Here’s a word I learned recently. Supinate. It’s how I walk. Yes, I once even said… it’s how I roll (cue groans).
Supination ( if this is a word) is when you put the weight on the outsides of your feet when you walk. This leads to sprained ankles in folks of all ages and denominations. Including myself. A 33 yr old… uhh.. Baptist? Methodist?
Anyway, here’s how the story goes. Last December I sprained my ankle doing the very tricky trick of stepping off of the porch into the grass. Bam. Or, crack, rather. Crack. Sprained ankle. Did I go to the doctor? No. Did I have have health insurance? Well I did for a few weeks, now that I think back, but all of that was complicated and confusing back in December….
Then some time in January I did another trick when I walked around downtown Seattle for an evening wearing some rather hard soled shoes.
Bam. Ouchy ankle. This time there was no roll or crack… just unhappiness in the region between my foot and leg.
Injury number 3 came on a hike two weeks ago. This time there was a roll and a crack. Thankfully there were also two friends who dealt very well with the disappointment of ending a 10mile hike after walking less than one mile. Plus, one of them has some kind of degree and knew how to tape my ankle.
The reason I am posting all of this today? Today came injury number 4. Hiking up Sauk Mtn. We were, in fact not even on a trail but on the road because the road was covered in snow and we could only get so far in the truck. Even a truck with four wheel drive. So we hiked up the road. In the snow.
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Wearing my new hiking boots (no blisters, mom!) I rolled my ankle. Roll. Crack. Shout to my friend who was ahead. Lay in the snow and fill up with frustration, laughter and a few swallowed tears. Again I was thankful to find that I was hiking with a friend who took this development with the attitude of going on another adventure. Another friend with degrees who can tape a stupid, rolly, freckled ankle.
In the grand scheme of things a pesky, weak ankle is not on the list of horrors. I do feel awfully frustrated by the thing.
My new super hero name (all the cool kids have one) is The Supinator. So far my only power is being able to make others feel really helpful when I am laid out flat on the ground.
Tomorrow I will head over to the free clinic and see how helpful I can make those people feel.