My second visit to the wound care center on Monday went well. New tissue is forming and still no infection. When I asked the doctor how long healing was likely to take, he said four to eight more weeks. So that's okay. I'll be going back next Tuesday for them to remove the pressure bandage and take another look.
The broken ankle continues non-weight bearing but the dislocated shoulder is cleared for me to propel myself in a wheel chair. I won't see the ankle/shoulder guy till the 28th . . .
Till then, I'm kept busy with range of motion exercises and others to maintain/regain strength so that when the day comes, I won't find walking a huge challenge. I'm encouraged to spend a lot of time sitting up to maintain core strength, a lot of time lying down with my wound leg elevated to enhance blood flow, to stay hydrated and eat lots of protein, to use body lotion every day to fight off dry skin . . .
And I'm proof-reading the first (and unpublished)Elizabeth
book, preliminary to trying to get it pubbed as an e-book.
I'm reminded of the kid protagonist in ROOM who has lived his entire five year life imprisoned with his mother in a little room and who, at some point says of his confined existence, "Oh, there is so much to do!"