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So, I broke my ankle Friday night.... - Mental Feng Shui
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So, I broke my ankle Friday night....
....and I've still been able to keep my sanity and sense of humor (woo hoo!).



Let's see.... I was heading for the bus tunnel around 5:30 p.m., walking down one of the steeper streets in Seattle. And apparently my L foot found a 'lip' of concrete (where the metal plate in the sidewalk doesn't completely meet the 'crete). I rolled my L ankle pretty badly, and landed on it, then on my R knee and palm (after the loud yelp and moan). I managed to skin the knee pretty well, but didn't rip the jeans - go me.

I thought it was a sprain, and did what my old tennis coach would have us do: "Walk it off." Tears running down my face, I made it down into the bus tunnel, on a bus, and out to the lot where I'd parked, south of downtown. From there, I drove to Redmond, as I'd had dinner/date plans for sushi with jw1776. While driving my stick-shift car with a gimp L foot (and gritting my teeth the whole time), I realized that Something Was Wrong in my ankle -- and that the 'searing-hot-poker-thru-the-bone' feeling meant that it was probably not just a sprain. So I called J, and let him know I was heading to the Redi-Care instead of meeting him for sushi.

I spent the better part of the evening at the Redi-Care, getting x-rays, and having my bruised and tender parts poked and prodded by people in scrubs. (Fun.) I told the doctor what had happened, and after getting my xrays, she came back in the room with a serious look on her face and said, "It really is broken -- the tendon took chunks of bone out with it when it tore away. And you need to follow up with an orthopedist and your primary care provider SOON. Do you want Percocet?" With that, she had the MA give me a walking cast-boot, and some crutches, with instructions to buy another brace for inside-of-the-boot wear, and an Rx for some good pain meds (not the Percocet -- I can't work while on it).

So, I called J, and had him come get me (and with the help of D, they fetched me (and my now-undriveable-by-me car) back up to J's house, as it was too late to get my pain meds. I then proceeded to take advantage of the wonderful hospitality of House K, and relax on the couch, ibuprofin'd to the gills, and stuffed full of fish and roast pork.

Fast forward to today -- it's been 4.5 days, and I'm ready to throw the boot out the window. I abandoned the crutches after a little over a day's use (I'm an incredible klutz with those damn things), and am now just using the 2 braces and my roommate's cane. The metal things rub on my leg, and the extra 7-10 lbs makes walking very difficult, and I expend a lot of energy to go anywhere. But at least I know I will get better -- I now have a profound respect for anyone who has lost the use of a foot.... wow! I didn't realize how much I took that foot for granted.

So, if I've made plans with you recently, please realize that I am much more mobiley-limited, and may well cancel if it is something strenuous. I did manage to keep my 'Exercise and Thrive' program at the Y (with the blessing of my doctor, thank goodness); they are adapting my exercises to all be peformed by muscles and muscle-groups above my hips. So... yaay for that!!! But between that and all the cane-walking/limping with the 10lb boot, I am usually somewhere between mostly tired and completely exhausted. If I fall asleep during a movie, dinner or conversation, please be understanding.

That's about it for now. I'm determined to see this through with grit and a smile. And I can be damn stubborn sometimes (just ask J,... or D.... or J in Michigan). :-D So, when you see me, you'll probably hear me cracking jokes, being a bit snarky, or someothersuch. It's just me, trying to keep a good sense of humor about this damn broken-ankle-and-boot thing, while dealing with pain that I can't completely keep at bay. (I also have a new, deeper appreciation for the TV series House -- I'm a lot like him now. Funny, that.) Cope is a good word, and humor is an even better one.

I walk like a duck -- but only half a duck.

So..... a half-quack to all of you out there. And LOTS of **hugs** as well.

Be safe, people.

The State of the Cranium is: : bitchy a tad snarky

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cheerfulolygirl From: cheerfulolygirl Date: February 18th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Good healing energy coming your way.
Glad you still have your sense of humor!
loba From: loba Date: February 19th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (This Entry)
**hugs** Thank you!! I can definitely use it right now. ASnd yes, a sense of humor is crucial right now.
wolfieboy From: wolfieboy Date: February 19th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (This Entry)

Re: broken ankles

Good to hear that you're making it through.

*Hug*
loba From: loba Date: February 19th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) (This Entry)

Re: broken ankles

**hugs back**

Yes, as long as I remember to take the pain meds (and not just wind up cranky for no discernable reason), then I'm good. ANd res -- it is a LOVELY thing. :-)
mokie_sassafras From: mokie_sassafras Date: February 19th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC) (This Entry)
wow, that sounds painful! Healing thoughts for you. Are you a member at the Highline Y? I've been thinking about joining, but Matt & I have been debating whether we can afford it. Do you like it? It looks like the West Seattle one might have more services, but it's farther away.
loba From: loba Date: February 26th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
I am a member of the Downtown Y, but have priveleges at the ones around Seattle (11 locations). There's a NEW Highline/Seatac Y going up near our house (on 188th, a little ways west of the 76 station) and it promises to be an EXCELLENT one. :-)

Thanks for the healing thoughts -- I have a better boot now, but am still tired and sore most days. Am learning to S-L-O-W down, though. *wry grin*
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: February 19th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC) (This Entry)
That sounds impressively awful. Heal well!
loba From: loba Date: February 26th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Thank you!! I shall try to do just that. :-)
sarahmichigan From: sarahmichigan Date: February 19th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Aw, you poor thing! That sucks. Hope you heal quickly.
loba From: loba Date: February 26th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
I hope so, too. Thanks for the kind thoughts, and stay warm in COLD MI. :-)
(BTW, you have been an inspiration for me going back to the Y... just wanted to tell you that. :-)
From: myscotty Date: February 19th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Oh Deb!
loba From: loba Date: February 26th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Um... yep. ;-)

Driving the stick still sucks (w/ the boot), but I hope to be more mobile soon. **Hugs** to you!!
cindygerb From: cindygerb Date: February 19th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
Sending hugs your way
loba From: loba Date: February 26th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
And sending some back, too! :-) Thanks.

I have a better boot now, but am still tired and sore most days. Am learning to S-L-O-W down, though. *wry grin*
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