Foot Update and Seven Questions

So sorry to leave you hanging yesterday! I had a busy weekend working on my bird banding skills and learned so much about different birds, molt, aging, sexing, you name it! I really had a great time, met some new people and hope to do some more banding this winter and into spring!

Northern Mockingbird

Coopers Hawk

From top left, clockwise: Lesser Goldfinch, Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel

Bewick’s Wren

Anna’s Hummingbird

Simply put it was an amazing two days of banding. I think it makes such a big difference seeing a bird in the hand versus just seeing it through your binoculars.

But after heading to San Diego to hang out with a friend on Sunday and Monday, I went for a run, super excited about my healing hip and running my first 1ok in a year on Thanksgiving! Then, the sidewalk became tiered and I didn’t see it, hit the edge of the sidewalk wrong and I fell, felt a snap/pop in my ankle all the way through my body, and knew it was a really bad injury. As soon as I got up I knew it was bad because it hurt to walk, but didn’t think I wouldn’t be able to walk home. I assumed it was just a bad roll and nothing more, until about a half mile in and I was crying and almost hyperventilating on the street.

Through all the luck in the world a nice woman saw me hobbling along the road and offered to take me to my friend’s place so I wouldn’t have to walk the mile and a half more. We immediately put ice on my ankle, elevated it, and I decided to wait a while before deciding to go to the ER. My ankle was swelling fast, the pain was pretty bad even when elevated, and the decision was pretty much made that I needed to get to the ER, just in case I broke something.

I ended up at Scripps Mercy Hospital and the staff and everyone was really nice. The whole process took about an hour and a half before I was discharged and came home with this:

Yep, brace and crutches. I can’t even begin to describe all the emotions that overcame me while I realized how bad my injury was. If you’ve known me from before I was 18, you would know that I have a record as thick as a horse in the ER near my home. I had the worst of luck when it came to injuries and often breaking fingers, toes, hands, nose, you name it, I probably broke or sprained it.  It has been almost ten years, plus or minus a month or so since I’ve been to the hospital. I hate hospitals because they just give me a bad feeling so it wasn’t fun to visit, but it had to be done. You add the stress of having a bad injury to my want to get back to working out and getting in shape and I’m sure you can see the disaster forming in my brain.

It’s been 24 hours and the swelling is already starting to go down, but I can’t put any pressure on the foot, except on my toes a little when I’m walking on my crutches. Anyone have any suggestions for exercises that doesn’t require me standing on my foot? I don’t have a pool available for use so that is out of the question unfortunately. I’m up for anything!

So, since I’m basically immobile for now and Mica was kind enough to tag me in a Seven Questions post she did on her blog! I’ve answered the seven questions she asked on her blog for those she nominated instead of seven random facts because I’ve already posted those enough times to not be so random anymore, or can I? Haha!

1. Do you wear make-up every day?

-I never wear makeup, unless someone is getting married. Even then, I don’t even put very much on because I don’t know how to put it on! I don’t know one product from another!

2. In your opinion, what is the best part of the holidays?

-Family and food, but mostly family. I love that people will travel great lengths to see their family they haven’t seen and it is just so much fun!

3. Which character are you most like from Winnie the Pooh?

-Probably, Tigger and Piglet, if you could put them together. Tigger because I’m constantly bouncing around the world and such for work, but then piglet because I’m a very shy person!

4. What holiday movie are you excited to see?

-Holiday movie or holiday release? I’m excited to see Lincoln and beyond that I don’t know what else is coming out because I don’t follow movies that much; that’s what my boyfriend and brothers are for, they know all that stuff!

5. How many pairs of jeans do you own?

-Five maybe? None of them fit properly so I hardly wear them. Jeans just aren’t comfortable to me, I’d rather be in shorts or a sarong on a beach!

6. What’s a gross fact about yourself?

-My toenails are totally messed up. My left big toe actually has two layers of toenails and my right pinky toe is broken vertically, so I have two toenails on that toe too!

7. What would you choose to eat as your “last meal”?

-Something chocolate, hands down. I’d probably find an awesome chocolate cake, very little frosting, and moist as ever. If you know where you can find this cake, let me know. I would like to eat it before my last meal. LOL

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10 Responses to Foot Update and Seven Questions

  1. Danielle says:

    Oh, lady. I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. At least you have no reason to… show off your toenails now? Sorry… not funny joke :)

    Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! And a not-swollen foot to better walk/run with and meet those birds you love so much.

  2. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m always so scared of that same thing when I’m running in the dark. I actually stopped running in the dark for awhile because of it because one of my friends here wiped out on the pavement and got hurt (don’t think she broke anything, though). I’m not sure what kinds of exercises you could do besides upper body weight exercises, either :(.

    Loved reading your survey, I have bad toenails too but still wear flip flops… and don’t wear jeans much anymore either.

  3. Oh nooo, sending warm wishes your way- thinking about you girly! Ryan heads into surgery tomorrow afternoon on his ankle… You and he both can do some upper body workouts together ;)

  4. Mica says:

    Oh dear! Did you end up with something broken or a bad sprain? I thought “pops” were more of a sprain indicator, but that’s based entirely on my one experience with a sprained ankle.

    I hope you get a delicious chocolate cake to speed along your recovery!!! (And that this slice isn’t for a last meal, of course!)

  5. biz319 says:

    Hang in there Mel! So sorry you are on crutches, but hopefully it won’t take too long to heal.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Hugs!

  6. Maggie says:

    Urgh…I’m sorry to hear about your ankle, although glad to hear it’s a bad sprain and not broken bones or torn ligaments. I’m sending you healing thoughts. Also, I’m very envious of your banding adventures! Banding ended here in early October, and now I have to wait until April at the earliest before I get to see any more birds in the hand. We have LEGOs here too, a breeding population (not common here), which was a cool capture. I miss Mockingbirds though…they don’t make it to the high plains, and they’re such characters of birds! Someday soon I’ll be living back where they live though, so I’ll get my fix soon enough.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Mags. It’s already starting to get better as I’m off the crutches and walking mostly without the brace now, only a week after spraining my ankle. You should come out to CA this early spring and I’m sure you’ll still be snowed in/out and we’ll be clear and free to band anywhere out here! Please please please come?!?!?!?!

  7. lilveggiepatch says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your injury :-( I have peroneal tendonitis, which is not as bad, but I’m your sister in foot pain!

    A few years ago I had a femural stress fracture and was on crutches for 6 weeks, then had to be VERY conservative when I got back into exercise. I know it seems like not exercising for however long is the end of the world for xyz reasons (really, truly, I get it) but honestly, if you let your body heal itself naturally you’ll be back on your feet faster than if you were to rush things. Good luck! Sending love and a big hug.

  8. Sarah says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this! I hope you heal quickly!

    Happy to hear that you got to nerd out with some birding though :-)

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