On the mend: One step at a time

At the end of June, I suffered what I thought was a minor garden injury: I fell over the allotment ‘wonky’ path, hurting the side of my foot. It hurt like crazy but I comforted myself with the knowledge that no one had seen me fall!  I limped home, wincing with each step, a 100% sure that it was nothing major.

The next morning my foot was swollen and heavily bruised. I could barely walk. My family tried to persuade me to go to A&E but… ‘no way was I going to waste NHS resources with a bruised foot’ so I plodded on, literally!

Fast forward to the end of September, I was still in a ridiculous amount of pain, my foot had changed shape and I had lost all movement in my toes!  I visited the doctor.  Long story cut short…I had torn the ligaments, chipped bone and fractured my foot!

My foot was placed in a surgical boot (actually 2 boots because I wore one out!)  for 9 weeks.  I’m left with possible nerve damage, post-traumatic arthritis and a programme of physiotherapy 😦

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Apparently…’ Around 300,000 individuals in the UK attended Accident and Emergency departments after having an accident in the garden in 2004. Some 87,000 people were actually injured while gardening.’

Gardening injuries are terribly common, I know. I’ve had plenty of bruises, cuts and aches but this has stopped me in my tracks. No digging. No clearing. No weeding. Nothing.  Luckily, my injury has fitted nicely into the ‘quieter season’ of gardening.  The weather hasn’t been brilliant either, so the whole allotment site has been generally deserted.

I’m itching to get back to my ‘sanctuary’ plots but this gardening season I’m going to have to plan carefully in order to make things easier for myself.  So far, I have a basic 5 point plan…

  1. Have a kneeler or seat nearby for regular rests.
  2. Get all the tools ready before starting a job.
  3. Look out for adapted equipment…more raised beds, tools with longer handles or lighter weight etc
  4. Invest in a cart or barrow.
  5. Consider a tool belt or work apron to carry ‘bits n bobs’ like secateurs or a knife.

Do you have a tips for a injured allotmenteer?  What about you?  Have you ever come a cropper in the garden?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “On the mend: One step at a time”

  1. Ouch! I did something similar 5 years ago, but walking backwards along a path pulling a wheelbarrow full of bricks! (as you do) The worst outcome for me was thinking I’d condemned myself to a life of sensible Clarke’s shoes. Your predicament makes that sound shamefully vain. I understand the itch – seven days after my ankle turn I was shuffling along on my bum to plant out seedlings 🙂 With best wishes for a steady recovery.

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  2. Oh no, glad you’re on the mend. Not an allotment injury but I fell and sprained my elbow in March last year and I had to take it easy on the plot for March and April. I think you’ve got a good plan, I had to work in short bursts to ‘test’ my elbow, as it got tired easily and became achy. Take care 😊

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    1. Thank you. Hope your elbow has recovered 😊 Weather forecast here in Wales was sunny. It is too…but it’s also 3-…allotment work has been postponed until tomorrow me thinks! Lol

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  3. Oh I do empathise 😦 My own recent diagnosis of fibromylagia and impending carpel tunnel surgery (3rd February – left hand- I am left handed …) means that too am having to consider ways to continue with the allotment and gardening within the ‘now normal’ constraints of my reduced physical abilities. it is difficult and frustrating, but we do find a way … Hope your recovery progresses as well as can be and that you can still enjoy the plot, in spite of such struggles.

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    1. Oh goodness my daughter has chronic fibro so I totally understand the impact such a diagnosis has on life! Use your ‘spoons’ wisely each day…adaptions to your life will be needed but you will find a way! I’ve yet to meet a fibro sufferer that doesn’t have fierce determination and a passion for life 😃 Good luck with your surgery. Here’s to another great growing season 🌱

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  4. Oh my goodness so sorry to hear this BTDT! Isn’t it supposed to be the male of the species that are the NHS-phobic ones, avoiding medical attention at all costs?! Make sure you do your physio exercises religiously – until last year I was very bad at following physio’s orders but lo-and-behold when I did as she asked last year my back pain showed immediate and significant improvement!!! Amazing! 😂 Allotmenting adaptations sound sensible, but you may also need to adopt a supervisory status more often in 2017 😉

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    1. Haha…I’ve heard so many negatives about physio but I’m up for anything tbh…the pain is driving me crazy! Back pain is dreadful – so glad to hear the ‘orders’ did the trick! Just spent an hour pottering up the allotment…can’t wait to get back into the swing of growing season 2017 😆

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