Yesterday was exactly one month since my surgery and today something exciting happened: my cast was replaced with a half splint!! I went to see the doctor and he said if I was really "guai" (well behaved, usually said of pets and little children) he'd allow me to put a splint on my leg instead of a new cast, and also let me start physiotherapy sooner. This was good news to me, so I transferred to another hospital where their whole second floor is physio (another word added to my Chinese vocabulary: fu jian ke). Actually it looked really fun, with lots of little machines for people to do exercises to regain mobility in various joints. But I wasn't there to exercise today, but to get the splint. It was a really cool feeling, first he put this hot putty-like substance over my leg and foot, and shaped it, making sure my ankle was at 90 degrees. They warned me that it would feel really hot, but to tell you the truth, it's the first time my toes have felt warm in a month!! After that he took it away to harden and line the edges. It's fixed to my leg with just velcro over the top, so actually i do have to be more careful than with the cast, because it can move around more easily. But they said this way i can take it off and wash my foot, and exercise my ankle when it's ready. It's also a lot more comfortable. I'll put some pictures up as soon as i can. Actually I think the toe part looks a lot like a duck's foot. You can judge for yourself soon.
Food update: my doctor told me that I shouldn't eat bananas too, and added mangoes, seafood, and spicy foods to the list.... sigh at least I don't have to eat congee every day!