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Bum ankle day

I have a bum ankle. It gets wonky and cranky on occaision. Sometimes I've just plain used it too much, the weather goes crazy and it's predicting a system, or I stood or sat or slept on it wrong.

This week is a particular example of the weather patterns. Tropical storm coming up via Florida, and it's a crankly left ankle. Brace is on, Teva sandals all I can wear for the day. No fancy shoes, they won't fit around the brace.

Sneakers and hiking boots were out for the day for 2 reasons: 1. sneakers don't look good with what I'm wearing to work and 2. boots are too warm for work right now.

 So I walk with a slight hitch in my left side stride, and I've been doing such a good job of normalizing my walk that nobody's really noticed that the ankle's bothering me. Until the spy the brace, and think that I've injured myself somehow.

Sorry, nope, old injury. It's the result of falling down the stairwells at high school, twice in the same school year, about 4 months apart, when I was in 10th grade. I was, what? about 15 or 16? Anyhow, I have a very weather-wise ache when it's cranky.

About 99% of the time, I don't need any extra support or bracing on that ankle. It's just another joint that functions fine. But when that 1% kicks in, all I can do is brace it, prop it up, and pop another OTC tylenol or ibuprofen to take the edge off. Or think about knitting.

The knitting book progresses. I now have a shopping bag of sampling yarn, all wound up into balls, anxiously awaiting their turns at being knit into sample socks. I still have the rough draft, have started on my introduction section, and started roughing out how I want to write each section. Interesting process, and I can wait to see the finished book! Now if only work-work would motivate me as much!


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