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This past Friday I did the most ridiculous thing I have ever done in my 49 years. My husband went to bed and I decided it was a perfect night to go out and capture a picture of the harvest moon. Off I went and when I was coming back into the house, I completely missed my footing on the bottom step (of a 3-step entrance) and down I went. I swear I heard the snap. Crawled into the house where I managed to stand up in the doorway and call for my husband. He finally heard me and came running. After a couple minutes we determined we had to get to the hospital because my ankle and foot had swelled up and I was shaking so bad I had no clue what to do and couldn't even speak properly. To shorten the rest of the story...x-rays the following day confirmed it is a complete fibula break however it is a 'clean' break. This doctor mentioned I would more than likely need surgery. I was referred to the ortho immediately through emergency and from their discussion it appears there is a possibility that although the break is complete.....I may be able to heal without surgery. An appointment was made and I am meeting with the ortho on Thursday. In the meantime I am on pain meds, on my couch, with my leg up and basically at the mercy of everyone because i can't seem to do anything. My foot is secured in an air boot and that has helped with the pain a bit but not much. I now have crutches because contrary to being told not to move around too much and keep my leg up......mother nature doesn't always cooperate. My question is: is it normal to have to just stay home and wait so long before a treatment plan is decided? Can a complete bone break regenerate (or whatever they are hoping it does)? I was immediately put on a 4-6 week minimum leave. Does it really take this long to heal? I am having a hard time digesting needing to be off work this long. As you can tell.....I have never gone through this. Just wondering if anyone can provide some idea as to what to expect. Being home and googling this type of break and reading up on it is not always a good thing. Hearing about it from someone who has gone through it first hand may calm my fears and anxiety. The one doctor told me to prepare for surgery and having a screw put in place. Someone else said the ortho will manipulate my ankle first to see if he can line everything up perfectly and just put a cast on me. Just the thought of him touching my ankle is giving me nightmares. Thank you in advance for any words of advice or guidance you can provide. Thursday seems far away due to pain but too close due to fear.
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