Broken Ankle

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Does anyone one know why having a broken ankle can be so exhausting ? I think the past 15 months have possibly been the most exhausting of my life ! Roll on recovery !

 

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    Hi Joan, you say 15 months. Are you still having problems. I broke my ankle in February had orif surgery, but doing well. Walking without crutches and the limp is very slight. But yes it has been an exhausting time physically and emotionally. How far is your recovery.
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      Hi Daphne, you are doing brilliantly well, and keep up the good work ! It is a strange injury, some do seem to heal quite quickly, but some again, seem to take an awful long time ! A doctor friend of mine said she knew of lots of patients that had taken as long as two years to walk . Perish the thought !
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      Hi Joan, how far along are you with your recovery. You are so right in saying we all recover differently. I truly just trusted and believed in the Lord to undertake for me. I can't believe that a few weeks ago I thought I would never walk again, but now I look how far I have come. I hope you recover completely very soon.
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    It is Joan, just got on forearm crutches at six months but I'm not the standard breaks, it's getting easier but can't wait for the day I'm real walking......where are you at? It's not for the faint of heart that's for sure! Take good care....
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    I hear you Joan9. I am at 16 weeks, walking well with slight limp and getting easier each day. Still have a lot of fluid around the plate and screws and in pockets up the leg, but massage helps that. Exhausted, yes, seems like all the time. I guess the body is trying to tell us something, but I am looking forward to being my old self again whenever that happens.
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      i hope that happens quickly Diane - I am pleased you seem to be doing reasonably well, but you obviously you do have a little further to go . Keep up the good work !
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    Mentally and physically gobsmackingly tiresome. Then you get an acquaintance asking you when they accidentally see you ( couldn't be bothered visiting you!) How are you. I have a standard reply for those tossers. Amped up if I'm having a bad day.....' Same S*+# Different Day!'

    They move on very quickly. I usually smile and speak very nicely.

    For goodness sake, its hard enough for us coping on a daily basis let alone spilling our guts to some loser!

    I'm into 9th month. As you've probably read somewhere, broken snapped fibula with dislocated ankle. Ambulance wouldn't take me to hospital. Said it wasn't broken. Got up in middle of that night on old crutches, fell to floor unconscious with pain, face planted on floor, got carpet burn on my face. Went to hospital 3 days later. Snapped like a carrot they said and displaced, but sorry, no specialist here to see you.

    3 weeks later my husband had accident at work. Broke his scaphoid. Both had non unions. Both had surgery. Mine with bone graft. He lost his job.

    A lot of ups and downs mentally and physically. I also made an old injury of a bakers cyst aggravated in my 'good' knee and couldn't move it at all, nor stand on it. Cortisone injection 3 weeks ago. Finally I can use it a little.

    You get that feeling what next. Distraction is my only answer.I downloaded Scrabble on my phone. I just play a computer. Different levels. Also Ukelele.

    How time flies when you're having fun. Who in the heck invented that I wonder.

    Keep going Joan knowing we all in the same boat bound for goodness knows where lol!

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    HI Joan,

    I am exactly 3 months today from the day I broke my fibula. I had surgery 9 days later.

    I am now walking with a limp because I am having troublegetting the flexibility back in my ankle and foot, and I have constant swelling which is worse during the day than when I can elevate the leg at night.

    I started back to work 2 weeks ago, and I am not just on my feet but walking about 4-5 hours per day. I come home and sleep for about 2-3 hours at the end f every day. I can't believe how exhausted I am.

    I tell the PT that I am seeing and he says that I need to make sure I do my foot stretching exercises to loosen up my toes so I can walk better, and once I can walk better the swelling will go down.

    I am trying really hard but it's so hard and my foot hurts ALL the time. Nothing makes it feel better except the narcotics and I can't take them while I work and I don't have UCB any more anyway. 

    I think it's a combination of constant pain and discomfort, stress about and fear of worrying that I could re-injure myself, constantly monitoring every single step and foot placement which I use to do unconsciously, putting up a good front in front of people that wears me out, and wondering if I am hurting my knee because it now hurts because of my limp.

    I a trying to be one of the people that rebounds from the injury quickly but it seems like it's still costing me a lot mentally and physically. I guess it's the same for us all! Darn it.

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