I am three weeks in left tibia fracture at ankle and right tibia spiral fracture.

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I was in a 4 wheeler accident. My Dr said in both legs surgery would help however I have deep vein valve incompetence so too high risk for blood clots. I am taking blood thinners. My circulation is terrible in left leg. I am not allowed to weight bear with either leg for minimum 3 months to 4. I am in pain and frustrated.!!!! Don't get me wrong I am alive and very grateful. there is always somebody worse off. Any advice??

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    I am so very sorry for what you are going thru.  I cannot begin to imagine.  I am NWB for one leg- also for minimum 3 mos though I know this is not the same as what you are going thru.  I am 4 weeks since the injury and the one thing that i have found that keeps me focused- I wake up each morning and think "I am one day closer" and then count all of the blessings that I experienced the day before.  I also have starting writing a note everyday to someone that I know is going thru something and could use some encouragement.  Please try to keep your chin up and go a day at a time- sometimes, it is just trying to get thru 30 min.  I cannot seem to get comfortable in any position- and i find that very frustrating.  My pain is not enough for pain med but the trylenol does not seem to be helping much.  Today is my first day home alone :-)- hubby went back to work.  We can get throught this!!

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    I kind of emotionally failed for awhile too. I began a calendar and noted one thing daily that I could be thankful for. Many days, it was simply what my husband had fixed for dinner. Hubby had gotten us Netflix for Christmas. I looked for encouraging movies and found I enjoyed these more than action. Kids movies are typically great for encouragement.

    Right now it probably doesn't even look like there is light at the end of the tunnel. But there is. Just a tiny little prick of light, but it is there. As time passes, it gets better. Progress becomes easier.

    In many respects, ur job now is to be kind and patient with yourself.

    Best wishes in ur recovery!

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      I am so grateful for so many things that have come to light since my accident. Not only has my husband stepped up to help me with my personal care (bed pan duty lol) but my friends and family are so incredibly helpful! Meals being brought over, wheelchair ramp was built while at appointment even just visits and all their love. My hospital bed is set up in living room so I can look outside at the humming birds and butterflies in my hanging basket. I truly appreciate all the little things now. I realize this is going to be a long road but I will get through it. I am blessed this is all that happened it could be so much worse. Thanks for your your support and best wishes for you in your recovery.
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      Husbands can be so surprising. In 2013 I had a total knee replacement. Hubby's care was such a surprise compared to the day to day guy he is. At that time, I really began to understand that during trying times, his true character comes thru. And he did it again this time with the broken ankle.

      Good to hear u are surrounded by supportive people.

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    Did the doctor tell you to elevate your legs at night above your head. It may relieve some of the pain if your legs are swelling. When my leg tendon. tore. That is what the doctor told me to relieve the swelling and pain. Pain pills did not help me because they gave me constipation or the caused me to get terrible headaches. I had 18 staples in my leg because of my torn tendon, so it took a very long time to heal especially since I am a diabetic

    So if you are not a diabetic, take it easy for now and obey the doctors orders. Otherwise it could get worse.Good luck

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      Thank you so much for your advice. I am elevating legs and yes it does help. I had to go to hospital yesterday , my right leg was crazy burning. Turns out cast was pinching a nerve. They cut off cast and put new one on. The Dr had a look at left fracture (it is in to the knee boot cast) I have the deep vein valve incompetence which means very poor circulation in this leg. To my and to the Dr's surprise I have advanced muscle atrophy! He now tells me it easily will be 9 to 12 for rehab. Of course this news was upsetting. I guess I just need to follow Dr's orders stay strong. Again I appreciate all input. I hope you continue to recover from your surgery as well.

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