, blood clot), the massive lack of sleep (try getting comfortable in a cast up to your knee with your leg elevated every night), the stir-craziness from being home most of the time, and the emotional component, because all of the above can really weigh on you.
Needless to say, it’s been difficult to feel up to posting on my blog and Instagram during this recovery period, which is why I’ve been M.I.A. I will be easing back into things soon, and hope to create a ton more content in 2018!
I have one or two more #OOTD posts to share with you that I styled and photographed prior to my surgery. I won’t be able to showcase more outfits until I’m out of casts, since it’s practically impossible to wear anything fashionable in this condition! But shopping and beauty content are in the works too, so be sure to keep a lookout for those.
In addition to ramping things up with my blog and social media, I thought I’d share some of my other 2018 resolutions:
- Go to sleep earlier (still working on this one– it might be my biggest challenge)
- Cut off technology usage an hour before bedtime (also still working on this one…)
- Eat less processed foods
- Get back into a consistent yoga practice (once I am physically able to)
- Stop picking at my skin (is anyone else guilty of this?! I can never seem to leave well-enough alone, and tend to make my breakouts worse, ugh)
- Read more non-fiction books
- Stop “saving things” for special occasions
What are your resolutions for the year? I want to hear them – leave a comment below! You may even be more likely to stick to your resolutions after typing them out. 😉
I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2018, and thank you for reading! Xo