Coping With Crutches And A Broken Foot

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time…a slight twist of my foot and I’ve ended up with two broken (the 4th & 5th) metatarsal bones in my left foot, my leg is now in a cast and I’m coping with crutches. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, Charles Dickens famous opening line from A Tale Of Two Cities could easily describe my life now. For weeks to come, I’m not allowed to put any weight on my broken foot. The injury to my foot means that everything I need to be doing must now be accomplished on one leg and two wobbly crutches. I should call them “devil sticks” and if you’ve ever been in a cast and on crutches for a non weight-bearing problem, I believe you will understand. If not, you might think I’m just being a baby about my predicament.

Coping With Crutches And A Broken Foot

Coping With Crutches And A Broken Foot

While crutches have been used for hundreds of years as a way to aid in walking, my wobbly, cold aluminum devices don’t seem to help me get around a lot better than when they were made from carved wooden branches hundreds of years ago. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little but crutches definitely affect your ability to function in your day-to-day life.

Maneuvering around with these things takes a lot of upper body strength and requires good coordination and balance. If you are young and fit, this might not be much of a problem but I don’t seem to have any of those attributes. If I did, I probably wouldn’t have broken my foot in the first place.  Using the crutches for even small distances has resulted in aching shoulders, arms, hands, hips, back and a sore knee on my good leg and this is just the first week.

The simplest of tasks have now become difficult or next to impossible because both of my hands are occupied holding myself up on the crutches when trying to walk on one leg. I’m a very active person and don’t like to rely on others but I’m now dependent on my husband helping me with most everything. The food shopping, cooking (thank goodness he is a very good cook) and keeping the house in order have now become his tasks. Mowing the orchard and taking care of my vegetable and flower gardens will have to be done by others as well.

Just trying to get around the house has its own problems as there are steps throughout our home. As far as I’m concerned, stairs and crutches can be a dangerous combination. Any misstep I might make could lead to another accident so for safety’s sake, I’m “butt scooting” up and down our main staircase each morning and evening. Needless to say, I’ll need to buy a couple of new pairs of jeans when I can once more go shopping.

Keeping my crutches within arm’s reach can create a problem as they easily slide and fall, knocking over anything in their vicinity. Within the first 24 hours of using them, they have knocked over a large glass of water and a cup of tea which I couldn’t reach and wipe up. Thank goodness,  my husband was nearby to dry up the spills. Life is not going to be a piece of cake for him either over the weeks to come and we are both learning to adapt.

You might be wondering about my reference to the best and worst of times. The “best” is that I’m very grateful that I have the help of my husband and friends, many people who live alone are not that fortunate. I’m also grateful that I’ve got an Aircast walking boot instead of a plaster cast which I’ve experienced on previous breaks. It certainly makes life easier as I can remove it and carefully sit on a shower stool to bathe. Once my foot has progressed in its healing process in a few weeks, the hard plastic cast with its rubber sole will allow me to put some weight on my foot and walk with the aid of my crutches. After the bones get stronger, I’ll be able to get rid of the crutches. At the end of 6 to 8 weeks, I should be able to eliminate the boot.

Another positive note has been the good response of people looking at our home that is now for sale. One couple in particular seems to like our home as much as we do. If we can all reach an agreement in the next few days, we will then have to be packed up and moved out of our house by the end of August.

Now you can understand the “worst of times”. This seemingly small injury to my foot is going to create real difficulties getting ready for our move to Florida. What we are taking with us has to be packed up and ready for the movers in a matter of weeks. Everything we are not taking with us has to be moved over to the barn, priced and sold over the course of a few weekends. I’m supposed to keep my foot elevated so accomplishing all of this while slowly shuffling around in a cast and on my crutches will be a real challenge.

The limitations placed on my life are annoying at the very least and problematic when considering the move ahead of us. I’m learning to cope having my leg in a cast, using the crutches and I’m grateful that this is not a permanent situation. They are all small things compared to what millions of people have to endure for long periods of time or perhaps the rest of their lives. I’m looking forward to the day when the doctor tells me that my foot is healed and I can put away the cast and crutches, hopefully not to be used again.

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231 Responses to Coping With Crutches And A Broken Foot

  1. Oh Karen! Truly bad luck with that break and the timing…not that there’s any GOOD timing for breaking your foot. I do hope you’ll mend quickly and that your house sells, even though it means trying to move with your broken bones. Just be careful, take things slowly and take care!

    • Karen says:

      You are so right, Betsy…there is no time good time for a broken bone but my timing was absolutely horrible. I appreciate your wish on my foot healing and on the sale of our home, thank you. You can’t imagine how slow and careful I’m trying to be on my crutches. 🙂

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    No cast, but after knee surgery and 3 hip replacements … crutches (heavy wooden ones NOT the lighter aluminum) and a cane are very familiar to me. You learn the mnemonic “the good go up to heaven, the bad go down to hell” to tell you which leg you use first when going up and down stairs. I also had to be careful that the screws on the crutches were facing in the right direction so they wouldn’t catch on the stair edge depending on the direction. And I live alone so grocery shopping and cooking were even MORE fun.

    Good luck.

    • Karen says:

      Oh Boleyn, you definitely know where I’m coming from. I keep telling myself about heaven and hell as I maneuver steps in our home. I’ll do three steps but scoot up and down on our main staircase each morning and night because there are so many steps and it makes a turn. I’m so thankful to have my husband helping out so much, it has be very hard when you are alone and fending for yourself. Thank you for your wish.

      • A_Boleyn says:

        I was lucky that I always had someone to stay with me in the house for the first week to 10 days … just in case. The last time (Oct 2012) it was my nephew. He didn’t do any cooking so we ordered pizza, chinese food etc. 🙂 He DID go down to the basement and do the laundry though so that was a real help. And he brought his extra laptop so I didn’t have to go upstairs to my desktop computer. Cause I couldn’t cold turkey myself away from my computer. 🙂

        It was easiest for me to move both the crutches to the outside arm and use the railings when I went up or down the stairs. I just wouldn’t trust myself on both crutches.

  3. Gary Lum says:

    Oh no Karen. I’m sorry to hear of your injury. I hope the bones heal quickly and I hope the plans with the house still proceed without impediment despite the cast and crutches. Hang in there. It’s great you have a loving family support.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    so, so sorry, Karen. I empathize since I was in much the same shape February thru April from my ruptured Achilles’ tendon! I could not use crutches. Tried a knee scooter thing but it was not great either, and the hopping required to use a walker was awful. You are wise to welcome help, and blessed to have it! Prayers for smooth mending and transitions….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary Ann, I can just imagine how hard it was to deal with your ruptured Achilles’ tendon. I’ve looked into the knee scooter but every room in our home has a very high thresholds and I have steps in several spots in our home so it wouldn’t work for me either. I truly am blessed to have help and so appreciate your prayers, thank you!

  5. Penny says:

    Oh, Karen. I am so sorry for you. As you said, this is not the best time to be dealing with crutches. I remember the helpless feeling I had when I had to depend on my hubby for everything when I broke my leg. I couldn’t even make it up the stairs to pick out clothes from my closet. My thoughts will be with you. Wish all of us could come to your house and help you pack and cook for you. You know that you have many friends out there in the blogging community. May the house sale go through easily and the barn sale be successful. Wish I could be there.

    My Best, Penny

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your sweet thoughts and wishes, Penny…thank you very much. If wishes could come true and my blogging friends were here to help pack up, I think I would be ready to move in a week. 😀

  6. Kiki says:

    Hello Karen, I’d say the timing sucks but then again, when is it ever practical to break your toes 😉 I hope you won’t have to fight with the crutches for the whole 6 – 8 weeks but that it’ll get easier to use them. I hope your foot will heal properly and quickly, and all the best with the sale of the house!

    • Karen says:

      So true Kiki, there is never a good time to break a bone…let alone two. Hopefully, I will heal quickly. I can handle the walking cast but hopefully I don’t need the crutches the full time so I can be more mobil.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Karen. This is Linda Hoadley, sitting in the Naples, Maine cottage you once called home. I am so sorry to hear that you are injured and laid up. I am so sorry that there is so much that needs to be done and your bones decided to injure themselves NOW. You are lucky that your husband is willing and able to do a lot of what needs to be done! Still, being an active worker it is hard to sit back and not DO! Our thoughts are with you, Hope your sale goes thru, hope you are ready with moving the stuff to FL and hope the stuff that is staying gets priced and sold quickly. Last Oct we found ourselves in the same type of predicament. We were crazed but we were both able to stand upright and do the work. I can only imagine how overwhelmed you are and will be. Our best to you both!
    On a side note….we love the cottage and are very happy with our life on the lake. We came up from FL in June and have just now become somewhat settled!!! Everything is beautiful! Thank you for the love you put into this home! Love, Linda and John Hoadley

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, It is very nice to hear from you. I’m so happy that you and John love the Maine cottage as much as we did, I think about it often. It is nice to know that we have left it in good hands, wishing you and your whole family a wonderful summer. I do feel totally overwhelmed…it is a major task to sell all the farm equipment, the furniture and antiques we aren’t taking with us, pack up the rest and be out of the house in six weeks. Thank you for your kind wishes. 🙂

  8. Mad Dog says:

    I bet that’s really frustrating. A friend of mine has managed to break her ankle 3 times and her wrist twice in the space of 18 months! i think she’s going to need a padded romper suit soon 😉

    • Karen says:

      Frustrating is right, Mad Dog…of all the times to be so incapacitated. I can’t believe the bad luck of your friend, that is terrible and I can certainly sympathize with her.

      • Mad Dog says:

        I hope yours gets better soon – my friend has just taken her boot off and is walking normally again 🙂

      • Karen says:

        Thanks for your wish Mad Dog, I do hope I heal quickly. At least fast enough that I can walk on the boot without the crutches so my hands will be free to work on packing up everything. 🙂

  9. Oh Karen, how I well understand—that was me two years ago—I’ve added two links to the initial “incident” with the initial tale being rather funny–but by the time I was out of the boot, I’d developed bursitis in the opposite hip as I was lopsided for so long—so I feel for you and I am so sorry—it is amazing what we take for granted when suddenly we find ourselves without or depending on. . .
    yes, thank goodness for your husband!!!
    Prayers for grace and strength will abound Karen—and a good sense of humor!!!!!!

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    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, You do understand what I’m going through all too well and I can totally relate to your story…we are very much alike. 😀 Thank you for your prayers and wishes. You are right as a sense of humor is definitely needed at a time like this.

  10. Susan says:

    There is probably never a good time to break bones–especially those that require crutches– but this sounds like it was particularly ill-timed! Know you’ve got a lot of readers sending their most positive thoughts!! xo, Susan

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, This accident was very ill-timed but as you say no time is a good time. I do appreciate your kinds thoughts and those of all my readers. The blogging world has led to so many friends and I am grateful for the kind wishes.

  11. Oh no! Bless your heart – I say sit back, have a martini and hire some people to pack up your house for you! 🙂

  12. Dear Karen, I am so sorry! It seems when we are stressed things like this always happen. Please be careful with those Devil Sticks because it is true that they are. A very good friend of mine fell and broke her knee after slipping on ice and had to wear an immobilizer and was given crutches. The crutch slipped on her kitchen floor and she fell and broke her wrist! Talk about adding insult to injury. She said she wished they would have given her a walker instead. I wish you a speedy recover and you are blessed to have people to help you.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I think the crutches really are devil sticks. I’ve been having trouble with the rubber tips of the crutches as they sometimes stick to the carpet and wood floors unexpectedly as I’m trying to move forward. Thank goodness this isn’t the time of year that we have snow and ice on the ground then the rubber wouldn’t be of much use at all. I feel bad about your friend’s second accident and I think about what could happen if I’m not very careful on the crutches. Thank you for your kind wish.

  13. Sorry to hear about your foot and the challenges of getting around but hooray for a potential buyer. I’m thinking a closing date could make that foot feel a lot better. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts Judy. If we get a contact on our house and it goes through, it will definitely raise my spirits. At least there are no stairs in our new home in Florida although I hope to not be dealing with crutches at the end of August. 😀

  14. Debra Kolkka says:

    I dislocated my ankle a few years ago…I feel your pain. It is terrible when you can’t get around easily and is a reminder how easy it is to be incapacitated. Get well soon.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish, Debra…it definitely sounds like you know what I’m experiencing. It is very easy for the simplest of accidents to create turmoil in our everyday life.

  15. Oh Karen, I’m so sorry about your foot! I hope it heals quickly and doesn’t interfere too much with your plans of packing and moving. I’m so glad you have your husband and friends to support you. Praying for speedy healing!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate you nice thoughts and prayers, Laura…thank you! I am really lucky that my husband and friends are helping out so much.

  16. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Oh NO. Awful timing Karen. Can’t imagine anything more frustrating. Fantastic though that you have a potential buyer for your home. Fingers tightly crossed for you.

    • Karen says:

      It is terrible timing, Saskia and yes very frustrating. I appreciate your thoughts…we have our fingers crossed about the house too, thank you.

  17. Ouch! I really do wish you well. I’ve been unable to walk several times due to recurring back probs. To the extent I couldn’t even sleep for the first few days. Just makes you realise – and appreciate — how truly active you are.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish Johnny. You are right, you don’t realize how active you are until you are forced to sit on the sidelines. Thankfully, this is a temporary situation…some people aren’t that fortunate.

  18. Karen Im really sorry you broke your foot!!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Hugs!

  19. Sheila Best says:

    Karen, So sorry to hear of your accident. Perhaps this is notification you are to slow done and take a deep breath. At least, that is what I would tell myself. I’m sure your blog readers would have you organized, packed up, moved and unpacked and organized in no time at all. Hang in there. It will all get done as you would want it. Peace!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Sheila, it is very much appreciated. I’m definitely working at a much slowly pace now…even if it has been forced on me. 🙂

  20. Madonna says:

    Karen, I hope you heal quickly. I thought moving was trauma enough, much less managing on one foot. So glad you have a husband to help you. I was feeling sorry for myself because I had air conditioning problems. It took two trips from the a/c repairman to finally fix it. Now I feel silly that I just thought I was having a rough time of it. Saying a prayer for you.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your wish and prayer, Madonna…thank you. This move will definitely be a challenge but somehow my husband and I will get it done. Being without a/c during the summer can be a real problem, I’m glad you got it fixed.

  21. Eha says:

    Karen: crazy. but I burst out laughing when I read this!! Have not become the village idiot just had an unexpected stupid accident over Wednesday night and I am dragging myself along on a variety of crutches, walking sticks etc also: Oh how I understand!! And I last did it before my last move two decades ago also: you don’t have to tell me one thing!!! Sorry, no other way than a Plan B!! Accept and make new decisions: oh, when the cast comes off it will take another couple of weeks to be fully functional: not being negative . . just been there and the muscles not working in the interim sort’of disappear . . . ‘that too will pass’ uttered by the writer you mention! At least I hope you did not go down all along: my face, nose and lips I refuse to own and the lumps on my forehead are not amusing . . . bestest wishes . . .

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I’m sorry that you are having problems and are on crutches as well…I hope you heal quickly. Unfortunately this isn’t the first time I’ve broken my foot so I know you are right about it taking time to heal. I’ll just be happy when I won’t need the crutches as I think they are dangerous in the hands of a klutz like myself. 🙂

  22. During my skiing days I was in full-leg casts (a matching pair) 2 out of 3 years for doing stupid things like skiing in long thongs. I had to make hospital rounds, and that was not easy even for a young man. I know how difficult it must be for you. I hope you have a speedy recovery, and that you get your housing issues resolved. Even without a broken leg, selling a house is one of life’s most difficult times. Good luck. Keep smiling. Keep writing.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes Darryl, they are much appreciated. I’ve had a few tears this week but I’m smiling now. I’ve got to get this move behind me and then life will get better. I took skiing lessons on the baby slopes at Stowe and survived but I decided not to press my luck and have never been on skies again. 😀

  23. So sorry Karen. Hope the weeks pass quickly and you back on your feet.

  24. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Ouch..this just sucks! Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Karen.

  25. plumdirt says:

    Oh, no! I do hope you heal quickly. Good on you for following doctor’s orders though. I tore ligaments in my ankle 16 years ago and was supposed to stay on crutches for six weeks. I hated them so much I lasted a whole four hours. My ankle didn’t properly heal for years. I injured it even more severely nearly two years ago now. I followed doctor’s orders that time, but crutches for three weeks was rough.
    All of the things you take for granted…carrying a glass of water, how easy everyone makes those little scooters at the grocery store look, putting on pants… I was fortunate enough to have a wonderfully supportive husband as well. I couldn’t imagine the frustration doing it solo. The poor guy though. He had double duty waiting on me hand and foot because the day I did my ankle was the start of morning sickness…the worst of times as well!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Plumdirt, You definitely know what I’m going through. Crutches are hard to deal with but I’m going to follow the doctor’s order. I hope they will help in my bones healing properly and quickly. Thank goodness for our husbands…they desire an award during times like this.

  26. I am so sorry for this nuissance of an injury, but am in awe of your tremendously good spirits! May your healing time be short!

  27. Jane says:

    Oh, dear friend…I write this with a huge hard cast on my left arm…my dominant limb on top of it. 3 fractures of the two bones in my arm. I went two weeks with an initial diagnosis of a sprain. Oh, the pain. Much better now immobilized. Yes, I feel for you with the foot/leg and timing—we want to be moving and doing and that is frustrating. I’m answering emails with two fingers because I would go crazy sitting on my bum! As many of the ladies commented—we’ve had our trials and tribulations…maybe to make you not feel alone. Me–bunion surgery 10 years ago that was ever so slow to heal, The real glitch was how the crutches made my armpits sore!! Agony. I went to using one, alternating and hopping!

    Anyway===hang in there and I’m sending a hug. We will survive this! 🙂

    Jane x

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I was afraid that you had broken bones because of the pain you were in, I’m so sorry. It seems many of us have had similar ordeals to go through and I appreciate the stories and wishes, it all helps in making you feel better. A return hug to you…hope we both heal quickly. 🙂

  28. kitchenriffs says:

    Oh, ouch! What a bummer. So sorry for you — hope you mend soon. And hope you sell your house! At least there are people you can hire to do all the packing. Anyway, get well.

  29. Dawn says:

    Oh my, Karen! I’m so sorry to hear about your broken bones. Do take extra good care of yourself. Thank goodness for your caring husband and good friends. When this is all behind you, and you are settled in your new home in Florida, you will have lots of stories to tell. Hang in there! Sending extra hugs! ♡

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Dawn for your hugs and well wishes. I’m so lucky as my husband is taking such good care of not only me but the house as well. I really am looking forward to getting settled in our new home and having this ordeal behind me.

  30. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Don’t try to rush it and reinjure yourself. I see you have the shower chair… be safe when ambulating and moving about.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish, Bobbie. I’m really taking it slow as I certainly don’t want to do more injury to myself while wobbling around on my crutches. Yes, the shower chair comes in handy for keeping my foot elevated when I’m upstairs each morning…it is so light and easily moved around.

  31. Ah Karen, I am so sorry to hear that. It would be hard difficult at any time but much more so when you are trying to organise a move. I hope the couple and yourselves close the sale. Take care. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, It is so true…my foot being broken at anytime wouldn’t be good but when trying to pack up for a move is terrible timing. Yes, we are optimistic about our home being sold. Thank you for your thoughts and wishes.

  32. I’m so sorry, Karen. There’s never a ‘good’ time for these things but certainly the timing is particularly bad. Glad you have so many people to help you. I hope the foot heals well and soon and good luck with the move.

    • Karen says:

      So true Kay, there’s never a good time for a broken bone. As each week goes by, my husband and I will adapt and get this move behind us. Thank you for your nice wish.

  33. niasunset says:

    Oh dear Karen, I am so sad to hear this. I know what means because a few years ago I had too…Just be careful, take things slowly and take care! My best wishes and prayers for you, time to pass fast during your recovery, Love, nia

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nia, It seems that there is a group of us who have unfortunately had similar experiences. Thank you for your sweet thoughts and prayers…they are much appreciated.

  34. David says:

    Good luck, Karen. I am confident you will rise to the challenge! (But I am so sorry – you did NOT need this challenge! 😒)

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, I definitely didn’t need this challenge, especially now but I’m learning to cope. In the end I know I will get through it all. Thank you for your wish.

  35. Oh Karen I was so sorry to read this news. I’m wishing you a speedy and safe recovery – I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you. Both getting around and learning to accept help from others for pretty much everything. When you’re used to jsut getting on with things it’s hard to let others take over for a while 😦 Be gentle on yourself and don’t rush to get rid of those crutches until your body is really healed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, It really is hard to rely on other people for everything that was so easy to do in my everyday life. Thank goodness my husband is going above and beyond in making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. The crutches are hard to deal with but in the end I know that they are the only way my bones will heal properly.Thank you for your kind wish.

  36. Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear this! 😦 What an awful thing to happen at a time when you are so busy. Well, broken bones aren’t pleasant at any time, but especially not when you’re in the upheaval of packing and moving! I hope you heal quickly.

  37. Oh Karen, feet are such strange things. My physio, who is an incredible runner, fell over in the garden and broke four metatarsals. You would think his feet would of be very supple and strong. His diagnosis is similar to yours.

    I hate being laid up, it’s so boring. At least you can get lots of blogging done.

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, What a story…no matter how fit you think you are, silly accidents like this happen to the best of us. I don’t think we realize how much our lives depend on our feet and how delicate they are.

  38. Sue says:

    Karen–so very sorry to hear about your broken foot. I’m very happy that you have such a good husband to help with everything. I hope all goes well with the sale of your home—and that your move goes smoothly and problem free. Best of luck to you!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes Sue. I’m really lucky that my husband is going above and beyond in making sure that I’m not only taken care of but doing all the jobs I normally do. I couldn’t cope without him, that is for sure.

  39. Oh Karen, I am so very sorry to hear you broke your foot. Even if you didn’t have so much going on, it is still such an inconvenience. Crossing fingers and holding thumbs about your prospective buyers. All very exciting.
    Have wonderful and hopefully relaxing weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mandy, I’ve got my fingers crossed as well. Hopefully we will know tomorrow if we have a contract on our home. You are right, a broken foot is a definite inconvenience. I’ve been sitting in our barn this weekend for a barn sale. At least it makes me feel I’m getting something accomplished. 😀

  40. Caroline says:

    Oh Karen I sympathise – I broke my 5th metatarsal in holiday in France 3weeks ago! I then slipped on my ‘derierre’ a couple of days later using the crutches which are definitely not as easy as they look! Upside, my French is definitely better and I had a very relaxing holiday but my husband had to do everything for me and has come home needing a holiday. I have a very sexy black boot similar to your grey one and have to start weight bearing which is bit scary. Here’s hoping we both mend quickly. 😀

    • Karen says:

      Oh Caroline, It sounds like we are birds of a feather…I’m so sorry about your broken foot. I know how wobbly it is for us maneuvering on crutches. Would you believe years ago, I broke this same foot on the second day of a trip to Italy with my husband and friends. Wishing you a quick recovery, hopefully I’ll be right behind you. 🙂

  41. What an awful thing to happen! My sister broke her leg one week before moving house to a place with twenty steps up to the front door and another flight of stairs up to her bedroom. The house she was leaving was all on one level with two steps up to the front door. Murphy’s Law is always ready to strike. You will build some good upper body strength and lose weight over this period. She did.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, What bad luck for your sister. We can never forget about Murphy’s Law…always lurking around the corner at the most inopportune times. I’ll be happy with the upper body strength but I can’t imagine that I’ll lose weight as I’m usually extremely active and now I can do so little. I’ll let you know how it all turns out. 🙂

  42. lifeincharente says:

    You have my sympathies, I have had a fractured foot and at another time an op on my foot and both were difficult to say the least of it. Just try to relax and do not use it. Let it heal properly or you will regret it later. Take that from someone who knows!!! Have a peaceful weekend Diane

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes, Diane…they are much appreciated since you are speaking from experience. I’m really trying to be very careful with my foot as I don’t want to have problems later on down the line.

  43. Wish you a speedy recovery, Karen. I’ve only had to use crutches a couple times, (where’s the wood to knock on?) and I didn’t like it at all. Made me feel like such a klutz! Glad you could be on the brink of selling that beautiful home . . . lucky people, your buyers.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, I totally agree with you about crutches making you feel like a klutz. You certainly can’t move around freely and I feel like I’m going to fall on my face at anytime and undo any healing that might be happening. Thank you for your nice wishes for a quick recovery. Hopefully we should know something about our home tomorrow. 😀

  44. Monique says:

    A few years ago I hurt the sole of my foot..and could not walk on it..we had crutches and I used them..the most awkward things ever.So I hear you..I only needed them for a few days..So,bon courage Karen..and I can see why the timing is so off:(!
    On a happier note..this too shall pass.. I now love the idea of things that heal contrary to serious conditions that do not and always say that now..the best encouragement is knowing you won’t have this forever..and how great is taht news about the couple:) Lucky them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, It really is true that crutches are awkward to use while trying to keep weight off one of your feet. I appreciate your kind thoughts and you are right, this too will pass. I do hope that we have found a couple that likes our home as much as we do and that we can pass it on to loving hands. 🙂

  45. coarol says:

    I feel your pain! I spent a month on crutches some year’s ago. The usage seems to affect every muscle, etc. in the body. I was just adjusting to them when it was time to put them aside. You might consider investing in a small “task” chair on wheels. That can help you maneuver from box to box and beyond to get on with the packing/unpacking.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie, So true about being sore all over from using the crutches. I keep telling myself that my body will eventually get used to the crutches. I had to smile about you suggestion about a chair on wheels. I used a small one over the weekend in our barn while trying to sell some of our things. It worked perfectly on the smooth concert floors. Unfortunately, I can’t use it easily in our home because of raised thresholds in each room. 🙂

  46. Norma Chang says:

    So sorry to learn of your injury. I hope you heal fast and you close on your house. But to get so much done in such a short time when you are on crutches is not only challenging but frustrating I am sure.
    Some years ago I shattered my right foot so quite understand what you are going through and, like you, I had to deal with stairs. I was in a wheelchair and grocery shopping in a wheelchair was an interesting experience. Using the crutches were a different experience, definitely no fun. Thank goodness in the end my foot healed and is now back to normal.

  47. Oh Karen, I am so sorry that you broke your foot. What an awful thing to happen and especially when you are moving. I hope, you have some help and soon this will be just a memory you can put behind you. A big hug and hang in there.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for the hug and kind wish, Gerlinde. The timing was terrible but I’m lucky to have so much help from my sweet husband. Unfortunately, I’ve placed a lot on his shoulders for the weeks to come.

  48. Larry says:

    Sorry to hear about the foot Karen. I’ve been there and done that on crutches a couple of times and it was not a fun time. Hopefully it won’t be too long for you.

    • Karen says:

      No fun at all Larry and I’m like you, this isn’t the first time that this has happened to me. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

  49. Agi says:

    So sorry! What a problem to have to deal with moving and packing. That in itself is hard enough! Hope it heals super fast and you’re back on your feet in no time. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Agi, i go the the doctor this Friday for more X-rays. I know I have a long way to go but hopefully he will be able to see the start of the bones healing.

  50. Marigene says:

    I am so sorry this happened at a most inconvenient time in your life, Karen. I can’t imagine the stress you are under. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, promise! Praying that couple in love with your house can find a way to end up owning it.
    Best wishes to you with your foot and selling the house.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marigene, for your kind thoughts and prayers. We are meeting with the couple again today…hopefully we will have a contract on our home this week. 🙂

  51. mimi says:

    oh that’s just awful. i have only had to deal with crutches once, and they kept making me fall. I guess I’m just klutzy and uncoordinated! But they are devil sticks!

  52. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, so sorry to hear about your foot, hope you recover soon. The hardest thing is probably keeping still when your mind is still going around a 100 miles a minute. Take care!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, You are absolutely right. As I look out the window and see the grass in the orchard growing taller by the day, I’m thinking about all the things I should be doing both inside and out and can’t. Thank you for you nice wish.

  53. UGH, I know exactly what you are going through. I fractured my tibial plateau one week after my daughter started walking and had to do the “no weight-bearing” thing for 8 weeks. Talk about a challenge! I hope you heal quickly Karen and can get back to doing the things you need and want to do.

    • Karen says:

      You certainly do know what I’m going through, Kathryn…I can imagine the challenges you went through with your little one. Thank you for your wish, I’m hoping I’ll heal quickly too. 🙂

  54. Darlene says:

    I know exactly how you feel as I did the same thing 2.5 years ago. I can´t imagine doing a major move as well. I did get crutches that go around your wrist as I could never manoeuvre with regular crutches. I also used a walker for the first 2 weeks. ( I told my hubby now I know what it will be like 20 years from now) All the best for a speedy recovery!

    • Karen says:

      I’m sorry that you had to go through the same thing as well, Darlene. I broke my foot on the second day of a holiday with my husband and friends years ago in Italy and was given the short crutches as they seem to be very common in Europe. I found them very hard to use although perhaps it was because of cobblestones and hills.

  55. SO SORRY Karen!!! I feel your pain. The end of March I badly sprained my left ankle and learned the frustration of an air cast and crutches. Both were awful. My leg broke out from the plastic in the air cast, and the crutches caused both wrists to flair. And with a food business, not a good thing. Four months later, I am mostly recovered and able to mow and keep up the business.
    So glad you accomplished so much in FLA over the winter, so that will make your next chores a wee bit more manageable.
    Hope the house sells, and you are on your way. There is help if you allow it for the barn sale, packing, et al. You may need to sit back and direct others.
    Let us know how things go, as we are all pulling for you! Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, It is terrible to have to deal with the cast and crutches but I’m very grateful to have the air cast as it can be removed so that I can shower and shampoo my hair. You are right, I’ll take advantage of any help I can receive…I’ve already had friends move a couple of things over to the barn for me. I’ll be advertising for a barn sale this coming weekend and do my selling from a rolling chair. Thank you for your kind wishes…I do appreciate knowing that all my blogging friends are pulling for me. 😀

  56. Take the opportunity to slow down life a bit and enjoy this subtle pause in your life.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I appreciate your nice comment. The whole time I’m resting to give my foot a rest, my mind is in a whirl about how much has to be done in such a short time. 🙂

  57. Oh no karen! I’m sorry to hear that! ! I actually broke my metatarsals one summer too. Such bad timing but they do heal themselves. Hang in there. I like that you see the positives too. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda, I’m sorry that you are one of the group that can sympathize with me because you have gone through the same thing. Thank you for your lovely wish.

  58. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    You poor darling. Honestly though, your situation and mine are a good opportunity for those men who love us to show us how much. 🙂 I don’t know how many times I’ve yelled, “John!! I need help getting up the stairs!!”

    and he comes.

    Be good to yourself and know that everything will work out just fine – it always does. Whatever needs to be done will get done and you’ll soon be in Florida starting your new life.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, We are both so lucky to have such sweet husbands to assist us as we deal with our problems. I’m afraid my husband has been up and down the stairs way too many times trying to help me. I can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to having this behind us and can recuperate in Florida. A glass of wine while looking out at the ocean really sounds good to me right now. Thank you for your kind words and take care.

  59. Cathy says:

    You poor thing Karen All the best for a rapid recovery and let someone else do all the packing!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind wish, Cathy. My husband and I have been figuring out the packing problem and will just slowly work on one room at a time. 🙂

  60. Oh gosh, I would be furious … it must be just so annoying as well as painful. Try and read and watch films … or write letters to a good friend. The sort of activities we never get around to doing normally just because we are too busy living our daily lives. I hope you heal the fastest and best way possible ! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, I can’t tell you how mad I was at myself when this happened…terrible timing. The last few days, I’ve sat at my desk emptying files. It helps knowing that I’m accomplishing something towards our move. Thank you for your nice wish.

  61. Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear this! My husband broke his ankle a number of years ago, so I can appreciate what a ‘pain’ it is for both you and your husband! I hope it heals nice and quick and that you’ll manage to get accomplished everything you need to! Best wishes being sent you way! Dana

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana, Having experienced what you and your husband went through, I know you can relate to our problems. Thank you for your wish.

  62. Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. Being limited in your mobility can be so challenging, and especially so when you have so much going on in your life. And I know from my own experience with breaks (upper limbs, so at least I could walk around) that it’s difficult for we independent types to need the assistance of others for the simplest of tasks. I do think there are some valuable lessons in learning how to ask for and accept help with good grace (as I’m sure you do). Thank goodness your husband is available to help you at this time. Good luck with your move — you will get through it, one way or another. Thinking of you — hugs.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marlene, for your kind thoughts and hugs, they are much appreciated. I can’t wait for the day when the doctor tells me I can walk with the aid of my cast but will no longer need the crutches. I know I still won’t be able to do everything but life will get easier and we can get on with our move.

  63. Oh goodness Karen – how unbelievably frustrating. I’m so sorry. I like the martini advice above – get a really good book or two – recruit packers and friends – and please let yourself heal even though that must be the most difficult thing ever. We’re all thinking of you. Hugs….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lindy, Yes, I had to chuckle about the martini…I haven’t had one yet as I don’t want to be wobblier on my crutches than I am right now but a glass or two of wine does help my spirits. My husband and I have had lots of offers for help and we will take them up from time to time. I appreciate the kindness of friends and my blogging buddies, it is very much appreciated…thank you!

  64. Helen says:

    Get well soon – how awkward and inconvenient. Thank goodness for your husband and friends.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish, Helen. It is indeed very inconvenient to have a broken foot when I’ve so much to do. I’m so lucky that my husband has taken over all my chores and doing a good job with them all. 😀

  65. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Definitely not the ideal time for a broken leg! Wishing you a speedy recovery. My husband broke his hand a couple years ago and that was enough of an inconvenience, especially since I had to mow the lawn. Having to use crutches must be even worse.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gretchen, This had to be the worse possible time but it can’t be undone. As I’ve gained some upper body strength in the last week, I’m getting better on the crutches. They certainly do interfere in my daily life especially as I have steps and stairs that I have to navigate. Thank you for your nice wish.

  66. I wish you a quick recovery – lots of help – and lots of extra wine in the house!! (: All the best to you during this trying time…

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind wish, Jennifer. One of the first things my husband did for me was to go out buy a case of white wine. He knew it would raise my spirits over the weeks to come while I’m on the mend. 😀

  67. Oh Karen! There is no good time to hurt any part of our body. Just be a good girl and listen to the doctor’s orders for quick recovery. Looking at your photo, my left knee and ankle started hurting… which I strained while travelling in Australia. Luckily, I did not need to put them in cast or walk with crutches. 😦 Otherwise, I hope all is well. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, Fae. All is good with me other than for my silly accident. I’m definitely listening to the doctor. I not only want to heal as quickly as possible but I don’t want to have problems later by doing something I shouldn’t. A sprain can sometimes be as painful as a break, I’m glad your accident wasn’t more serious.

  68. Debra says:

    Karen, I’m just so sorry! I’m sure you were absolutely shocked to realize you had such a significant injury! It’s possible to understand that many people have it “worse” and still be very “cranky” about your personal condition. I can’t imagine the frustration of being laid up while knowing you have a moving deadline looming. I’m sure you’re being told over and over how important it is to let it heal properly by following doctor’s orders, but I’ll add my voice to that. I have had friends go through exactly this same kind of injury, and to my knowledge they’ve followed the protocol and done really, really well! I’m really just shaking my head and feeling a lot of compassion, my friend. ox

    • Karen says:

      You made me smile, Debra and I don’t mind at all that you added your voice along with the other readers who are telling me to follow the doctors orders. I’m going to do exactly what he tells me as I want my bones to heal correctly. I do get very frustrated that I can’t do more but my husband is doing everything and doing it well. Thank you, I appreciate your compassion and sweet thoughts.

  69. Ouch!! No good time for an injury, but summer does make it worse. Get well soon!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, Thank you for your get well wish. You are right, summer is not a good time to be in a cast and on crutches as I would love to be out working in my gardens. I’m trying to look on the bright side though as I could be trying to maneuver on crutches in snow. 😀

  70. Karen, I’m so sorry to read this. I know you feel like a caged beast and the timing really stinks. All things happen for a reason. I guess you needed to slow down a bit… Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

    • Karen says:

      Debbie, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I appreciate your kind thoughts and perhaps everyone is right in that maybe I have been doing too much and need to slow down. 🙂

  71. Lea Ann says:

    oh no! With your description, I too hate those crutches. I’d say this is more than a little hiccup i life, it’s a very big inconvenience. I’m so sorry this has happened to you. :/

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, The broken foot, cast and crutches have certainly complicated my life but I’m just having to learn to deal with them all. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

  72. Eva Taylor says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your unfortunate predicament; I have never broken any bones so I have no concept of the pain and inconvenience attached but I can certainly understand and empathize with you, particularly now while you are moving your entire life to Florida! I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I’m happy to learn that you haven’t had any broken bones…that is a wonderful claim as I’ve had a few in my lifetime. Thank you for your kind wish.

  73. NativeNM says:

    Oh My! I’ve never had to use crutches but I can only imagine what you are having to deal with. Heal fast and don’t worry too much about the move, things will get done one way or another.

  74. Sorry to read about your broken foot Karen. After reading your story I hope it never happens to me. I am “older” (just hit medicare age) and have been lucky to never have broken anything. I’m not sure if it’s healthy bones, regular exercise or just being lucky. I am active too so I can imagine what you are going through. Keep smiling and heal fast 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judi, I hope you never break your foot or any other bones for that matter. I don’t think age or fitness has as much to do with breaks as it does with luck…just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

      • Actually it does, my youngest sister has osteoporosis which is a gradual decrease in bone density after age 35 or menopause. Lack of exercise, unhealthy practices such as smoking or drinking too much and then there is the lack of calcium. There could be some genetics too… lots of factors can come into play and “luck” is sure one of them 🙂

      • Karen says:

        In my case, it was totally because of bad luck. You are right in mentioning osteoporosis as it is a disease that can make your bones porous and fragile. Even if you do get osteoporosis, you might not ever have a broken bone. My mother lived to the nice age of 94 with the disease and never had a broken bone. BTW, I found your comment in my spam file…don’t know why that happened.

  75. Kristy says:

    It is definitely not easy to maneuver on crutches! I wish you a speedy recovery Karen. And much luck with the potential sale.

  76. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Karen. The timing couldn’t be worse! I know my daughter would definitely sympathise with you as she has been on her ‘cripple sticks’ since February 22. I think the words ‘devil sticks’ is very adequate xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I certainly do appreciate your sympathizes.I know what you have been going though with Arabella…I can’t believe her bad luck. Yes, I’m sure she would agree with me about “devil sticks”. Hopefully she won’t have to deal with them ever again. 🙂

  77. reggiorif says:

    Hello Karen, it’s very unfortunate to hear what happened to you. I hope this period will go by quickly. I know that crutches despite being like a stalker following you everywhere for a time, they also become painful where you lean on. It’s nice to hear that you have great support from the people around you… you have the alternative to lean on them instead of those “Hell Sticks” 🙂 – I hope you’ll heal asap!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Didi, for your kind words. I enjoyed your comment about the crutches being like a stalker and the pain they can cause if you lean on them too much…so true.

  78. ramblingtart says:

    Oh no!! Such a miserable, painful, and frustrating thing to happen. XO Wishing you swift healing and MUCH patience as you endure all this.

    • Karen says:

      Oh yes, Krista…I’ve really done it to myself at the most inopportune time. Thank you for your lovely wish as I know I’m going to need a lot of patience before I’m completely healed.

  79. Oh no, so sorry about your foot! Hope it heals quickly. In the meantime, do your best to enjoy a little sitting back and being pampered whenever possible!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Lisa, for your nice wish. I guess you can say that I’m am being pampered by my husband as he is “waiting on me hand and foot”. 😀

  80. So so sorry to hear this, Karen!! Fast healing and try to take it easy in the meantime, which I know is really difficult to do during such a busy time!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ksenia, I thank you for your lovely thought. You are right, it really is hard to relax knowing that I have to accomplish so much and being very limited in what I can do.

  81. Louise says:

    Oh Karen! This is terrible news!!! I can only imagine how frustrating it all must be. Crutches are aweful to manuver. Have you thought about getting a mobile chair? I used once when I was in the same predicament and it was a huge help! Of course stairs can be a pain with either.

    Well, at least you have positive vibes on the house. That is sure to lift your spirits. And it sounds like you have a wonderful support system which I know for fact is always a good thing:)

    Please don’t rush to get better Karen. You do what you can in good time, that’s all. Hope you’re feeling better soon and fingers crossed that an agreement is reached.

    Thank you so much for sharing, and Karen, thank you for your encouraging words on my blog. Much appreciated:) I should be back to blogging before long:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Louise, I’m really limited with what I can use to get around our home. Not only is our bedroom on the second floor but there are steps into our family room and also into our kitchen. Thankfully, I can sit on a rolling computer chair and scoot around in our barn as it has smooth concrete floors and that will make it possible to hold the barn sales. I appreciate your kind wishes and thoughts. Here is to both of us being back 100% before long and getting back to a normal routine with our blogging friends. 🙂

  82. Jean says:

    Yikes! Trying to sell your house and get ready to move is difficult enough without adding this complication! Thank goodness you have helpful family and friends. I hope the healing goes as quickly as possible and that you are back on your feet (both of them!) soon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jean, Yes…it will be so nice when I can use both of my feet. I’m heading to the doctor for more X-rays today and am hoping that he sees some healing. Thank you for your nice wish.

  83. Oh, Karen — I’m sorry for your pain and inconvenience at a time when you really don’t need THIS! It’s admirable to find some strength in the knowledge that “it could be worse,” but, as Viktor Frankl says, when we’re in pain, our pain fills our lives.

    Hang in there — and stay safe! ❤

  84. Sissi says:

    I’m so sorry to learn that you walk with crutches… I hope it’s not for very long… The moment is badly chosen indeed, but I’m sure you will find more positive sides of the whole situation. I cross my fingers for your house!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I’m heading to the doctor today and they will take additional X-rays to see how the bones are progressing. I should have a little better idea of when I can start walking on my cast without the crutches. Thank you for your wish about the house, the couple are coming back to look at the house again tomorrow.

  85. mjskit says:

    Oh man…that does not sound like any fun at all!! Sounds like a perfect excuse to just put that foot up and grab a pile of books and read, read, read! 🙂 Hope the times passes quickly for you!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you MJ, for your nice wish. I’ve been sitting at my desk going through files preparing for our move. At least I’m accomplishing something useful. 😀

  86. ykgardener says:

    Sorry to hear that. Hang in there and I hope you healing happens quickly.

  87. It’s funny how we take simple things for granted and once they’re gone, it’s like the hardest thing ever!
    I am so sorry though, it is hard with crutches, there such clumsy things. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use them but I know your discomfort, I go through it daily. And I appreciate everything I had before RA.
    All the best for the house, hope all goes smoothly with the sale and the move.
    Sending you happy thoughts, Karen! xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words and happy thoughts, Nazneen. It is so true about taking so many things we do for granted. The crutches are clumsy and I’m sorry to say that I think I’m going to be using them for some time to come. At least my upper body is getting stronger as I don’t tire as easily. Thank you for your wish about our home…I think we may get a contract next week.

  88. I’m so sorry to read about your accident, Karen. There’s never a right time to injure oneself. I hope your time on crutches passes quickly for you. When I broke my femur, I had crutches for 6 months, and then a year later after the pin was taken out, another 3 months on crutches. I learned to cope very well, and was able to drive, as I had an automatic gearbox, so didn’t need to use my left foot. Our son was 11 at the time, and he would do all my shopping at the supermarket, whilst I sat in the car and read a book. 🙂 Life sometimes has a way of slowing us down on occasion, sometimes rather ttoo drastically. Hope you heal soon. *hugs* 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, You can certainly relate to my predicament. I just got back from the doctors and the two week X-rays showed no healing and one of the bones has moved a little. 😦 Thank you for your kind wish and hugs, they are much appreciated.

      • I’m so sorry, Karen. Hang in there. It has to come right, but patience is a scarce virtue when one is desperate for quick healing. More hugs coming your way. xx

      • Karen says:

        So very true about patience Sylvia, and unfortunately it is not one of my best virtues. Those hugs are much appreciated this evening Sylvia, thank you.

  89. Ruth says:

    Aye yai yai, Karen! When I saw the title of your post I thought, “Uh, oh! How is she going to manage the move??” I know everything will work out fine 🙂 Just think, now you have more blogging and Pinterest time 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth, I thought exactly the same thing with the doctor showed me the X-rays. I just went to the doctor again…it’s been two weeks and there is no sign of the bones healing yet and unfortunately the inner bone has moved some. Since I’ve had to mostly sitting, I’ve been going through years of files in my office and throwing away unnecessary paper work. At least I’m accomplishing something towards our move. Thank you for your kind words.

  90. I am a little late but I wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your accident. I do understand your challenges with crutches and hope you heal swiftly.

  91. I’m so sorry Karen! I broke my arms and legs so many times, so I know this feeling…
    The moment is badly chosen indeed…
    Hang in there and I hope you healing happens quickly.

  92. Karen says:

    Thank you Marcela, I appreciate your kind thoughts and wish. It sounds like we are a lot alike when it comes to broken bones. Would you believe my first break was from falling off a runaway horse.

  93. Oh dear Karen, this is definitely the best and worst time ever… hope you are healing well, take care!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jasline, My timing certainly wasn’t good. Thank you for your nice wish…there were no signs of the bones at my last doctor visit but I go for more X-rays this week.

  94. Oh dear! I’m so sorry to hear about your broken foot Karen. I can only imagine what it’s like to lose your independence like that. I hope that it heals quickly and you’re good as new 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lorraine, It is hard to have to depend on help for most everything but I’m very luck that my husband is taking great care of me. Thank you for your nice wish. 🙂

  95. Beth says:

    Oh, Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles. I’ve been dealing with a very minor foot injury, but nothing like a broken foot. And you with your move coming up! Sounds like your husband and friends are amazing, but it’s not great to feel helpless when you just want to accomplish. Wish I lived nearby so I could bring you a meal or two….

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your sweet thoughts Beth, they are much appreciated. It really is hard to deal with foot problems…I’m sorry you are having difficulties too.

  96. Oh Karen, I really feel for you! I sprained my ankle the summer I turned 18 in Spain and had to watch my friends swim and cool down in the sea while I watched from the beach. I had a plaster cast and it itched like hell. I hope your aired cast is more comfortable than that.
    On the other hand, I am pleased to know that the selling of your house seems to be on a positive path and I hope it will all run smoothly now.
    Take care and “every little thing is gonna be all right!” 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fatima, Having a problem that restricts the joys of summer is not good and a plaster cast is terrible…I had one after an accident while traveling in Italy. I’m very thankful that I have an air cast. I can take it off when I shower and at night to sleep…that helps so much. Thank you for your kind wish. 😀

  97. I am so sorry to hear about your pain! I feel for you, as I had foot surgery years ago and the recovery part is the worst…it’s tough going, but don’t push it. The worst thing you could do is start to heal, then re-damage your injury. Hang in there! On the plus side – strong arm muscles, right?!? LOL!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan and Wade, I appreciate your kind thoughts. You have no idea how very careful I’m being. There is no sign of healing yet and one of the bones has moved some but I am still hopeful for a good recovery. I laughed about the strong arm muscles…I can really see a difference as I lift myself up the stairs and that is a good thing. 🙂

  98. I can only imagine your frustration! Hope that the sale goes through and that you manage to get everyone rallied around you to do all the packing 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, I am so frustrated with myself…a broken foot certainly isn’t what I need to be dealing with right now. I’m working on plans to get all the packing done and hopefully it will go smoothly. Thank you for your wish!

  99. Oh no, Karen! Wishing you a speedy recovery! My husband had an ankle injury and had to be on crutches – no fun, especially being a runner! I like to get things settled quickly when settling into a new place (military moves – lots of them), so I can understand the setback!

  100. Karen says:

    Hi Sandra, Since you’ve moved a lot, you know that my broken foot will definitely make packing, moving and unpacking a real challenge. I’m hoping everything goes as well as it can. Thank you for your wish, it is much appreciated.

  101. aFrankAngle says:

    Bummer … not that there’s a good time for this to happen, but crutches after a move is lousy! Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  102. Karen says:

    Thanks Frank, I go back to the doctor on Friday for more X-rays. You are right…packing, moving and unpacking is going to be a real challenge.

  103. nancyc says:

    Hope your foot is doing much better now–that’s so frustrating to have something like that happen when you have so much to do! Hope your healing will go quickly!

    • Karen says:

      Sorry for the delay, Nancy. Thank you for your wish…unfortunately as of four days ago the X-rays show now signs of the bones healing. It is going to take much longer than expected.

  104. Karen, wishing you the most speedy of recoveries – may you heal well and fast, dear friend! What a time to break your foot…wish I could come over and help…
    All the very best,
    Andrea

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, Andrea. There is never a good time for a broken bone but with so much to do for our move, my timing couldn’t have been worse.

  105. Wishing you well soon Karen and that you sell your house soon too!

  106. ladyfi says:

    Oh gosh – poor you! As your foot heals a little and you get in more practice, you might find yourself more adept on those crutches. I hope so!

    • Karen says:

      Hi ladyfi, Three weeks and counting. I’m not quite as wobbly on my crutches as my hands and arms have gotten stronger. Thank goodness!

  107. Timing is everything, isn’t it? Selling a house is stressful enough, but you’re fortunate to have so much help while you recuperate. I hope by the time you see this comment, that you’re well on the mend!

  108. Karen says:

    Hi Kristi, I really am lucky that my husband has taken on all my responsibilities. I’m three weeks into the healing process but the X-rays show no signs of the bones mending. Thank you for your nice wish, I go back in two more weeks…hopefully I’ll have better news. 🙂

  109. Karen, I am so sorry to hear this. I know it must be a huge struggle for you, especially with bedrooms upstairs and now an impending big move. Thank goodness you have a wonderful husband who steps in and takes over plus friends you can count on. My husband would/does the same for me and I am very grateful. I was right in the middle of typing a comment this morning when I got called to breakfast and I’ve been thinking about you all morning. We must be on the same wave length because before I got back here to finish my comment I heard from you on my blog. We will be moving when our house in the mountains sells and consolidating everything into the Florida house, so I know the anxiety you must be feeling. With my back issues we always arrange for help with packing and unpacking for me and I must say it is a real blessing. Not everything gets packed and unpacked where it’s supposed to, but at least it’s not in a million boxes staring me in the face each morning and reminding me of the mountain of things I must accomplish. The movers can usually arrange it on both ends and the people that pack/unpack are a Godsend.

    Take care and don’t over do it. It will only make things worse.I’ll continue to send healing thoughts your way and pray that this will all be behind you before you know it. You’ve got the right attitude, a good sense of humor and a good man that loves you and is willing to help (not everyone does). Frankly with those three things in your arsenal you can accomplish anything.
    Big hugs,
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Welcome home Sam, I know you and Meakin had a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts and prayers, they are certainly appreciated. It has been a month since I broke my foot and a week ago the X-rays showed no signs of healing yet. Thankfully the people that want our home also want most of our furniture but there is still lots to pack up, I’m just taking it one day at a time. My husband has set up a table where I can sit and wrap my decorative items then he packs them in boxes. We have a month to get the job done so I’m not panicking…at least not yet. 😀

  110. Sophie33 says:

    ooh dear Karen! I hope you are all better now & are healing! xxx I have had the same experience 9 years ago! xxx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sophie, I appreciate your nice wish. So far there has been no signs of healing but I’m hoping that my next visit to the doctor will show some improvement. Thankfully I’ve gotten better on my crutches but I will certainly be happy when the doctor tells me I can start walking in my cast. 🙂

  111. Oh No! Here’s to getting back on both feet and the sooner the better. I herniated my chest wall in December of 2004 and was moving West come April 2005. We had to contact the moving company and have them pack up the house since my spouse was already living and working out west.

    Wishing you the BEST – Take Care 🙂

  112. rozpaige says:

    Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear of your foot! Isn’t it always that way . . . to happen right at a critical time, such as your move. Well, here’s to sending some positive healing thoughts to you and hopes that you’ll find lots of helpful people to ease your moving challenges!

  113. Velva says:

    Sure hope you are doing better! Hoping your foot has healed nicely.

  114. Oh no! I broke my ankle before, so I know the woes of recovery and crutches … but also how it shows you how helpful people can be. =) Hang in there, and sending vibes for a quick recovery!

  115. Oh my goodness Karen!! As you can tell, my inbox is my nemesis!! I’m now going thru it!!
    Please, please take care my friend! Knowing you, you will only concentrate and by your post have already started to concentrate on the; “best of times”!! ♥

  116. Lisa & Brian says:

    So glad your foot is on the mend and you can get around easier! My husband and I were So glad to have met you and your husband at the barn sale today (bought motorcycle jacket & gloves). Much luck to you in your move! We will visit the barn sale again next week – look forward to seeing you again! You are both lovely people!!

  117. Emily Gooch says:

    So sorry to hear about your unfortunate predicament, Karen. Given the fact that I fractured my left ankle in two not so long ago… I can honestly say… I know what you must be going through, especially about the aches and pains of using those damn crutches. Sending thoughts of speedy recovery and hugs your way… 🙂

  118. Oh my goodness Karen, how annoying not to say painful! I hope you are much mended by now (I’ve had a busy old time and am catching up on my blogging friends) . Claire

  119. EmmaJCarson says:

    Reblogged this on Em's Way To Go and commented:
    ‘“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, Charles Dickens famous opening line from A Tale Of Two Cities could easily describe my life now.’
    Karen broke her fifth – and fourth – metatarsals of her left foot last summer. Read how she copes!

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