Waiting for Surgery for Broken Ankle

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I broke my ankle 7-17-17. I was on the Roof cutting small limbs off the tree. I stood up to push some limbs over the side. My foot slipped. I sat down but my tennis shoe turned on its side with my ankle in it . I have 4 dogs , many cats that I have rescued over the years and gotten spayed and nutered. My spouse has bad knees and back and is no spring chicken . I am waiting for surgery on 7-27-17. I am getting up using the I walk 2.0. trying to take care of cats . Not to mention l have my home and the home I inherited from my parents that I have rescue cats at . I have decided that as soon as I can walk. I am going to start working on selling the home I inherited . I am scared . Every time I get up to do anything my foot swells.

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    Oh Susan I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this!

    I broke 3 bones in my ankle and dislocated it almost 3 weeks ago and had emergency surgery the next morning. I was holding my baby and tripped and held on to him so I fell wrong.

    For the swelling try and keep your foot elevated as much as possible. It will help a ton. Do you have any pain medication? I couldn't imagine having to wait 10 days for surgery. If you can elevate above your heart that will be even better. I have had my leg on pillows since I came home from the surgery and still elevate my ankle 90% of the day. It's boring but it helps.

    Also you may notice that when you put your foot down after elevating it it will turn purplish and hurt. This freaked me out at first but it's completely normal. Take pain meds on time to help with the pain and rest as much as you can. I hope it all works well and wish you a speedy recovery!!!

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      Thank you Melissa. My God you were holding your baby . I am waiting for 7-27 to have surgery. My mind is just spinning with fears of infection, how painful it will be after surgery. I am Drug Counselor. I teach coping skills. Boy am I having to use them. I got this thing called a I walk 2.0 and it is help me get up and be able to do things hand free. I am also using a walker . I fell off the crutchs . How painful is it after surgery and how long until it stops hurting? I wish you a speedy recovery too. Was the baby hurt ?
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      Luckily, because my mommy instincts kicked in, I completely broke his fall and he is perfectly fine. I had kind of twisted my body so that I fell sideways instead of right on him and held tight. Sucks for me but at least he is ok.

      I didn't find the surgery too bad to be honest. The pain before the surgery was so bad that any pain after was moderate. I don't even have any pain anymore. No problems with infection either. That's usually a rare occurrance. Follow your surgeons directions and you should be fine. Before my surgery they gave me antibiotics too ask you might get some to prevent an imfection.

      This Friday will be three weeks for me and I have minimal swelling. I'm non weight bearing still of course, But I don't take any pain meds at all. I had my first physio appt yesterday and he said I actually have great range of motion surprisingly. It's starting to look up!! Stay positive. It gets easier each week. I elevate constantly. Unless I'm going to the bathroom I elevate and it has helped tremendously. You're gonna do great, good luck!!!!!

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    Oh Susan I am feeling for you. The swelling will last a long time. I had surgery a few days after my ankle break on the 1st Feb and my leg still swells. As Melissa says keep your leg elevated and if your leg is not swollen get a compression sock or bandage, it will help you.

    Good luck x


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