January 7, 2006
One year ago today, I began what would become my tri-malleolar adventure. By this time, I had walked 20 or so steps out of my front door thinking I would be doing something I had done 100's of times before, namely snow-blowing my driveway, only to find myself slipping on unseen ice and breaking my right ankle. I had somehow managed to flip over from my fall and crawl on my hands and knees back into the house and up the stairs to sit on the floor waiting for 2 hours for the ambulance, while seemingly entertaining four firefighters. By this time, I was really wondering what lay ahead for me.
As I sit here writing, I cannot help but think about all that this passing year has involved. At times it has been pretty traumatic both physically and mentally; at times it has been down-right comical; at times it has been truly frustrating and painful; and at times it has been amazing. I have learned an awful lot about myself, and once I found this site, I found and came to know people who truly understood the adventure I was on.
I was fortunate in that I recovered fairly quickly and with no real set-backs. At this time a year ago though, I had no idea what my outcome would be. I was terrified I would never be able to do the outdoor things I cherish, like run, bike, hike, and ski to name a few. I was pretty scared facing an unknown future. I am happy in that one year later, I was able to do pretty much what I set my mind to do. It did take a LOT of determination and hard work to get to that point, however.
I sit here today, still recovering from my HW removal 17 days ago, and I have great optimism for what lies ahead. Yesterday was my first PT session after the removal surgery, and my ROM loss was really fairly minimal, especially compared to the last time. With a bit of work, I will be right back to where I was before the HW was removed. At that point, the greatest part of the tri-malleolar adventure will be over. At that point, my greatest hope is that I have lots of new, much less painful, adventures to experience!
For those of you just starting your broken leg journeys, try to stay optimistic. While these breaks can be really traumatic in so many ways (something the un-broken world just does not seem to get; they think it's some sort of "vacation"), you can recover from them and your pre-break life, for the most part, can return. It may be slightly different, but good none-the-less. Hang in there.
In closing on my one year anniversary posting, I would like to share again three phrases I really found helpful:
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however."
"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
You seek problems because you need their gifts."
"If you can shape it in your mind, you will find it in your life."
All the best to my MBL friends. Life is GOOD!