zd80 (50.32.215.---) 6:30am May 13 2019
Hi Embonious, thank you for responding to my post and for the well wishes. You are absolutely right, it is difficult going from mobility to not in an instant. If only there was some kind of way to get a warning or something a day or two before it happened that you were going to break your leg and be "out of action " so to speak for the next who knows how long? At least then you could somewhat "prepare "yourself and get things in order! But I know that's just ridiculous! Lol.
Your advice about sleep really hits home with me as I have had trouble sleeping throughout the night also. I can nap and doze off, but haven't been able to sleep for long stretches. I can't seem to stay comfortable long enough to stay asleep. I doze off and then my ankle/ leg starts bothering me and I wake up and have to readjust things. Also, I've quickly found that it's much easier for me to first fall asleep if I have something like the TV on in the background. I think it is helping me keep my mind off my ankle/leg. I noticed that without it, my brain keeps subconsciously thinking about it and I start to focus on everything involving my injury or the splint and how it feels. Stuff like feeling the blood pumping in different places under the splint, or spots where the splint sometimes feels tighter than others when swelling comes and goes. It seems like every little thing turns into a nuesance in my mind when there's nothing to occupy it. I'm even trying to make sure I use the bathroom long enough before bed that I have a chance to ice it for awhile before I try to fall asleep. Just getting up to crutch the 20 feet to the restroom causes pain and swelling that makes my splint feel tight and that will keep me up! Yikes! Just like you said, I guess right now I'm in the worst part of this adventure with a ways to go yet.
5/7/19- suffered fractured ankle, grade 2 high ankle sprain, and fractured tibia. Full leg backslab splint.
5/17/19- 1st ortho appt. No surgery, fiberglass LLC NWB
6/1/19- 2nd LLC NWB
6/29/19- LLWC applied minimal WB