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It is 3:30 am, just to give a heads up on my post being a bit scattered.
I am few months short of a 30 year old female, in good health and good career.
About 3 weeks ago I fractured my ankle in 3 places (trimaleleoar fracture). Had ankle orif surgery 2 weeks ago with one plate, 5 screws on one side, and 2 long screws on the other (back fracture didn't require fixation according to surgeon).
I have stitches, which are meant to be removed later today, probably why I cannot sleep, not that I get much sleep these days anyway.
I have never had any surgery or even visited the ER for myself prior to this. I can honestly say that this has been the worst experience in my life. The helplessness and inability to perform basic tasks for myself has really put me in a state of depression, anxiety and hopelessness.
I try to put on a brave face as I have many people around to help and care for me, including my mother who has taken unpaid leave to look after me, so I realize just how lucky I am. Still, I cannot help the tears anytime I drop something and realize I cannot get it without waking her up or asking for help.
I like to think of myself as a strong woman but I feel hopeless as I write this because in a matter of seconds my life took a turn I could have never predicted. I am trying to stay informed and positive and found this a good opportunity to share and hopefully gain insights from likeminded and kindred in sadness people.
As for today's first post op, the stitches being removed is heavy on my mind along with seeing my ankle for the first time since surgery.
Any advice on medication for stitches removal or how I can make this less traumatizing on my self than it has to be? Yes, I'm squirmish and still can't believe I didn't faint from the IV for surgery.
Thank you all in advance, please share your stories and all comments are welcome.
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