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Day 100!

It’s been 100 days since the surgery on my ankle. My doctor says I can now jog for rehab, but my foot doesn’t think so. If things don’t improve or get worse down the road I’ll be another case of foot joint pexis, so I feel like hibernating and taking it slow and easy for now. In retrospect I could at least ride at a certain level during the three years of foot-wise darkness, so things should be good in a little while now that I have 2 more ligaments.

I never touched the bike since surgery, but now it seems like an easier thing to do than jogging anyway so I went out riding today, to a post office and a hardware store in the vicinity.

Which reminded me, bike riding is an awesome thing. Good in snow and somehow makes passers-by happy and excited too.

This is probably going to be the last update this year, so let us wish you all the happiest of holidays!

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas! I hope and am sure you all got great presents like some bike stuff and whatnot.

For myself, a bad cold is what I got, and I ended up spending most of the day in bed. That’s what happens if you are being a bad kid, if you don’t care as much about maintaining humidity as stoking that stove, if you keep sleeping naked, and if you don’t play outside and stay fit. At least that’s what did the trick for me.

Anyways I wish you all healthy and happy holidays.

P.S. About 100 days since surgery, my foot is getting better though ever so slowly. Thank you so much for all the get well wishes.

Down time before the storm

Our website was down a while ago due to a problem with the web server. Sorry about that.

On the other hand, my left ankle seems to be recovering without major problems in the two months after the surgery. My doctor was pretty psyched (and even said he was scared) that the progress was nothing short of ideal, in his own funny and casual way. He is referred to as one of the highest acclaimed in his field and so on, but is also a real frank guy. Golden combo right there.

Fair recovery doesn’t mean fast, though, as it involves multiple ligament reconstruction, bone extension, and anticipation of recovery of the necrosis in talus. I’ve been off crutches for a while now, but I’m still wearing a custom-fit plastic below-knee brace. I’m usually pretty good at adhering to doctor’s orders like that even if there are some inconveniences.

Probably the most inconvenient thing is that I can’t wear regular shoes. After I got out of the hospital, I was using a shoe cover over the brace at first, a trick I learned from another patient this time. It’s way cheaper than those covers your brace guys can supply, but was not ideal for extended outdoor use including driving, walking in rain or into puddles, etc.

That’s when I spotted a fake Crocs sandal I had bought for 250 yen. Even cheaper than the shoe cover hack. So I employed it when the brace was trimmed down a bit a month after surgery. I heated it with a heat gun and put my foot in, and re-forming worked perfect like that. Very comfortable, but I never knew that perfect fit wouldn’t last forever.

Snow is piling up as I’m writing this. What should I do…

The short-term solution is simple; I can stay inside until the snow melts. But it will start to stay on the ground in a month or so, thus I’ll need to figure something out if I’m wearing the brace at that point still. I’m seeing the doctor next week, so we’ll see.

Also I’ve been meaning to fix the roof before the winter comes, but I’ll just have to come up with the best temporary fix depending on my progress in the coming month. When your condition is not perfect, the perfect solution is not to haste.

Stay safe, everyone!

Left foot overhauled

Autumn is everywhere, in deep forests, supermarkets, and cozy hospital rooms.

Typically mid August to September is the time to get hospitalized for me for some unknown reason, and it happened this year again, for about 10th time or so and after two years since the last. I walked in mid September, stayed three weeks, and hobbled out on crutches last week.

Just like the last time it’s not for any fresh injury but to treat an old, lingering one. There was this new hope to fix my left foot that’s basically been in an unwalkable condition since the injury three year ago, so I just went all in for the new plan.

Previously the doctor said the main issue was necrosis in the talus bone and there was no easy rectification, but this other doctor I saw this time shed a different light on it. He instantly saw I had flexible joints, then proceeded to point out a few ligaments were missing and the joint was very loose, which he said could be fixed by ligament reconstruction and fibular osteotomy to make the joint tighter. It all happened during this one visit at the end of August along with normal x-ray, stress x-ray, and reservation for hospitalization. Light speed.

As for ligaments, I had long sensed the absence of the anterior talofibular ligament on the outside, but never suspected the triangular ligament on the inside to have failed since the seemingly successful reconstruction many years ago. I’ve always been pretty flexible, like flexible enough to do leg splits, which can contribute to severe looseness when damages like torn ligaments and crushed cartilages pile up in the joint. They say “flexibility helps keep injuries away” (at least in Japan) but you just can’t seem to construe it as “the more flexible, the less injury.” Too bad I didn’t know.

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