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Comment : I broke my leg playing football
Posted by Chris on Mon 2:51pm 28 August 2006


Well to be honest i dont know if many people are going to believe this but here goes. Oh and im really doing this because it is so boring whilst non weight bearing. So to start i was away playing football in lithuania in the uefa cup, i came onto the field after about an hour of play i lasted 2 minutes, i was involved in a collision with the goalkeeper (not sure if he was as innocent as im making it)anyway i broke my tib and fib in the middle of my leg. It wasnt a compound fracture luckily! There was no oxygen present on the pitch (bearing in mind it was a uefa cup match) or in the ambulance! I was basically man handled into the ambulance by the crew! injected like a pin cushion with morphene or pain killers of some kind. I got to the hospital where they x-rayed the leg and left me for about 30mins in a waiting room that was absolutely filthy (blood on the floor etc) so then a nurse came in and proceeded to remove my football boot elasticated tongue and all without just cutting the laces, then they removed the sock in the same way, so needless to say i told them what to do and where to go, however nobody spoke english so i dont know if they understand, some words are universal i suppose. I was then taken away and my leg was put into traction of some kind (cant really remember much was in alot of pain) so neways i got taken to my room which was absolutely horrific you wouldnt put your dog in there, they gave me water in a mug that was filthy and cracked. So i dont remember much of that night apparently i screamed the place down, but i had so much morphene and sedatives in me i couldnt remeber. I was operated on the next morning, my leg was plated and pinned, they didnt put me in plaster (dont know if thats common practice) anyway my dad flew out that day arrived at the hospital took one look at it and had me moved to a new one in the capital Villnius, we had to pay cash $220 for the ambulance transfer, it was an hour long journey, i wasnt strapped into the ambulance by the way! so i got to the new hospital where i was manhandled whilst they took a new x-ray, because i couldnt unerstand where this woman was telling me to put my leg. She bashed into it a couple of other times whilst on the stretcher, as did another stretcher! This hospital was slightly better than the one in marijampole but nt much it was like a concentration camp. The surgeon then left for the weekend so we had 1 girl who could speak english in the hospital. I hardly ate anything as the food was so bad. Throughout this time i felt no real pain in my leg. Basically i had to stay in lithuania for another 5days where i was given antibiotics and blood thining injections for the flight home. I was then given an old gypsum plaster (hard at the back but open on the front) for travelling. So we had to get from the hospital to the hotel, the ambulance again was a disgrace, never strapped me in sppeding over speed bumps, they even got lost. So neway gt home after a change over in coppenhagen. So i t home everything was done correctly, in terms of the operation, plaster wasnt! So got my new plaster and had my stitches removed! Im now 4 weeks in and cnt put ne weight on it (still no pain) ive been doing leg lifts to keep my quads built up, i can move my knee fully to 90 degrees!I go back to the hospital in 2weeks and hopefully i can resume partial weightbearing! i will then go to my specialist where he will tell me better what to do in terms of football related things. So i was wondering if anybody could tell me if they have used an aircast, oxygen tent, ultrasound things like that! but also how long before the cast comes off and how long till you resume full weightbearing?
Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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