Month: May 2013


This is going to be a really short blog.
I am sooooo tired.
I’ve pottered around all day and taken things really slow.
Picked up a pair of mule type shoes from Clarks so at least now I have a couple of pairs of shoes I can wear for work post surgery.
The ankle is now swelling quite nicely.
I just have to dump Dharma round Nan’s house where she is staying for the evening and then I am going to plonk myself on the sofa for the night.

That’s it.
Really not in the mood for blogging today.


As I sit here writing this blog I’m in agony!
I have stabbing pains in my ankle and all I did was take a quick trip into work.
This is a new development.
I literally have sharp stabbing pains when I put my foot to the floor.
When I sit down it throbs.

Anyway, Occupational Health thought I was being too optimistic and said I should give it another two weeks so I spoke to my GP who wrote me off for two weeks.
I decided to take the sick note into work and have a chat with my Manager and in hindsight that probably wasn’t a good thing to do.
This is now the most pain I’ve been in since the cast came off and I’m on extra strong painkillers!
That can’t be right can it?

So, feet up again tonight then.


Today could be a turning point.
I will be talking to Occy Health at 13:30 to discuss what happens next with my return to work.
I want to get back. I need to get off this computer!!
However, I am more than a little concerned about the pain I still have. Even on really strong painkillers.
I know I will be supported but the job I do is literally on my feet the whole time.
Judging by how I’ve been since the cast came off, it could be quite some time yet before I get back to my normal level of work.

Anyway, best not to think about it yet.
I am beginning to panic a bit and that’s not helping.
I’m looking forward to going in to see the girls at work later today.
I’d better update my diary in case we end up discussing some possible work days.

So, let’s try and take my mind off things.
You may have noticed that my blogging over the last couple of weeks has simply been diary entries.
No ‘Dish of the Weeks’
No gushing about ‘Karl Urban’ (shock horror!!)
No waffling about ‘Star Trek’
I haven’t even been hyping myself up about ‘Man of Steel’ that’s due out in just a couple of weeks.
Because I have been worrying.

I think I am just being silly.
Because I had no pain when I was in my cast, I think I just expected that to carry on when the cast came off.
I didn’t realise I would still have pain 2 weeks after getting the cast off.
I think I was a bit deluded when I thought I would ‘at least’ be strolling around the Marina by now let alone power walking.

Anyway, I can’t even get out in the back garden at the moment because of the bloody rain!
I can’t believe it. It’s the end of May and I’m still using the heating.
We get the occasional tease of a summer. Last weekend was beautiful and I really enjoyed pottering around in the front garden.
It looks like we have some really nice plants and bulbs.
The gardens were obviously well looked after in the past and I am really going to enjoy tidying them up and adding a few bits of our own.

So, time to tidy up and get washed and dressed.
Time to get back to reality…. hopefully.


I started my new pain killers today and …..WOW!!
After the first two doses of Zapain I came to the conclusion that two Zapain tablets at a time is a bit much.
I felt incredibly woozey and a bit nauseous.
That said, it did tackle the pain a bit better than Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

So I have dropped the dose to one tablet four times a day.
This to be taken alongside one Naproxen twice a day.
After my tea time dose of just one Zapain I didn’t feel quite so queasy but until tomorrow I won’t know if changing the dose has had any effect on the pain relief.

I have a phone consultation with Occy Health tomorrow and then depending on the outcome of that I am taking a trip into work to have a chat with the ward manager about my return to work plan.
So, things could be getting back to some normality very soon although I am still concerned about the pain I still have.
It’s one thing walking around Tesco’s and quite another to do a shift on my feet at work, even on reduced hours.
We’ll just have to see how it goes.



I went to the Doctor’s yesterday to discuss the pain that I’m still in when walking.
She took a good look at the scar to make sure there was no infection.
It’s looking good and healing well but it is very tender and making wearing shoes almost impossible.
Standing still isn’t an issue but the actual mechanism for walking quickly becomes very painful.
I can’t walk around for more than half an hour without being in more pain than I was before my surgery.

Anyway, the Dr has given me 2 new painkillers to replace the Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.
I am now on Zapain (Codeine Phosphate and Paracetamol) and Naproxen.

I took the first dose of both about an hour ago and I am now flying!!
I am feeling very warm and fuzzy and a bit swirly in the head.
They are going to take some getting used to.

Have they helped with the pain?
I’ll let you know after I’ve gone for a walk.


I took a trip over to Clarks and Brantano to look for shoes for work.
I found some Sketchers with a fairly low back.
They are not putting too much pressure on my heal. Not perfect and I think they will be better for when I’m back up to speed.
I just need to wear them for a bit and see how I get on.
I have also ordered a pair of Mules from Clarks. I’m hoping they will fit because I think they are going to be the first option for work because they have no back. So no pressure on the scar on my heel.


I was only out for an hour and I was wearing flat comfortable sandals and I am now in agony again!
Paracetamol and Ibruprofen just aren’t touching it any more so I’ve made an appointment with my Dr later today to see what he suggests.
The follow up with my surgeon is not for another 7 weeks!
When my cast came off there was no pain at all. That didn’t actually start for a few days and now it’s got to a point where I’m not too bad when I just pootle around taking things easy but the minute I walk any distance, even across the road to the local shops, I am in agony.
More pain than I was in before I even had the surgery.
This does not bode well for walking around the ward at work, even if I’m not doing runs to theatre.
At the back of my mind I’m worried that this surgery hasn’t gone as well as I thought it had but I could be just getting impatient and expecting too much too soon.
I just need my Dr or my surgeon to tell me that.


After a glorious couple of days in the sun we are now drowning in rain again.
Looks like it’s all set to stay the week too!
Probably just as well because after spending the last two days in the garden I am aching all over after using muscles I haven’t really used in 9 weeks!
I need to re-charge before I tackle the back garden.

I may actually go and see if I can find some mules that I can wear for work and casually wear over the summer.

Not a lot else to do in this weather.