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February 2nd, 2009

10:15 pm - Fractured talus
Back in August of '08 i had a..somewhat minor car accident with a major injury.
I fractured my talus (situated in the ankle) and severed the major blood vessel in that area.
Now, 6 months later i am still on the crutches. I can put half my body weight on the ankle (in a boot) but when you think about it- you CANT walk using half your weight on one leg... so i am kinda bummed out my progress has been so slow.
I had surgery the night of the accident where they placed a screw and three wires.
Three months later (they figured the bone would've died) i had more surgery- more screws and a hip bone graft.
Now that was painful folks!
That was three months ago and im still in the boot and crutches =(
My orthapedic surgeon tells me 90% of the people who have my kind of injury (and its a rare one) heal unsuccessfully!
But as you can imagine its had a major impact on my life. I lost my job, my car, ive gained alot of weight, lossed alot of freedom and its put stress on my relationship...
Alas i am trying to keep positive. I quit smoking the next day cold turkey and havnt looked back since =D

I havnt really spoken to anyone with same injury that IS passed the 6 month hump so im anxious to know what lies in store for me long term.. i guess in a way i dont want to know, just hope that maybe ill be one of the lucky 10% !

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October 1st, 2007

05:49 pm
I am new to this community and I thought I would write about how I broke my first bone. Back on May 11,2005, my ex-boyfriend and I were going to his sister's house to hang out. His sister had a five year old son and outside her house she had a trampoline. So my ex and I decided to jump on. I never jumped on a trampoline before, so as he was jumping really high I tried to jump along with him but he came down so hard that I had to grab a hold of him and as I came down I landed on my left ankle the wrong way. I heard a cracking sound but I thought it was nothing. So I decided to get off the trampoline and walk around. When I went back inside I sat on the chair and to my surprise when I took off my shoe and sock my ankle blew up like a balloon. It was so swollen that my toes and ankle were black and blue. When I went to the hospital the next day, I got x-rays done and the doctor found out that only a chip of bone broke off. So they ended up wrapping it up in an ace bandage and giving me a splint so I couldn't move it. They also gave me a set of crutches. As the for the swelling I had to put ice on it and keep it elevated and not walk on it. But as dumb as I am, I walked on it and never used my crutches. As for right now, it still is a bit swollen and I wear an ankle brace so nothing rubs up against it when I walk.

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September 29th, 2007

12:51 am
hey everyone~
the community looks kind of dead, but i figured i'd give it a shot...
last week, i fell down a hill while doing laundry on my college campus and i fractured my right tib/fib and had to have a rod+2 pins surgically placed into my leg. it was crazy, my foot was almost at a 90 degree angle to the right after i broke it, i don't know how i managed to look at it. i had a 110/80 blood pressure in the ambulance. it was the most surreal experience of my life.
anyway, i've been stuck at home, and this is really ruining my senior year of college. i was hoping there was an lj community for this sort of thing, because it's so hard to comprehend and i'm having a really hard time dealing with not only the severity of my injury, but all the pain and how hard it is for me to do anything.

anyway, i'd like to hear some other people's broken leg stories, so share them! i know it's only been a week since my injury, but i'm so over this whole thing. all i want to do is like, walk around a mall and move back into my dorm (i can't, the bathroom's on the second floor and would be impossible for me to get to while in a wheelchair.) i've been hearing a lot of really sad stories and i just want to hear some hopeful news, i guess.

thanks in advance :)

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June 11th, 2007

11:19 pm - Things really do get better!

One thing that I wondered and worried about when I had my accident was whether or not I would ever be myself again.  I can't say that I'm back to 100%, but I'm gettiing better and feel like I will be able to do the same activities that I was able to do before the break.  I don't walk down the stairs like a zombie anymore, and I can carry my own stuff around.  I can run a little bit (I look kinda goofy, though) and I don't limp when I walk.  I haven't tried to ice skate yet, but I've put the skates on and I'm pretty sure that one of these fine days I'll give it a go.  Not yet, though.

Hang in there, folks!  It gets better!

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April 26th, 2007

04:54 pm - Intro
Hi, happened to stumble (so to speak) on this journal. The glass half empty view: I destroyed my ankle last November stepping off a porch that I thought was six inches off the ground, but was really 5-6 feet. The glass half full view: The boxwood shrubs at the bottom turned what could have been a crush injury into a mere trimalleolar fracture with extensive soft tissue damage. In addition, I resprained it a few weeks ago doing more than I should have. So I'm just now ditching the crutches and the boot. My yoga instructor suggested I sit down and have a dialogue with my ankle to find out what it wants. I didn't kill him. He was too fast.

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March 15th, 2007

12:27 am - fractured tibial spine
Hi I'm a 30 year old male and I fractured my tibial spine when a crowd surfer at a concert used my left knee to break their fall. this happened the night of March 4.

I went to the ER and had x-rays taken and my left leg was put in an immobilizer. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic specialist 5 days later. upon looking at the xrays they diagnosed it as a tibial spine fracture and put my left leg in an even better immobilizer and told me to get an MRI. they said that the bones were not displaced and should heal properly but that I'd need an MRI to see if there was any ligament damage.

I had the MRI done this past Monday and upon second visit to the orthopedic doctor they said there is indeed no ligament damage, so no need for surgery now or later.

right now, about 10 days since the accident, my leg (below the knee) is really sore and bruised due to the natural blood clotting that occurs after a break. now I have to have an ultrasound to see if the blood clots are bad enough to warrant blood thinning medication.

I just wish I could be told of a definite timeline for the healing process. right now I'm being told that I should be able to put 10% weight on my left leg 4 weeks after the accident (about 3 weeks from now), possibly have the immobilizer off within 8 weeks from the time of the accident and hopefully be back to mostly full strength in 12 weeks.

I was told about this site by a friend who broke his leg almost a year ago and found this community while searching "broken bones" in livejournal. thanks for listening.

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March 13th, 2007

10:17 am - PT
I just had my first session of physical therapy this morning.  I feel like a new person.  A sore person, but a new person.  I think I was so afraid of doing something that would injure myself that I was really holding myself back.  I am going to hurt like the devil tonight, but right now I feel like I can do anything, and that's a wonderful change!

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February 9th, 2007

12:21 am - Happy, happy! Joy, joy!

I just went to the surgeon's this week and I won't be needing a plate.  The bone is healing and I can start walking without the crutches.  It took me most of the day today, but I took my first steps without my crutches late this afternoon.  I'm going to be free!  I'm going to be able to carry things!  I can do housework again.  Whoops. 

Thanks for the heads up -  I went to www.mybrokenleg.com a few days ago and it really was great.  Just reading the tips from all the other people who've done this before was great.  And a big thanks to you guys for telling me what to expect.  It helps!!

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February 2nd, 2007

03:47 pm - Guess not too many people are breaking legs these days...
Hi all!  I'm a newbie looking for a real person to tell me what to expect as far as getting over a broken leg goes.  On Dec. 2, 2006 I fell while ice skating with my daughter and did a number on my leg.  I pulled the tibia and fibula apart and tore the tissue in between, broke the fibula in two places and ruined my chances for ever going to the Olympics.  Oh, yeah, the Olympics were never really an option...

Anyway,  I've had surgery to put two screws in my ankle to hold everything together while it heals.  The original plan was to also put a plate on the lower of the two breaks on the fibula.  When I awoke from the surgery, the plate was not put on (surgeon didn't think it was necessary), but here I am waiting for my next followup on Feb. 7 and there's a chance that I might need that plate afterall.  I'm bummed because it really does feel better as far as a daily level of pain goes.  I am allowed to start putting a little weight back on it, but I need to keep the boot on during the day (comes off to sleep and shower).  I don't have much range of motion in my ankle and sometimes it aches until I feel sick to my stomach.

I am wondering what kind of time it takes to really recover from something like this.  Am I ever going to feel like myself again?  I never really appreciated things like just driving to the store or walking up the stairs before.  It can be hard some days not to feel down or to keep from feeling like a major burden on my husband and kids.
Current Mood: blahblah

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July 20th, 2006

10:38 am
well I am new to this community but I am here for the same reason as the rest of you. I broke my leg. blah. I actually broke it 3 months ago and convinced myself that it was going to get better(not knowing it was broken) and now found it is stress fractured so I have to stay off it for a couple weeks. I have 4 kids ages 2 to 12 so how I am supposed to do THAT I have not yet figured out.

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