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Amy_Y : Week 2 & 3 - Adjusting to the new reality
Diary entry posted Sun 6:44pm 14 April 2019

The first sight of the sun and the wind and all the cars felt so great as I came out of the airport on a transport chair. I'm home! I haven't mentioned, we didn't see northern lights at all. It was cloudy during our time there so we wouldn't see it otherwise even if I didn't break my leg.

My boyfriend took me to a follow-up with a doctor in California after we came back from the Alaskan trip. I had two visits booked one week apart. On the second visit, he took some more X-rays and examined the range of motion of my ankle and knee. Knee ROM was good. My ankle could be pushed up and down if I use my hands, but couldn't do much on its own. A large area on the outer side of my leg had no sensation from the knee to the ankle. Large areas of my foot has no sensation. I could move my big toe down but not up. Other four toes were normal. Ortho commented the sensations and the big toe movement almost always come back.

I stopped taking opioid pain meds after the second week. The first night was bad as I sweated a lot and was restless that I couldn't sleep. It got better after a few days and I'm free of pain meds!

I told my manager that I would begin working from home for the third week, but I wasn't really doing anything productive as I couldn't sit for very long. I also started worrying about nerve damage as my foot is getting more and more tingling to the point that it feels painful. Sleep is poor as I can wake up 4 times a night because of the nerve issues on the foot. My entire second week is kind of split between worrying about work and worrying about my leg/ankle/foot. I started taking medical leave the third week after this struggle. I was also having lots of flashbacks of when I broke my leg, and what if I didn't do this didn't do that etc. At one night I was genuinely worried about earthquake rumors in Northern California! I was so scared of the thoughts that if an earthquake happens now what would happen to me. At this point I decided to contact a primary care doctor to address the stress issue and keep my medical records together, since a lot has happened in the past few weeks.



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