This week, this happened.
Yes, you guessed it. My foot was mauled by an angry bear*, resulting in severe injuries to the 4th and 5th metatarsal bones of the foot. Side note: I always thought metatarsals were toes, but they are foot bones and toes are phalanges!
While the healing plan is still not 100% formulated, it’s clear that I will be on one hoof for at least 2 months and likely longer.
The first couple of days, the pain was making me nauseated, so I really did not care about food. Then I had a day of eating whatever (i.e. pizza). Now I’m starting to think about how to best care for myself while I heal and am less able to get around.
I have a subscription to Splendid Spoon (review to come), so I think that will help me some, as those foods can be eaten cold or just microwaved. I’ll only need to figure out how to move hot soup from the kitchen to the main room in the little condo I inhabit during the week, as I have no kitchen seating. I tend to be a 2 meal a day person, with one of those being something small eaten at the office, so that can stay oatmeal, maybe with a little protein powder tossed in, since the splendid spoon meals are not high in protein. Since salads tend to be a multi-part lengthy process the way that I like them, I suppose that might be a little less common for a while.
I don’t really know if I should increase my calcium even more to support bone growth, but it’s something to investigate!
What I will have to fight is the urge to just eat crap as a way to assuage my irritation/pain because “I deserve it.”
I’ll also have to figure out how to get exercise besides what I am getting from moving around on crutches.
How do you manage eating well when you aren’t feeling like yourself for an extended period?
*Not really, but this seems much more interesting than the real story that I walked off a set of steps into the air and came down severely twisting my foot and breaking it.