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Jen_M : My broken leg
Diary entry posted Wed 7:51am 11 February 2015

I also wish I had a more exciting story of how I broke my right ankle in three places. I went to see a band with a friend and somehow broke my ankle turning to wash my hands after coming out of the bathroom stall. I think I dislocated my ankle when I turned causing instability in the joint and then the trimalleolar fracture and syndemosis tear. The ER doctor couldn't believe I hadn't jumped off a building or something. The ER doc did not reset my dislocated ankle, much to my OS's surprise. I saw the OS the next day at his clinic. He attempted to reset the dislocated ankle in the clinic with a local anesthetic, but that did not work. I had an adverse reaction to the lidocaine shot. My ankle spasmed and cramped and I writhed and cried on the table for 30 minutes before he decided I should go to the OR to have the 5 minute procedure done. I have never experienced so much pain. I had the ORIF surgery 5 days later with 1 plate, 13 screws and sydemosis repair. I spent those 5 days prior to the surgery pretty much in a narcotic fog, as the pain from the broken bones was constant. My parents came to help as I have two small children. My husband was also there to help and provide much needed emotional support. The surgery was outpatient, so I was back home the same day. The next day, as the nerve block wore off, I spent about 10 hours in excruciating pain, even with pain meds taken regularly. After that the pain became more manageable. I was casted a week after the surgery(out of the surgical splint) and another cast change 3 weeks after surgery with the stitches taken out. I had two ports placed in the second cast so I could use my Exogen ultrasound bone healing system(which I already had due to a break in my left foot 8 months ago in May 2014). As I write, it has been 5 weeks since my surgery. I have been on medical leave from work and cannot drive. I live in Chicago, so getting out in the winter is difficult. We(my husband and two children) have had a relative or friend here everyday since I broke my ankle to help with the kids(getting them to school and daycare) and helping me with the house, as I am still non weight bearing and will be for at least another 2 weeks. I am forever indebted to my family and friends for the support. I hope that at my next appt with the OS I get into a boot and can start weight bearing. We are looking into left side foot controls for the car so I can drive and possibly get back to work.



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