(left leg elevated on pillows)
Welcome to my view of the last four days. On Wed., it was cold and icy outdoors. I had been on the backporch in my slippers watching the dogs do their morning thing. G had gone to feed the chickens later, reminding me that it was icy right out the backdoor, on my way to work...knowing this, I so carefully and gingerly stepped on the mat at the door, which as near as I can figure, broke loose from the ice, sent me flying. I felt my ankle twist - seeing (in my mind what I was feeling) it twist similarly to those NFL replays of football ankles twisting to the side the wrong way. Once I landed, I KNEW without looking and was afraid to look thinking I would pass out...laid there for a second...as my future several months flashed before my eyes. Started screaming in pain...took a look, to see my left ankle dangling from my leg bone.
Now we live in the country..and at best, you are on your own if you want things done quickly...so the 'crew' at the elevator were summoned and between three guys I was quickly placed in the back of the Jeep. I called 911 from my cell to tell them I would be arriving at the ER in a short 8 miles. From there it's kind of a blur.
Broke two of the three bones you can break in an ankle break. They had to put me out to 'reduce' the bones back into their socket...no 'bullet biting' for me. Was sent on to a specialist in Kearney, Ne. and hour and a half away. They said they wanted the swelling to go down before they 'plate and pin' it ~ surgery tomorrow...in Kearney, with what is deemed one of the best sports med/orthopaedic doctors going in the area. I tried to upload the X-rays, but couldn't find where I could copy or save them on the disks we were given. The doctor drew a picture, maybe I can scan it later so you can see.
Pain? Yes, unbelievable! I can see a long recovery here. I am determined to do everything I need to to get back to having a normal gait after it is healed. They say that is the only way you will get it going unless you want to walk with a limp or cane. Not me!
I think my busy life has been put on hold for right now. Only one focus - to get this taken care of. I hope to get back to painting or some type of art, as soon as I can sit up without the swelling going on.
That will be awhile, but please check back. I have my iPad in the bed with me. I would love to hear from you. I need some cheering....
Thanks to Kelli, Don and David for helping take care of me while G and I struggled with this unexpected emergency - there are such good people in the world!!