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I rented a buffing machine to clean our tile floor. It cleaned up OK, I guess, except for a powdery white residue everywhere. I thought this might be efflorescence, but upon further investigation I decided it’s probably just dirt, specifically drywall dust.

As I was carrying the buffing machine back out to the car, I twisted my ankle, probably because my shoe wasn’t laced properly. I dropped the machine, which is pretty heavy. Luckily I didn’t drop it on my foot. I tried to act like I hadn’t sprained my ankle, because I was so gung-ho to get a lot of work done on our house over this three-day weekend. I returned the machine to the store, came back home, wet-mopped the floor, then hobbled upstairs and discovered that my ankle was quite swollen.

I’ve been trying to practice the RICE method since.

Normally I would almost enjoy being laid up like this. It’s a good chance to catch up on my reading. But we are in the home stretch of this flood renovation, and Xy’s eight months pregnant, so the timing really sucks. I was in something of a foul mood, but I’m starting to accept my condition. It seems to be a mild sprain, and I anticipate healing quickly.

Update: As of February 7th (two and a half weeks later) I’m back to riding my bike to work. I’m still wearing a brace but the ankle’s healing, slowly rather than quickly.

Update: As of February 20th, ankle’s still stiff. I am only wearing a brace for the ride or for more strenuous activity. Stairs especially are difficult.

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  1. Lee Lee

    Sorry to hear that b. I understand the rush to get the job done, but everything can wait for your health.

  2. Anthony Anthony

    Take care, man.

  3. Once the swelling goes down and you have to get back on your feet, the doctor told me nothing’s better for support than a tightly laced pair of army boots. Hope it’s better shortly!

  4. Annonymous Annonymous

    Years ago, we were told that riding a stationery bike is good for a sprained ankle. Riding your regular bike should be a help.

  5. R’fuah sh’leimah (healing and health) going out to you from me. Be well.

  6. Scott Scott

    is it any better today?

  7. Yes, Scott, it’s getting better by the hour. Thanks to all the well-wishers.

  8. Eric Paul Eric Paul

    I spent part of the three day weekend with Diarrhea – I’d gladly trade.

  9. Garvey Garvey

    Is that code for a person’s name?

  10. That sucks! Glad to hear it’s feeling a bit better.

  11. Bill Bill

    RICE is good – compression is especially important, I have found. Good luck for a speedy recovery.

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