Friday, January 29, 2010

January is almost over

It's the last Friday in January, 2010. The weather has been pretty nice--for Portland.

My ankle is doing good; very little pain. I'm looking forward to being able to walk on it. Hopefully, that'll start next week, although I imagine that I'll still need to use a crutch or cane for a while.

I'm experimenting with the next version of Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx, in a vmware image. I won't install it on my linux machines at home, yet. I've been using Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my netbook most of the time, only occasionally rebooting into Windows XP. If my network printer, a Panasonic KX-MB781, supported Linux, I'd be very tempted to just wipe out the Windows partition and just run it as a linux only machine.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I got my staples out.

I went to the orthopedic office yesterday and they removed the staples from my ankle. The length of my incision is longer than I expected--around 2 inches. It stung when the staples were coming out and I had some pain later in the evening. Instead of a plaster cast, they gave me a boot to wear. It is nice--I can now remove the boot to take showers, etc. Also, they said that I should be able to put some weight on the ankle in a couple of weeks--which is a good thing.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Three Day Weekend

It's the Friday before a 3 day weekend. I think that my ankle is draining me--even though my activity level has dropped significantly, I'm more tired. During the night, it was aching in spasms, so my sleep wasn't as sound as it'd normally be. I'll be glad for when I can just walk to the break room/bath room/etc., without having to worry about crutches, or falling.

With my ankle injury, my goal of taking a picture a day hasn't worked out. It is just too hard to get out to take a picture--and would have ended up as just the same scenes from inside the house. When I can maneuver myself safely and easily, I'll start it back up again.

We're talking of going to the theater to see Sherlock Holmes this weekend. Hopefully, the crowds have died down enough that my foot won't be trampled getting in and out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Surgery went fine

My ankle surgery went fine. I was in quite a bit of pain Sunday through Tuesday, but didn't have any other side effects. I spent a lot of time watching Netflix videos.

I'll be very glad to get rid of the cast and crutches and just be able to walk normally again. I'm getting a little more competent at maneuvering using the crutches, but they are still a pain.

I'm working from home today; if my ankle doesn't get any worse, I plan to drive to the office for work tomorrow.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ankle Surgery

I went to the orthopedic doctor yesterday to get a cast put on. They did an x-ray before hand, and even though I haven't injured the ankle further, the chip of my tibia has moved away from the main bone. If they were to just put a cast on, they estimated that it would take over 4 months before the ankle would heal. So they, are going to put a screw in, attaching the chip. With the surgery, it should only be 4-6 weeks before I am out of the cast.

The surgery will be under general anesthesia, and I'm not looking forward to it--or the recuperation afterward. I'm glad that I have my netbook computer and Roku box (for streaming Netflix videos) to keep me entertained.

Monday, January 04, 2010

1st Work Day of 2010

Because of my broken ankle, I'm having to work from home for the first few days this week, at least until I get my cast put on. I'm getting tired of being a couch potato! The pain isn't too bad, but I still have to be careful and make sure that I don't put any weight on the ankle; if I injure it further, I'd need to have surgery--which is something that I don't want.

I am glad that I have my netbook and Roku box to help give me some distractions. I've been able to watch some old episodes of Columbo, one of my favorite TV detectives, using Netflix streaming.