Kate B 10:12pm May 14 2019
You painted such a picture of how you injured yourself.... you had the added insult of getting soaked in the process. I tripped off the small retaining wall next to my car and managed to sprain my left ankle and break my right. I had to have surgery (1 plate and 8 screws) because it was quite displaced and only ever had short casts. However, mobility was quite a challenge the first few weeks... I was a bit incredulous that they sent me home on crutches... ’So You want me to hop on my sprained ankle?!’ After some investigating, I discovered knee-scooters and had my surgeon write a prescription for one. It took the pressure off my left foot while being NWB on my right and was way safer than crutches. Getting a wheel chair will help when you’re done staying within the same 4 walls. Getting outside will be good for your mental health once you get through the first few weeks. They are the hardest. Hopefully the pain will subside soon. Since I had surgery with two incisions several inches long I was on a strong pain killer for the first 2-3 weeks. Most people have a difficult time with the instant loss of independence, and worrying about jobs and other responsibilities. Keeping yourself entertained is good. Have TV series you’ve wanted to binge watch or a big novel you haven’t had time to read? Anything creative you can do with your hands? (I watched the first several seasons of Game of Thrones and did a big cross-stitch project while listening to audiobooks). Invite friends over to visit, (and let your girlfriend have a night or two off.). Just don’t listen when someone says ‘be glad it wasn’t worse’. There will always be cases more catastrophic but that doesn’t mean what you are experiencing isn't a huge deal in your life right now.
Sending healing thoughts.
4/18/16 Tripped - Sprained left ankle, broke right - displaced oblique fib fx, dislocated tibiotalar joint, fx med. malleolus
4/25 ORIF 1 plate, 8 screws, ligament repair
6/6 boot, 50%WB
6/20 FWB, PT
Driving at the 3 month mark, continuing improvement