I've been depressed for 7 weeks, what should I do?

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hey! guys i broke my ankle [medial malleolus and lateral malleolus]. it's ending 7 week. my left leg is normal but my surgery leg is so weak and very thin. i am so depressed. is this normal? [no start walking] sorry 4 bad english.

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    So normal, your still early days. Each one is different but most here have experienced same, including me. Do your best to stay positive it helps even though you'll have down days. I'm not walking at 12 weeks, thin weak leg, but working hard on strengthening and moving the foot as best I can. Keep on, you'll get there it just won't be as fast as you would like.

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      Are you out of your cast? Are you going to physio yet?  My ankle is locked up tight but in the early days, I gently massaged it, wiggled my toes, put in warm water, thing like that but you should check first with your doctor....
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      yes i'm out of my cast. and i'm going to meet my doctor tomorrow.
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    I had my accident on 20th December

    1: Operation and backslab with crepe bandage put on.

    ‚Äč2.¬†Stitches removed, plaster on.Used wheel chair and hopped a bit.

    3. Plaster off, boot provided.  Massaged whole leg daily.  began walking few steps at a time using walking frame.

    ‚Äč4.Abandoned boot after 8 days.¬†Very heavy and velcro closures hard work.¬†¬†

    March 1st returned walking frame to hospital. Saw consultant and my x rays again (10 screws and a plate)

    ‚ÄčTold I should be discharged early May. have been prescribed calcium tablets.

    ‚ÄčWalking up to half a mile a day.¬† It aches after but it's worth it.¬† Elevation reduces swelling after 20 mins or so.

    ‚ÄčBest ways to counteract feeling depressed, lonely or isolated:

    Phone and email family, friends daily if possible,

    Congratulate yourself everyday when you do something you couldn't do the previous day.

    ‚ÄčCatch up on the books you promised yourself to read.

    Make some plans; short, medium and long term.

    Remind yourself of the many things you can still do.  

    ‚ÄčRevel in the praise and congratulations you get from others as you make progress.

    Best of luck with your recovery.

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    We all feel down. Each day brings new challenges but also new improvements. I wasn't walking for 16weeks but in the last two weeks I have started to walk. I have found since walking and vast improvements. Keep positive. 

    My leg was really so thin it was unbelievable, I have purchased a exercise bike and use this on daily basis. It doesn't exercise the ankle but know it will build the muscel back on leg in time.

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    I am about a week ahead of you. What you are saying sounds like the rest of us. Do your best to stay up beat, keep your mind busy. I know it is very difficult, but the less time you have to think about it, the easier it is.
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