Well, a year has passed. I actually missed the surgery anniversary date if you can believe it. More focused on the fact that my phone’s 2-year contract was up on the 21st. A bit ridiculous but it tells you my focus on my foot has really faded to the background. The above picture was January 31st, about 11.25 months after surgery.
I’m 1 year from surgery, 1 year and 2~ months from injury. Is there anything to report? Well, I think my left leg (surgery side) is weaker than my right leg. I’m fairly ambidextrous but I do believe it was my dominant foot/leg. But I only really notice it when I’m going up 5000ft of volcano with 20lbs+ on my back. And then I make an effort to work the left leg more, and just keep going–it doesn’t hold me back, just a sliver of awareness that my right leg is doing more work.
The only other time my lisfranc’d foot comes to awareness is when I’m landing a jump or fall. I notice it especially when I’m coming off the bar after doing pull ups and landing on both feet. Mentally I absolutely shy away from landing on my left foot, and needless to say it certainly gives me a jolt of sensation (not pain) none the less. I’ve been forcing myself to try to land more evenly and not baby it in these instances. It is a bit peculiar, when jumping from one foot to the other, I don’t get this hesitation, nor do I get it from jumping on both. But when coming down from a bit higher than an average jump it certainly comes into play.
Beyond all this my wife has had some absolutely severe and long-term/permanent health issues arise in the prior 8 months. I’m still shocked by a diagnosis of two different auto-immune issues, especially given that her health was excellent 12 months ago and all years prior—strong, energy, capable, no pain, no chronic issues. I almost don’t want to believe she has been diagnosed with her ailments, because while there was an acute stage of serious concern, there hasn’t been years of wondering ‘what’s wrong’. Without going more into it, I’ll just say I’d gladly take lisfranc and maybe life-long foot pain over an auto-immune condition. And one step back from all of it, as we approach 10 years together, both of our brushes with mal-health (hers far more severe) have brought us even closer together in caring for one another and being there for the other.
I’ll write another update if anything good (or bad) happens with my foot. Otherwise I’ll wait until December 26th 2015 and/or February 21st 2016 for my next updates.