Don’t worry I’m not planning on doing a day by day recovery diary!
I am quite fortunate in that I’ve never had a broken bone, so no plaster casts ever and no previous experience on crutches. Luckily for me there’s YouTube and helpful videos on how to go up and down stairs. In less than 24 hours I have progressed from being very slow and wobbly even on level surfaces, and certain that there was no way on earth that I’d be doing stairs… imagining tumbling head over heels to the bottom, to managing stairs (down first, then up). This morning I managed to get out to pick up painkillers and a few groceries. I’m lucky in that my car is automatic and my injured leg isn’t required for driving – couldn’t have planned that any better – so I can still get around.
Last night I didn’t sleep well as the pain was quite severe but now that I’ve got all the required pain relief (cocodamol tablets and voltarol gel) and crutches to ensure I’m not stressing my injury by putting weight on it, I feel that the pain will be more manageable tonight.
I’ve cancelled my 10k race at the end of November which means that my running calendar is clear until March, with the exception of virtual races, and they can be completed by alternatives to running. I start physiotherapy in two weeks and can fully commit to getting back to fitness with my only deadline being more than 5 months away.