Yes, I finally had to do it. I had surgery for a tear in my ankle tendon that I’ve been nursing for nearly a year. I’ve been in a boot, a brace, and haven’t been able to do any of my walks or hikes for all this time. The lack of exercise can really get to you in so many ways–not just fitness, but how you feel, your energy level, your mood, and just about everything.
So, Friday I went in for the surgery. The good news is, the doctor was able to fix it. The bad news is that I have to wear a non-weight bearing cast for three weeks! Honestly, I knew it would be hard to get around but frankly, I just didn’t know how challenging it would be! Crutches are MUCH harder to use than they look, but I am building back some arm strength! Haha!
SO, for today’s post, I am styling a super cute striped midi dress from Gap that I ordered some time ago. The shipping took way too long, but it is perfect to throw this on over my head and not have to mess with pants over the cast. You quickly discover that all those “skinnies” are a problem with a cast! lol (Just a little tip for future reference!)
You can see I also ordered the long ribbed cardigan dress. I love the lightweight fabric in this sweater and the length. It buttons all the way up the front so you can also wear it as a dress! I’ll try that out in a future post and see what you all think. The Gap crossbody bag I have styled before would look great with this outfit: check it out here. All of these pieces are very affordable and Gap almost always has an offer for an additional discount. They do make some cute things to help round out your wardrobe.
Until yesterday, I had a “soft cast” which I couldn’t get wet or put weight on–or take off! The doctor decided to try this cast/boot instead of a traditional cast and I am SO grateful! I could take it off to shower; of course, I had to put one of those waterproof foot things over the dressing. However, the shower was really hard cause you can’t stand on one foot for long! Needless to say, my husband has been a trooper–at least so far!! lol! Finally washing my hair was such a treat–but styling it wasn’t easy, and this was the best we could do!
The real blessing is this knee walker I rented. It’s a bit wobbly but at least I can get around to some degree! Here is a photo of the dress without the sweater and some great ones of my walker!!
Being in this condition, I had to reflect on how far we have come in terms of helping people to be mobile. This little wheeler is just one example. I’m seeing people using all kinds of tools to help them get around and it really is wonderful to see. My little condition is nothing compared to many things I’ve seen, of course, but I am thankful that such tools are available for so many people to use. It really makes a difference if you are able to get around on your own.
Luckily, my “photographer” husband and I took some photos of some Fall pieces before the surgery, so I will share as many of those as I can. I will also be sharing some home decor I played around with a bit in the next few weeks.
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