Wanna Sign My Cast?


My little piggies, in all their swollen glory.

What did you do this morning? Me, I went to see the Orthopedic Specialist Dude who told me what nearly every medical professional has told me for as long as I can remember, “You know, this is really rather unique…”. At this point they generally go on to explain to me how I have extra tendons or ligaments or bones (all true) or how what happened isn’t possible (yet it is) or how they’ve never seen anything quite like whatever it is that’s wrong with me. Happen to you, too? I *so* believe you.

The “unique” thing about my accidented foot is that given the way I fell, I “shouldn’t” have the injuries I have. Ha! Tell that to the foot & ankle, people! In fact, “it’s really impossible, or I guess improbable” quoth Dr. Orhto Dude. I love doctors – and they love me, because I’m FUN! That being said, he re-confirmed that I managed to blow the three main ligaments on the lateral side of my foot, which came as no surprise, but the big news was that I also managed to break a bone!

I don’t mess around, people.

While the preliminary x-rays were cleared by the radiologist last Thursday, Mr. Ortho Dude took one look at them, pressed down on a spot on my foot that made me say all sorts of bad words (on the inside) and informed me that I broke my calcanius – not all of it thankfully, but the part that articulates with the rest of the world – turned it into a bit of an anti-social piece of rif-raff no longer interested in maintaining a healthy relationship with the rest of the gang.

You know when you really want to be wrong? I knew something was broken. In fact, it was the first thing I said to the paramedics when they asked me what happened. I could tell. I felt it friggin’ snap. Bugger. I would have loved to have been wrong about that one.

But what does this all mean? When can I go back to running and jumping and leaping tall buildings, etc.? Well, the cast is on for 4 weeks. Then we’ll see after the x-rays. In December. You know, far, far from now. Like almost in 2009. Bugger.

If I must be casted, let’s at least have some fun with it, right?


Non-sporty Monsieur Fish has a very dry sense of humor.


Guppy signed when she came home from school at lunch. “L” is the first letter of her name, the picture on the left is of our accident, and the one on the right is of a jellyfish (she is drawing jellyfish like nobody’s business) but drawing on these resin casts isn’t easy, so she crossed it out because she thought it wasn’t pretty. I told her she could try again later. I’m cool with that.

My goals as of right now are not to gain 5Kg over the next two months and to try to do as much as I can (ab work, free weights, etc.) in the mean time. Must shake off the “eat more cookies and you’ll feel better” blues.

If I knew how to knit, I’d make myself some little toe warmers. Burr.

I’ve got some yummy food to share with you tomorrow. Don’t worry, this hasn’t become “Musings From The Footbowl”. Promise.

Also a huge & gigantic thanks for all the love. It really makes a big difference, believe it or not.

33 thoughts on “Wanna Sign My Cast?

  1. Best damn jellyfishes EVER!!!!
    Sorry about the break, heal, heal heal heal heal!!!
    I will be in france this week – and will be sure to send you lots of happy thoughts from Nice! Be well Shelly.

  2. I’m sorry to hear you’re broken Shellyfish! I hope you make a full recovery quickly, and I’m so glad little Guppy is okay.

    I love the jellyfish too. So cute 😉

  3. Oh no! Soigne-toi tres bien, Shellyfish! If I could knit, I’d send you some toe warmers tout de suite, but alas, I don’t have that skill. Instead, I shall send you my warm & fuzzy thoughts for a very speedy recovery. I hope you’re back to running marathons in no time!

  4. A broken fishbone won’t even make a dent in the awesomeness that is Shellyfish! You’ll be back to running and jumping and leaping tall buildings in no time. I wish you a super speedy and warm-toed recovery!
    PS: I like this lighter background!

  5. I want to sign your cast!

    When I was little, I desperately wanted to break my arm. My best friend did, and she got a rainbow cast. To me, that was the epitome of awesomeness. Then, to add insult to injury, my sister broke HER arm and got a cute teddy bear cast. Boy was I jealous!

    I did manage to break my foot, though. Sadly, all I got was a huge, ugly orthopedic shoe thing!

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