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Alex_E : Broke my leg twice! :(
Diary entry posted Wed 5:05am 20 April 2005

Hey guys! It's great to finally be able to write down, I guess as much for myself, my great fibula adventure going back to July 21st 2004. Well, I'd just finished my first year studying History at Oxford Brookes University in England and I had been accepted for a job in coaching football (my big sport) for a summer school organisation in Oxford itself, over the summer holidays. It was only the third day of my summer coaching job when I went on my break (pun not intended)and was challenged by about 30 12 year old kids to take them on in a match alongside some of my other colleagues. I received a ball over and it made me jump up slightly before landing on my right leg and hearing a large snap!My initial reaction was "Hmm, ok, thats not good!" I was stretchered off to the nearby bench and some good friends started the prodding process. "Does that hurt?", the asked. "Yes!" I replied. So I went to hospital and was met by some nurses who seemed to take over the prodding process!! "Does that hurt?" "How about there?" "Yes it hurts, stop that!!" :) Anyway, so I was told after going through an x-ray that I had snapped my fibula and that I would need to go in a 'beckham boot'. My summer was ruined, all my plans and everything out of the window! Great! Anyway, so I was meticulous in my approach to getting back to playing agaian and getting this nasty boot off. After 8 weeks I saw a doctor briefly who told me that there was no need to have an x-ray and that he was sure I'd be able to start physio straight away. My thoughts? "Hallelujah!!" So, I started getting into routines, building up the leg, stretching, strengthening etc. I then went back to oxford in September and started my second year. Wasn't able to run, as it was still quite painful and I had been advised by the physio that it would be a gradual process to get back to running again. 2 months passed and I was still in quite a bit of discomfort, infact, pain! I went to the hospital in Oxford and saw a doctor who told me "You're gonna have pain for the rest of your life and it will never be the same again, I'm afraid you've gotta just deal with it!" Suffice to say, I did not feel my best after hearing those words! Another month passed and I was still in quite a bit of pain, and had been jogging occasionally when late to lectures, doing my exercises etc etc etc, all on the premise that my leg was healed, but just weak! My Dad has private healthcare and so we decided that I should go private to see someone about the pains. I had a CT Scan and x-ray etc, and was told my leg was still broken, and was just held together by fibrous tissue! "Great"!!The private surgeon in Oxford told me that I should probably have an operation asap, and leg be treated as a mal-union, so essentially where the bones have just not joined together and there was no particular reason for it.I really didn't know what to think and I had quite a bit of anger and frustration that no-one had picked up on that. Even so, i thought, at least I can get back to walking pain free again and hopefully be playing football in a couple of months! Anyway, for some reason I went home (London) to see the family and they told me that if I was going to be having an operation I would have to be looked after at home, and that there was no way I'd be able to look after myself properly at my house in Oxford. I lived 2 miles from uni too! So, i saw a specialist in London who seemed a bit more assure of what he was doing. I told the uni i'd have to leave until the following year, cos I just felt that would be best. I then went into surgery on January 16th where the surgeon treated my leg as a mal-union case. I woke up some hours later and the surgeon informed me that the reason why it'd never healed was because I'd completely ruptured the ligament in my ankle too! "What!!!!!" So for the first time since July the previous year, some 6 months later, I finally knew exactly what had happened to me! He then told me that he'd gummed my ligament together and put a metal plate in it, and then stuck a metal pin in my fibula. I was now going to be in a proper cast this time, and for a period of 12 weeks! Good job I left uni!! It is now April 20th, and I have just got back to walking and physio again (!) I am now confident that it has healed somewhat, cos there is less pain. However, because no-one spotted my ruptured ligament my ankle is now much stiffer, and it will take about two years to fully heal, and it's quite likely that i'll have arthiritis in my ankle joint somewhere between 3 and 60 years! So I guess the moral of this story guys, is be careful!! :P Oh, and never trust doctors!!No, well always go with your instinct! You can never be too cautious!! God Bless everyone. feel free to ask more questions if you like. I'm free all summer! xx



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