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I am happy to report that I was released out of my CAM boot today, put into an Aircast splint and am allowed to bear full weight with the help of my crutches!! My doc wants me to progress from two to one crutch, and then without any at all over the next few weeks. I was surprised, because my surgery was 1 month ago, but he says that I have healed really well and he can barely see the fracture line. The aircast splint allows me to put the bottom of my bare foot on the floor except where the fabric wraps around the arch; it has been too long! It feels very weird, as if my foot is having a hard time interpreting what it is feeling (I thought at first something wet was on the floor), but it is still amazing to feel the ground!
I had ORIF surgery on March 5th after breaking my ankle and 5th metatarsal on Feb. 13th. They had to repair the tip of my fibula that had broken off and was at an angle that would have made it highly unlikely to repair itself well if at all ("ugly" and "nasty" were adjectives the doc used to describe my fracture). Despite my need for surgery to fix this, I have always had a stable ankle fracture which cut my time of NWB down significantly. This is likely the reason why I have been able to progress this quickly.
I am finally feeling like I am on the other side of this even though I still have healing to do. I am so grateful to everyone that has been a part of my journey so far, because I don't think I could have kept my sanity without all of you. Thank you so much! Please know that I am here for all of you too. And for those that come after us. I am very grateful to those that have healed, but still take the time to reassure people like me when in the throes of it. It is a sucky, scary, painful, uncomfortable, foreign experience made bearable by this forum and the people on my front lines. I wish everyone quick healing, health and happiness. And know how appreciative I am of everyone who has taken the time to help me.
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