If you keep up with me on the Gram then you’ll know I tore my ACL at the beginning of June. Which is why I’ve been sharing so infrequently here on the blog. For those of you who don’t know the story, I’d like to tell you I tore it doing something epic, awe inspiring, badass like chasing after a mugger.  Unfortunately what actually happened was that I landed wrong after blocking a shot in a game of pickup basketball. But if anyone asks, let’s go with the mugger story.  While I left my short reign on the court undefeated, it definitely wasn’t worth the injury.  But what’s done is done and there’s no use wasting energy trying to change the past. Instead I’ve been focusing on the task of preparing for my surgery and the road to recovery.

The first thing on my list is to get my support system together.  Just because I live by myself doesn’t mean I have to, or should, go through this process alone!  Since I’ll be on crutches, and drugged up, I’m going to need all the help I can get doing even the simplest tasks.  Thankfully my boyfriend will be helping me get to and from my surgery, as well as tend to my every beck and call.  My mother is flying up to keep watch the first couple of days and my brother is driving up to stay for a week after my mom leaves.  My bestie has also graciously agreed to watch my dog, Ana, during the 10 days I can’t put weight on my leg. Not only does this save me the stress of caring for my dog, but she is saving me some pennies by not having to kennel her.

Next is to make my house as crutch friendly as possible. Because getting around on those things ain’t no heaux!  I’m rearranging my cabinets so I can reach everything.  I’ll be moving some clothes to a closet downstairs. I also got a new shower head so I don’t get my bandages wet.  Lastly I’m moving my rugs so I won’t trip, and so I can use my office chair to get around, which is especially useful when you have to carry stuff!

While this may sound vain I’m really worried about losing a lot of muscle mass both in my leg and overall.  So a big part of my prep has been staying in shape and investing in my home gym. Since I’ll be on crutches for over a month I’ll be pretty much restricted to upper body workouts. I decided to add a pull up bar, resistance bands, bosu ball, trx bands and an adjustable dumbbell to make sure I’m able to get a good workout in from home.  And fingers crossed after all this upper body work I’ll finally be able to do pull ups! Also with working from home I’ll be able to get back in the kitchen and add some new healthy meals to my repertoire.

The last thing I’m doing is making sure I have plenty of entertainment since I’ll be confined to my home for most of the first 6 weeks. That means buying books on my reading list. I also bought a few coloring books and plan to do a photography challenge to help improve my skills.  Of course I still plan to blog and share YouTube videos but I really want to use this time to check things off my to-do list that have been on there for majority of the year.

If you have any tips on prepping for surgery please share them below!  Also if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Photos by Jordan Bowens

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