The Heat is On

Ah, the end of the month … it means that in two weeks it would be the fourth month since I broke my bones and third month since I started my physical rehabilitation treatments.

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My bones had set well and good. I was already given a full-weight bearing go signal by my doctor, and my therapist had been wearing me out trying to work more on my gait quality and endurance. Strength is not a problem for me, but I still have residual tightness and numbness which as I was told is usual with ankle injuries.

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Although, my therapists been telling me that I recover fast and is able to do active exercises faster than most patients they see in similar condition. And my doctor also said the same and mentioned that some patients love their injuries so much they don’t want to be moving on their own, I am the opposite.

I challenged the norm pushing myself hard before it’s time, and it fought back putting me in my place by letting me feel pain.

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The weather in the Philippines been rising. I was still happy until the summer officially kicked in because the heat is also kicking us all indoors.

My doctor was right when he said “let’s not put you on full leg cast” when he saw me the first time in January. Instead, he prescribed for me to use an Air Cast, a type of boots that I put on myself with help at first, and adjust the pressure on both sides to control the movement of the ankle as I start putting weight on my foot while keeping the ankle secured and stable.

 

He said I will thank him come March knowing that the temperature will continue to rise, and I am thankful indeed. Since 4 weeks, after wearing the boots at least 12 hours per day, I am almost not wearing it at all. I walk around the compound in shorts, without an appendage and only has one when I go to the hospital or attend a meeting like I did last week.

Wearing the boots outdoors now is more a precaution and protection from bumps in high traffic area like hospitals and malls. Otherwise, I almost don’t need it anymore, soon it will have to be shelved until I need it when my wires are removed.

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In spite of the positive remarks from my treatment team, I still feel I am not doing enough, and I still feel sad and depressed sometimes with my condition. That was one of the reasons I had by set-back that I wrote all about here Happy Scar, trying hard to fast track my recovery that I almost re-injured myself, at least in my mind.
I am counting the days within the time frame I set for myself which is by mid-June to see if my physical and emotional self will be attuned. For the meantime, I am trying to fight off the heat playing in the garden with my niece and the garden hose.

Cooling Off
Cooling Off

#Ice Candy Goals

Summer has landed … It has arrived!

We’re already feeling the heat, but I still can’t get myself to sleep with the a/c on and good thing is we still have the fresh breeze coming through the windows thanks to trees around our old place. Living in the hills of San Pedro still has its perks except its more crowded now and our neighbours are noisier.

My family’s old neighbourhood had changed a lot since we settled back here early 2000 when my dad retired. There are more people from other places, and kids had grown, but I still see familiar faces. Families that were there when we first moved here when there were only a handful in the mid-60’s. We didn’t grow up here my three other siblings, and I was born and raised in the capital city of Manila, but we spent summers here until we all went out separate ways.

Now that I am back and will be here for a while I made something of my time. Well, I have a lot of that lately, and I am not getting very far yet, so I decided to do what we loved during summer… eat ice candy!

These are handcrafted cold treats made from scratch of my favourite tropical fruits and vegetables … beans are vegetable, right?

So far we’ve made mango – our best seller, chocolates and buko-pandan (coconut-pandan) flavours and now we have a version of iced buko with monggo (creamy coconut mixed with brown beans).

We only make small batches and sell it for nothing – five pesos (10 cents) each.

It’s not for profit after all … it’s for fun! Of conjuring flavours… those lovely tropical flavours and selling them mostly to kids and see their eyes lit up when they start sucking on the cold flavoured ice tube of candy delight!

This is what summer is for me … simple joys! Brings me back to the days when we are the ones buying ice candy from our neighbours. Now I am paying forward to my neighborhood kids 😄

DP Glimmer