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April_H : Tibial plateau fracture
Diary entry posted Sun 6:26pm 27 September 2009

On Aug 16, 2009, I was vacationing on a California beach. Had only been there for an hour or so when a four foot wave knocked me over. I went one way, my left leg went the other. At first I thought it was sprained but went to the local ER anyway. Was I shocked when the dr told me I had a severe tibial plateau fracture! Had emergency surgery the next day, spent five days total in the hospital. They released me with a very uncomfortable brace and I flew home to Vegas. Once i got home i took the brace off; it really seemed to serve no useful purpose, so I didn't put it on after that. A few days later I saw a local ortho dr who knew the dr who had done my surgery in CA. On the xrays my leg looked like an erector set, but my local dr said it was a very good fix. He started me on pt right away because I was very stiff and could barely move my knee (because of the ridiculous brace, I'm sure). At week six I can force my knee up to 90 degrees but it's so tight it brings tears to my eyes! Does that get better? 
Also, I had to start teaching full time 
at the local college two weeks after surgery because I'd just signed a contract a few days before the accident. It was incredibly hard at first; thankfully, my husband is self employed and rearranged his schedule so he could drive me to school and wheel me to my classrooms! I've learned to get around by myself a little better now, and my students are mostly understanding and helpful. I've been trying to use crutches more so I can drive myself places. But my balance has always been really shsky (even though I've always kept myself in excellent shape), so I'm afraid I'm going to trip and break the other leg!
It was so good to find this site and read about everyone's adventures trying to deal with these unexpected events! I wish you all the best; if anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!    



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