Guest Blog from Brooke Williams of Goodbye Crutches.
When you are recovering from ankle surgery, you might find that you have quite a bit of time on your hands. It may have been a long time since you simply sat on the couch and you might be rather bored after a day or two. Here are a few things that you can do to help pass the time and keep your mind off of any discomfort you might experience.
- Make Calls. In your busy life, you might not take the time to call people to just chat. When you start to get lonely during your recovery, call family members or friends who you do not get to speak with very often. Let them tell you their stories and help them get over their loneliness while they help you with yours.
- Write Notes. With email and text messaging, not many people write notes by hand anymore. When you are bored and alone, write some thank you notes to people who have helped you with the recovery process. You could also write notes to family members and friends for no reason at all.
- Surf the Web. While you sit on the couch, you might find yourself researching products and reading blogs. You will learn a lot on the Internet and you can entertain yourself by leaving comments on websites. You might hear from some of the site owners or other people might comment on something you have said, which will only further your entertainment.
- Make Lists. If you have ideas of things you want to do once you are capable, start a list so that you are organized once you are able to get up and going once again. Gather recipes you might like to try, list items you want to sell, or organize odd jobs you would like to tackle in the near future.
- Crafts. If a holiday is approaching, you could make some handmade gifts for people on your list. You could knit, paint, or work on another craft that you enjoy. Homemade items are often the most special in terms of gifts and you have plenty of time to create them while you recover.
- Organize. Just because you need to sit and rest does not mean you cannot keep your hands busy. Tackle that filing cabinet or drawer that have overflowed with items. These organizational tasks are small enough to handle during recovery, but large enough to keep you occupied.
- Meditate. Keep your pain at bay by occupying your mind with breathing exercises. Focus on that and you will not notice your discomfort as much.
- Write. Many people wish that they had time to write that book, a short story, poems or other things. You now have that time. You could even just journal or blog about your recovery process to encourage others who follow in your footsteps later.
- Find Alternatives to Crutches. Since you will have to keep the weight off your ankle for a certain length of time, you might want to look into mobility devices that can help you even more than crutches. GoodbyeCrutches.com has three options: the Hands Free Crutch, the Knee Walker, and the Seated Scooter. Each of those options are great alternatives to crutches and you can choose between them based on your needs and lifestyle.
Brooke Williams is former radio announcer turned freelance writer who writes blogs for GoodbyeCrutches.com and articles for many other websites. She has authored four complete books as well. Brooke has been married for 10 years and has two daughters, Kaelyn, who is nearly 4 and Sadie who is one month old.
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