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Annie : My Recovery
Diary entry posted Mon 6:06pm 21 March 2005

First, I would like to say, I wish I had found this site two months ago when all this happened. When I stumbled upon it after putting in trimalleolar fracture in a search, I was thrilled. I have learned as all of you have, this little "adventure" is quite a challenge. Lest you all think that I have seen all of this as funny all the time, I can assure you, I have not (although when I get down, if I think about how this all unfolded, it does make me laugh). There have been days I have balled my eyes out. There have been days with all sorts of pain and frustration. And there still is a whole lot of loneliness. I too have experienced the disappearance of friends, and the feeling that they see this as "just a little broken leg". I never again will underestimate the phrase "broken" anything. You never truly know what your bones will do until you really break one. I am a 47 year old woman who has been athletic all my life. I am a retired geologist and made my living on my feet hiking the hills hauling around a back-pack. Now I find myself all the time wondering just where I will end up. Will I ever be able to feel the freedom of a good run again? Will I ever be able to really hike again, and ski, and mountain bike, and all the really physical things I love to do? And then there's just wondering if my bones will heal the way they need to at my age. That is where this site has become so valuable to me. I have spent hours reading your diaries, learning of your broken bones, and reviewing your recoveries and it has really given me great hope for my own recovery. I have read about people with the same fracture who are back to where they were before, and it really keeps me motivated. I have been fortunate through a lot of this, that my husband was able to be with me. He took time off and finally had his own knee surgery on Jan 17, so we were both off lounging around together. It did look pretty funny - two invalids in the same house. The snow that fell during that storm has just now (Mar) disappeared. That was the storm from you know where, and the snow just stayed and stayed. On Feb 6, we started to run low on fire wood and my husband was headed into the back yard to get more, fell through the thick snow, and horribly strained his quad muscle, which set back his recovery from knee surgery by weeks. My mother came to help us out and brought me a walker, which was a God-send. We bought a bike basket, which helped me be much more independent. I never did get really good with the crutches - just learned to grudgingly use them. My husband finally made it back to work full-time on Feb 27. He has burned just about every version of leave and used shift-trades with the other guys to get through this. There have been many times my husband and I remind ourselves that this could have been worse, and that puts things in perspective. If I had fallen and hit my head and gone unconscious, I would have laid there and probably frozen to death before anyone noticed me gone. Hm... So, I choose to explore this "little" adventure to its fullest. I am still in the recovery of this, and welcome any imput from anyone out there who has suggestions or whatever. The adventure continues ...



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