Today is day 12 for me on my road to recovery. It definitely hasn't been an easy journey and I have committed to myself that I will keep a positive attitude always.
My fiance and I were on vacation in Key West a couple of weeks ago having a great time. Key West is so beautiful and we are both love to explore so we were always busy on the go. A little more than halfway through our trip, we both decided to do a jet ski tour. We got there a little late so we missed the 10am tour and decided to wait for the noon tour instead.
It ended up that we were the only two people signed up for the noon tour so we set out on the jet ski tour around the island of Key West. It was very relaxing and our tour guide let us kind of decide where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. Halfway through the tour he let us "freestyle" on the jet ski for 15 minutes. My fiance and I switched off being drivers and this time I was the driver.
I've been jet skiing plenty of times but never really on the Atlantic Ocean side. The waves were pretty choppy but didn't look to bad from what we saw. I was riding the jet ski at about 45-47 mph and we were having a blast.
What happened next is what we will never forget. We ended up hitting a wave at 45 mph and there was another large wave behind it that knocked us both off the jet ski. My fiance fell off the back and since I was the driver my left leg got stuck in the side of the jet ski before I fell into the water.
Immediately I knew I broke my leg as I was in a lot of pain. My fiance was comforting me but I knew I just needed to get to the hospital. I summoned the strength with my arms to climb on the back of the tour guide's jet ski. I immediately noticed my left foot was turned all the way to the outside and I tried not to look at it. I knew since my left ankle was dislocated, my leg might have been broken too.
My fiance had to swim quite a way to get to our jet ski we fell off of. He followed us to get to land. Once on land, the tour guide's co-worker luckily had a truck pulled up and told us there was a hospital about a mile down the road and he would be able to take us.
At the hospital I must have had so much adrenaline because the staff kept telling me I was a very easy patient to handle. I was talking to everyone trying to stay positive. My fiance called my family while they were taking x-rays.
It turned out I dislocated my left ankle, fractured my fibula near the top of the bone, and chipped my tibia. My fiance and I took a flight out back to our home in Chicago the next day so we had to cut the vacation short.
The following week I had surgery and needed 3 pins and a plate in my ankle since it was pretty shattered. The doc said I will need to be off work for at least two weeks and will need to keep weight off the leg for at least 6-8 weeks.
What is a bummer for me is I am an active runner and I was in the process of training for my first half marathon this summer. The doctor said I won't be able to go back to hardcore running for at least six months.
I am committed to staying positive during my recovery. I think too many people get sucked in to feeling sorry for themselves. Although I don't have use of both of my legs, it is teaching me a lot about being patient with myself and others. Before my injury I was the type of person that couldn't sit still--I had to be on the go and always doing something productive. This injury has taught me a lot about relaxing and taking things one day at a time. There have been times when I cry and it feels very good. However, I've decided I need to move forward and not focus on the pain of yesterday but the recovery and moving forward.
Since I've never broken a bone before, I was wondering if anybody can provide some insight for me:
1. How long did it take for you to get back to exercising? (ie: walking at a slow pace, swimming, cycling, etc.)
2. Has anybody used the scooter where you bend and rest your bad knee and scoot with your good knee? How is it?
3. Any other tips or advice for me would be so helpful.
Thank you for listening and I wish everyone a smooth and speedy recovery :)