EXTERNAL FIXATOR - Broken ankle/and big toe

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Hi i was in a car acciden on tuesday 21st i broke my ankle, big toe and more.. i now have an external fixator on my leg and can not weight bare for about 8 weeks then i will have this removed and have a cast put on for two weeks - still nwb then i will be trying physio and hopefully will be getting back to normal. 

has anyone else got an external fixator? what do you do to prevent boredom? p.s i cant leave the house because we have steps 

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    Hello katie

    I too had an external fixator fitted for 6 weeks followed by an airboot nwb for another 6 weeks(i have 3 weeks left in boot hopefully) ive tried everthing from box sets to knitting but i find having someone to talk to was best for me if i didnt see anyone for a couple of days i start thinking negitavly....

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      ive started to write a book! because this is the most perfect time to start :P 

      maybe try that? or read more i know it gets boring though 

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      Haha i might start writing a book!! So many things change when you brake a bone n espesially in your legs/feet...most things you can adapt to be some are impossible like carrying food in on a plate from the kitchen and just poping to the shops...i wish you well
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    Things will get easier. You will adjust to your new mobility limitations and you will discover new ways to do things. I have four weeks to go before I can start weight bearing but it feels like that time will fly by. The last 9 weeks were definitely challenging. I can't use crutches, but I've now figured out how to get down three steps using my knee scooter so I can get outside.  I did a puzzle and taught myself to crochet, but mostly to pass the time I just puttered around the house cleaning.  Looked forward to outings which happened a couple times a week.  I binge watched TV in the evenings but didn't turn it on in the daytime.  It's a great time for self-reflection, that's for sure.   You are going to be fine.  Keep your chin up. 

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      that's great mary sounds like you have it down to a tee! 

      ive started writing a book to curve the bordom, i read a lot and watch youtube/netflix and tv now and again but they dont entertain me for long 

      crocheting is cool my mum loves it! you're lucky you can go out and about because i cant - i have steps down to this property so im pretyt much stuck in this room -.- but its alright i will make the most of it and write write write!!

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