SMM 2:07pm Jan 11 2019
Congratulations on the progress. So good to hear that you are getting better.
And you are absolutely on target about some people and their interactions. I don't think they mean any ill, but I think it is difficult or maybe impossible to relate unless one has gone through the trauma. I found some people must have thought a broken leg was contagious, so they tended to avoidance. Other said things out of ignorance (or I hope not malice). Some of my favourite memories are of the really stupid, clueless comments ('Why did you break your leg?" for example).
As far as actually explaining going through the recovery, I found that took some time with some people. I noticed most times people would offer statements of encouragement (or so they thought), but when they asked a question, any question, I could acknowledge the effort and they eventually kept going with questions. That allowed me to actually communicate how difficult or good things might be be on any day. So even if anyone managed even a 'how are you?" or 'how's the leg?" I learned to say thanks and go on with 'that's a great question. Hope you'll keep asking." It did help some people realize how difficult the recovery was.