Broken Ankle 11/08/16 tib fib and dislocation age 50

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Hi all, I well and truly scuppered myself when I slipped broke my ankle on Thursday 11.08.16

Broke my tib and fib and dislocated ankle. I went to Broadford hospital on skye where they straightened and alighted the brake and put a plaster cast on. I was then transferred to Raigmore Inverness where I was told I would need plates and screws

I had to wait for swelling to improve before I could have my op on Friday

I was told all went well with the plates and screws but still have heavy swelling so only had a back plate plaster, hard at back soft at front. I got home Saturday night and have to go back to raigmore for the cast to be fitted Monday.

All staff at both hospitals have been fantastic we do have the best health service in the world I'm sure of that.

Pain is up and down have been given Dihydracodeine 30mg 4 times a day, I shall take less if I can but have needed it so far. I have to inject anti blood clotting every evening for 28 days. Don't mind that don't mind needles.

Very nervous on the crutches in case I fall and feel very weak getting up onto my foot is hard work but am quite comfortable when sitting with leg raised, my wife got me a bunch of lovely pillows when she collected me from the hospital.

I have posted on here because I was reading up and thought I would share my experience as this whole process kicks in.

I feel rather helpless at the moment, a little worried about the long term and short term effects.

I have an excellent job and will be able to work from home (Health & Safety Advisor /Trainer) I know it's quite Ironic, I had gone to speak to a work colleague who had broken their toe bone on the Monday and half an hour after speaking with him I had done a far worse job on myself!

Anyone out there who is experiencing the same or similar currently and would like to share thoughts feelings outcomes would be much appreciated.

I do feel a little nauseous every now and then but it may be the drugs, haven't had this kind of medication before, usually just the liquid kind (wine) which will be off the cards for a while.

Oh well going to see if I can get up and go for a pee definitely not as easy as it sounds??

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    Having trouble with forum today so short and sweet. Recommend one of these, it's wonderful and well worth the money

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      Yes absolutely.  Never tried the scooter (I'm in UK) but it made such a difference. So much easier than first time around using crutches. Can't recommend it highly enough. 

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      I'm in the UK too. I will have to see if I can get hold of one. I am looking to go back to work as soon as possible and I think crutches will be difficult at work even though I will be on light duties.

       

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      I used mine in hospital two days after surgery. I bought it before my op so I could practice, lol. Peglegs UK it's about £160 and worth its weight  in gold 

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    Its sounds like your break is similar to mine. I too am still in a back slab cast and get my stitches and proper cast next week. I agree with you about the crutches, they are dicey. I spend a lot of time with my leg up too.

     

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      Ha. I'd rather fall of knee scooter than crutches. Ambulance wouldn't take me to hospital after my snap, I carried on in severe pain and shock believing it wasn't broken. Had some old crutches of my lads, got up, fell to floor unconscious, face planted, got carpet burn on my face, came too after lots of screaming. Crawled to bed in agony and sweat, had to keep lifting my foot back on pillow as ankle was dislocated, and ligaments stretched. Went to Hospital about 3 days later. Got back slab, no specialist available, feeling like crap and my husband slammed door on end of broken leg. Like an episode of Get Smart!

      Knee Scooter gave/ gives me sanity. Only use it during the night now.

      ©{•÷•}®

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      People keep telling me i will get used to my crutches, but i'm not sure at the moment. I can't get the right momentum and find myself hopping.

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      Hi Luke, I had stapples because to swollen to stick, hope this does not mean I have to have stitches a a latter date ? Going to get my full plaster tomorrow, when did you brake yours?

      Connor

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      I broke mine on 04/08/2016, broken and dislocated it. Was walking down a grass bank and slipped and crack went my ankle. Awful experience.

       

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      It's the physical act of getting up onto my good foot from fitting I am finding difficult, from sitting to upright, the physio made us demonstrate we could do this before I left the hospital but it's still a challenge, have miss stepped a couple of time with the crutches but have not fallen. Maneuovering about the house is tricky specially the bathroom.

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      Yeah I struggle to get up from sitting down. I too have nearly slipped a couple of times on my crutches. I think you definately need a period of adjustment. At least its only temporary and our bones will heal eventually.

       

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