While having a broken ankle and foot is quite a pain in the, well, foot, there are some positives to the situation. It was a silly accident that has created a major annoyance, but it certainly could have been worse.
*At least I’m not in a traditional cast. I can remove it to sleep, if I wish (though most of the time I leave it on), and I can remove it to shower, thank goodness. Also, I can remove it temporarily if it’s just feeling uncomfortable.
*At least I’m not in a cast boot with snow and ice on the ground. (Not that I’ve gone outside all that much in the past two weeks.)
*At least I’m not in a cast boot in the summertime.
*Having a cast is practically a prescription for watching Netflix as much as possible.
*We actually had very few plans this month, so we didn’t really have to cancel anything. (We had briefly pondered a small spring break trip, but that didn’t work out. Good thing now!)
*All yoga pants, all the time!
*I get a one-month pass to get out of doing dishes!
Now, all that being said, I don’t want to underplay this. It really is quite a challenge. Nearly all household and parenting duties have been shifted to The Husband, which puts a lot on him and is incredibly stressful for him (well, and for all of us). I have a very hard time asking for help on a good day, but I have to do it constantly now, and we don’t really have much local help, so that puts even more onto The Husband’s shoulders. I definitely commend him for all he’s doing, as it’s quite a bit (but also secretly hope he understands better how much “behind-the-scenes” types of things I do on a daily basis). I never realized how many things I do each day that I simply took for granted that I could do it pain-free. Putting on pants. Getting into the shower. Picking up things that fell on the floor. Going to grab some water. Putting in a DVD. Laying on my side in bed. Answering the front door. Making lunch for myself.
But, again, this is all temporary for me, and I appreciate THAT most of all.