Poor Cripple Girl No More!

Today I'm going to my orthopedic surgeon for my follow-up appointment . . . and after that I should be able to walk again!

I love what my sister said right after this whole thing happened. I made a comment about being a poor cripple girl, and she looked at me and smiled and said, "Jesus heals the lame."

I had to grin at that - the thought of Jesus healing the lame definitely brightened up my day. We both chuckled as I said that I know He does, though He would probably choose to do it over the course of six weeks in my case.

And He did! I've been healing up quite nicely, and my knee doesn't even hurt anymore when I test it with a little weight (I know, I'm not supposed to be doing that). I am so grateful to the Lord for letting my healing time go so well, and for letting this happen at a good time for our family.

After all, I wasn't holding Wyatt when it happened; I don't have to take any extra time off of work; alot of our bills are going to be covered through our insurance since this happened in the same year as my labor and delivery; and this happened before Wyatt started crawling, which would have made the six weeks much more complicated.

The Lord was certainly watching out for us.


Still, I'm glad this chapter in my life is coming to a close. I am so excited to walk again, I can't even tell you.

Freedom is so close I can smell it.

Granted, I may have to use a cane for a little while until I get the strength back up in my right leg. It's really weird to compare my legs right now. My left leg is nice and muscular, and my right leg looks skinny and flabby. It really is true that if you don't use your muscles, you lose them.

I am so discouraged about my body right now. Besides the whole skinny-right-leg issue, I've gained a bit of flab in my stomach area from sitting on the couch constantly and not really being able to work out for the past six weeks.

Prior to my knee injury and surgery, I was working out pretty regularly. My goal was to get back in shape in time for summer so that I'd look good in my swimsuit.

So much for that.

And, of course, we happen to be going to a wedding at a hot springs next week, and I'll have to be seen in my swimsuit for the first time of the summer.

I'm going to look flabby and icky.


Maybe this is the Lord's way of telling me to be less vain.

Still, anyone have any advice about how to get in shape quickly? Maybe I'll just not eat the day of the wedding?

I know, I know. Lesson not learned.

I am vain, and I know it.

Seriously though, I'll take that advice now.

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Ash said...

Not eating is not the answer! Being healthy is the best thing you can do for yourself and for your son.

You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)...everyone attributes this to babies, but we forget that God made us who we are right now, and He loves us just as we look.

Unknown said...

Yay for walking again! Oh man I cannot imagine getting into a suit again after... this mess! lol

Sarah said...

God may be teaching you exactly what you think. He did with me when I was laid up after my c-section, because I am seriously vain. But we have to choose to embrace the lesson! It is so hard!! You will get back in shape in no time, I am sure. If you are still not happy with your body, there are always coverups you can buy while you are not in the water, maybe?

Lauren said...

Yeah for being able to walk again! I bet you'll be surprised at how quickly your leg muscles return. Hubby broke his leg in 2 places a few years ago and his muscles atrophied very quickly...but then they were back almost as fast! Good luck girl!

Rachel and John said...

Callie you are so skinny that I doubt you could look flabby at ALL! Plus everyone will be looking at your cute baby and not you! So no worries :)

Anna said...

Aw Callie, don't worry, once you are active again you will be able to get back to being comfortable with how you look. I agree though... you seem really thin and I guarantee you that you are your own worst critic. Everyone is going to be thinking how amazing you look for having just given birth a few months ago.

Oh body issues... nothing so frustrating, especially when they're out of our control!

Hannah said...

you just had a baby...everyone will think you look great. wyatt needs those nutrients so you eat up that day and dont worry about flab. yay for walking!!!

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel.. I have two weddings to go to this summer, and will have to go shopping after the baby comes. I am not looking forward to that. The first wedding will be a month after the baby comes, so I won't even be cleared for exercise! Oh well.. what can ya do? ;) I don't ever get to go swimming, so at least I don't have to worry about that. I don't even own a swim suit.

Anonymous said...

And yay for being able to walk!!!!

~M~ said...

Yay for being able to work! I think you look tiny!

Kate Craig said...

no one but you cares about your flab! I'm sure your husband doesn't, and everyone else will think you look great for just having a baby!

Brittany Ann said...

I'm feeling the same way about my body. Weeks away from having a baby, with the whole summer before me, where I'll have to don a suit. Not good! Still, these babies are worth it, and I'm sure you're right: God is probably trying to give us a better sense of priorities.

Just remember, you are beautiful - inside and out - because you are made in His image.

Mandie said...

So glad your knee is healing well. I can relate to the flabby middle issue, I don't think mine will ever look like it did before motherhood. But something that worked for me to finally get rid of those last few pregnancy pounds and feel leaner is the Cinch Diet by Cynthia Sass. I checked the book out from my local library. The program has you eat 4 small balanced meals each day and there is a 5 day quick weight loss option too. The things I've made have been pretty yummy. Also, crunches on a stability ball. I can feel them much more than when I just do crunches on the floor.

Unknown said...

Happy to hear your on the mend!!!

cait said...

girl, you have gone through so much! And at such an inconvenient time. I'm so glad you are still able to laugh about it (well, now, anyway). :) So glad you are on your way to walking around again!

Ashley said...

Yay! I'm glad you can walk again! And I ditto what the other Ashley said above - don't you worry about that swimsuit! :)

Amanda said...

Glad your doing better! I'm sure you look great. Don't be so hard on yourself. :)

She Said... said...

hmmm as far as losing weight, it is all about eating right and exercising. but you know that. it takes time too. why don't you buy an adorable one piece for the trip coming up and then you can use that when you are having any "off" days and feel less than fab in a bikini. I know target has some adorable retro looking ones for under $30! You will look cute, no one will see what you don't like AND it is in fashion!

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