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Lowery : Fall On Ice - After Skiing
Diary entry posted Thu 6:56pm 5 March 2015

My broken leg story begins after two days of skiing in West Virginia with my family. Heading down a slight hill, ten feet away from the bus to bring us back to our hotel, carrying cooler, bag, 2 sets of poles, skies, and boots, I slipped on the ice. All the stuff went flying and my right ankle was in pain. The ski patrol showed up along with my husband and suggested I try and stand up, then my ankle really hurt. They folded a nifty cardboard split, lent me a pair of crutches and told me to go to the hospital-40 minutes away. I was convinced this was just a bad sprain so the hospital seemed like a waste of time. Once back in our room, I popped a few ibuprofen and tried to sleep. I spent the next lonely day in the room, while my hubby and two teenage children headed to the slopes. I graded a few papers, watch a movie or two and hopped to and from the bathroom. We left the next day for a 5&1/2 drive back home. I had to leave the crutches, so I refrained from drinking as I could only put any weight on my right leg, therefore the bathroom was out of the question. Straight to Patient First in Virginia Beach to get a walking cast, 1 day with crutches was enough for me. Went in for x-rays and waited for the doctor. The nurse came in with a plaster cast and I exclaimed, "oh no no no, I need a walking cast!" The doctor came in with the news that I would not be walking anywhere. Fractured Fibula - the bone was in about 5 pieces and my fractured Malleolus was in 2 pieces. Luckily my friend had an in with a sports medicine orthopedic doctor and I was seen the following day. As my calf was the size of my thigh, and my thigh ain't so small, surgury had to wait. They did give me a Bulky Jones cast that felt great! My friends and family arranged meals for weeks, called, brought flowers, sent cards, and called me! My son and daughter have been as understanding and as patient as a 16 and 14 year old can be. And my sweet husband has shocked me after 21 years of marriage by being the most loving caregiver of all time. Now I say I was shocked because when I woke him to tell him that I was in labor with our 1st child, he requested I let him sleep for a few more hours. Back to school I went after getting a knee walker. Best thing ever! With my leg resting on my desk and a student on each side while I explained equations will be a highlight of my teaching career. As the swelling went down, I could feel my bones moving. Now, the pain really was excruciating. 1 week, 10 screws, 1 plate later, I was healed. Right? Well not quite, but I did feel better. NWB for 4-6 weeks was the prognosis. At my 2 week check up, I was sure I would be the exception and the doc would say I could partial weigh bear. (I have a very optimistic, or as other's would say a very delusional outlook). The answer was 4 more weeks, so much for the exception. They did give me an air cast so went home to wash my leg! I now have 2 more weeks to go and cannot wait. The swelling continues to be a problem because I go to work and don't elevate enough. I do come home and go right to bed to elevate, stretch, and visit mybrokenleg.com.



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