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February 2nd, 2007

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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.
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Date:February 3rd, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
oh god! I am so sorry you are so broken! Being broken really does suck. I hope your kids are old enough to be helpful and not(liek mine) young enough to think mom is slow now so I can do all those things I wanted to before when she was quick enough to catch me. My break was not nearly as serious as yours but I STILL have pain nearly a year later.
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Date:February 8th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for getting back to me! I guess I'm going to have to get used to a leg that aches. I did get some good news just today, though. No second surgery needed and I can start trying to walk (boot on/no crutches), so the end is in sight!

My kids are 7, 9 and 12, so they've been great. They're tired of my not being able to do things with them, though. How young are your guys? Funny how quick they catch on to how to get away with things!

I hope that you have been able to get back to your pre-broken life. I'm looking forward to some freedom!
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Date:February 8th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
my kids are 2, 4, 10, 12. the big ones helped where they could but gees they are only kids too, it was hard for them to think about things like mom cant bring the milk to the table for the little ones, etc. Yay for no second surgery! I thought I was going to have a microfracture procedure but it turned out to be unnecessary THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT! now if I even SEE a patch of ice, much less FEEL it I am thinking OH NO! I DO NOT WANT TO BE BROKEN AGAIN!! Hope you are feeling better soon.
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Date:February 3rd, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I only broke my tibia (January 5, 2005), and even now I can tell when the weather is going to change.

I would say this:
1. Regardless what the orthopaedist says, see a physical therapist. My orthopaedist said I didn't need to, and I am still experiencing pain when I dance (I'm a dance hobbiest) and when I go for power walks.

2. You will probably never feel as good as you did before you broke it, but you can get to 98%. Others might have different experiences, but that's my experience.

3. It takes as long as it takes. Sorry that isn't too helpful, but we all heal and recover at different rates.

Good luck!
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Date:February 8th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! Right now, 98% is lookin' great! I'm hoping that in time I'll be able to skate again, but I'm not going to rush it. I hope you're back to enjoying your dancing!
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Date:February 4th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
My break took about 6 weeks total healing time. I'd say it was a fairly minor break, I only fractured the fibula right at the ankle. It was a long 6 weeks though, but I eventually recovered completely. occasionally it aches though, especially in cold weather, oddly. but I have full range of motion, and never needed physical therapy.

My advice: take care of yourself, drink lots of water, enjoy the time to relax, and you'll be back on both feet before you know it, even if it feels like forever. I think keeping a positive attitude is your best ally.

I found mybrokenleg.com to be a great resource during my recovery.
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Date:February 8th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I just talked to a neighbor who broke her arm five years ago and she said the same thing about the cold weather. Thanks for the advice about the positive attitude, too. It was pretty hard these last three weeks, but good news came today and I feel so much better. I won't need another surgery and that makes everything seem better already.

I'm glad your recovery went well, and thanks for getting back to me. It really helps to hear from someone who has been through this already!

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