January 21st, 2008 by Editor B

I rented a buffing machine to clean our tile floor. It cleaned up OK, I guess, except for a powdery white residue everywhere. I thought this might be efflorescence, but upon further investigation I decided it’s probably just dirt, specifically drywall dust.

As I was carrying the buffing machine back out to the car, I twisted my ankle, probably because my shoe wasn’t laced properly. I dropped the machine, which is pretty heavy. Luckily I didn’t drop it on my foot. I tried to act like I hadn’t sprained my ankle, because I was so gung-ho to get a lot of work done on our house over this three-day weekend. I returned the machine to the store, came back home, wet-mopped the floor, then hobbled upstairs and discovered that my ankle was quite swollen.

I’ve been trying to practice the RICE method since.

Normally I would almost enjoy being laid up like this. It’s a good chance to catch up on my reading. But we are in the home stretch of this flood renovation, and Xy’s eight months pregnant, so the timing really sucks. I was in something of a foul mood, but I’m starting to accept my condition. It seems to be a mild sprain, and I anticipate healing quickly.

Update: As of February 7th (two and a half weeks later) I’m back to riding my bike to work. I’m still wearing a brace but the ankle’s healing, slowly rather than quickly.

Update: As of February 20th, ankle’s still stiff. I am only wearing a brace for the ride or for more strenuous activity. Stairs especially are difficult.

14 Responses to “Sprain”

  1. Lee Says:

    Sorry to hear that b. I understand the rush to get the job done, but everything can wait for your health.

  2. Anthony Says:

    Take care, man.

  3. Vicky Says:

    Once the swelling goes down and you have to get back on your feet, the doctor told me nothing’s better for support than a tightly laced pair of army boots. Hope it’s better shortly!

  4. Annonymous Says:

    Years ago, we were told that riding a stationery bike is good for a sprained ankle. Riding your regular bike should be a help.

  5. liprap Says:

    R’fuah sh’leimah (healing and health) going out to you from me. Be well.

  6. Scott Says:

    is it any better today?

  7. Editor B Says:

    Yes, Scott, it’s getting better by the hour. Thanks to all the well-wishers.

  8. Eric Paul Says:

    I spent part of the three day weekend with Diarrhea – I’d gladly trade.

  9. Garvey Says:

    Is that code for a person’s name?

  10. chrissieroux Says:

    That sucks! Glad to hear it’s feeling a bit better.

  11. Bill Says:

    RICE is good – compression is especially important, I have found. Good luck for a speedy recovery.

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