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G'day, I just need to vent. :o( I am a 60 year old female and live in a small country town in rural regional Australia. 4 weeks ago I suffered a Lateral Malleolus Fracture just walking out the front door! My dog was pulling me one way, the self closing screen door was pushing me the other way, and this caused me to step off the side of the front door stoop which is roughly 6 inches high badly twisting my ankle. It swelled up with an orange sized swelling on the outside of my ankle and I had a LOT of bruising. At first I thought it was only sprained. I was alone and called an ambulance but the operator would not send one "for a sprained ankle" so I sat there for a while extremely p*ssed off about that. Eventually my husband got home from the pub (where he goes almost daily) and took me to the local hospital. Nurses at the hospital told me that it "probably wasn't broken" and wrapped it for me. Flash forward several days and I finally got in to see a doctor. Doctor ordered ex rays and confirmed my ankle was broken a couple of days latter. It took that long to get another appointment and the results. I is a "Lateral Malleolus Fracture". She ordered a cast put on so we had to drive to another country town nearly an hour away for that as we don't have the facilities for it here. Orders were STAY OFF OF IT FOR SIX WEEKS NO WEIGHT BEARING. Fat chance. Doctors seem to have this fantasy world of the IDEAL CONDITIONS that in their fantasy world exist for patents to recover. The reality of my life is that I am virtually alone here and have no close family to help me. To put it mildly my husband is not the the world's best carer, does not want to spend 24/7 fixing me meals, cleaning the house, taking care of all my animals, or helping me to the toilet. So I HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE THEN TO GET UP AND TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. I think he's prepared 3 or 4 meals for me within the last 4 weeks that I was supposed to stay down. Flash forward 4 weeks. I am worried because the cast feels like its rubbing against my ankle and is very painful. I am also still having a lot of swelling and what feels like nerve damage pain in my foot. When I get up my foot swells and my toes start to tingle and go numb. The colour of my skin is normal. No blue or black skin so I don't think my toes are going to drop off but it worries me that there is still so much swelling and nerve pain. As I mentioned earlier I don't have anyone else to help me aside from my husband who thinks he is doing enough and threatens to just walk out every time I complain so I just keep my mouth shut. It is nearly impossible to get any help from the government as it can take MONTHS for an application to be processed and even if you qualify you can only get a few hours of help per week which isn't much more help then my husband is willing to do. I have a dog that I love dearly (he gives me much more affection then my husband!). He is a 3 year old JRT x Mini foxy and is VERY HYPPER ACTIVE. Before the injury I used to walk him every day (which he NEEDS) and we would go for at least 5 miles around town. I am extremely worried that it will be a year until I can get back to that kind of walking again. My poor dog is going CRAZY. P.S. I don't let him out because it's now summer here with temps hovering between 30 - 40c and since we live in a rural farming area at the edge of town we get LOT OF BROWN SNAKES HERE. My dog being a terrier wouldn't last long if I just let him go free outdoors so I keep him in with me. He is my rock, my love and my most loyal friend. If anyone has read this far and has had a similar injury I would love to hear from you. I especially would like to know how long it might before I can take long walks again with my dog. Thanks for reading this if you've gotten this far.
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