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I broke my ankle on 19 May 2018 and had ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgery the next day. I was put in a splint and given instructions not to put any weight on the leg for 2 months. 2 weeks later the splint came off and the stitches came out. Turns out the splint had been put on incorrectly, wrapped completely around my leg causing the swelling to have nowhere to go and pressing out against the plaster. It wasn't very much fun. Now, with this boot, at least I can take it off when I'm sitting to air my leg out and ice my ankle. My problem is, I can't sleep with it on! Tonight marks the 5th night that I have not slept properly because of this boot. Right now it is 0217 and I would normally be asleep. I just can't find a comfortable position with this thing. It presses on both incisions and causes just enough of a twinge that sleep escapes me. Bed, couch... doesn't matter. Propped up, laid down... no difference. I can't take much more of this. I find myself drifting off with the boot removed during the day.
But why exactly do I need the boot at night anyway? I don't move around a lot and I am very aware of the injury while I am sleeping. I wonder if just one night without it would hurt???
Anyway, I hope all of you who are in this same or a similar situation heal quickly. I'm looking forward to walking again. The road is long and sometimes painful that we travel, but we will endure.
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