January 7, 2008
Today is the three year anniversary of when I began my broken leg adventure. While it seems a bit strange to think it was three years ago, I can clearly remember the whole adventure. As I look out my front window, there is a lot of snow around following a large snow storm, though not as much as when I broke my leg. That storm the snow was above the tops of the doors and it stayed for months. Today it is sunny and I can see the snow already melting a bit. My beloved mountains are really beautiful in their blanket of snow.
For those of you reading this entry, I thought I would just briefly let you know what life looks like three years into the adventure. For the most part, I am able to do anything I want or need to. I have been able to be fully involved in our renovation project discussed in this diary. That was really demanding, hard physical work, and I was able to do anything I needed to. For the most part, my foot is healed. Do I know I broke it? Yea, I am reminded when it gets stiff, when it is sore from standing too long, when I hammer it too much with the physical activity. I have stopped running on it like I used to which is sad. I missed my opportunity to run a marathon before my 50th birthday, and just realized I really did not want to give it any reason to develop arthritis. So I stick to my hiking, biking, whatever. Every once in awhile when I am on a trail and cannot stand it I break into a nice run. It is like Nirvana for me. I just don't do it as frequently. I am finding it also is really important for me to keep up with the stretching, flexibility exercises as my foot can get stiff. That's probably left over scar tissue and just the trauma of the break talking. All in all though, I really have nothing to complain about. Life has resumed after my break, it just took time. At times in the process it seemed like forever even though I knew it was not. So, for those of you just starting out, or for those of you plodding through your recoveries, hang in there. Do your exercises, work hard, and you can regain full ability again.
I hope this diary has been helpful. All the best on your journey!