Megan_K 9:55am Mar 15 2020
I am sorry to hear about your injury. I also had a spiral fracture of the tibia and a fibula fracture that occurred while I was skiing. I was just walking into the lodge, but still had my ski boots on and slipped on ice! I had to have surgery immediately, is surgery a potential for you?
I am now 11 weeks post injury and am hoping to get out of the cast later this week! It has been a very long recovery, the hardest part is definitely the mental aspect. I found many helpful tips on this site. First, if ANYONE offers you help, say "yes!". I got bored with TV and books pretty quickly so I ordered a complex cross-stitch kit off of Amazon and spent several hours a day working on that while listening to podcasts.
Since you will be immobile, set up a "station", a little table next to where you are sitting/laying with your leg up. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks and phone charger. Once you have a full cast, bathing will be difficult. I ordered a shower chair, large trash bags and duct tape. A handheld shower is a necessity.Every other day I would carefully wrap my cast up so I could sit in the shower. Other days I would take a sink bath, just cleaning the necessary parts. I also ordered a few pairs of wide leg elastic waist pants.
You will be very tired. I was very frustrated by this at first but several people on this site reassured me that this was to be expected and I needed to rest for the bone to heal.
Feeling sad and depressed is something many experience with this injury. I cried a lot the first several weeks. You will recover from this. If you have any other specific questions, please ask! Also, read the FAQ's on this site.
Megan in Texas
tib/fib fracture with spiral into posterior ankle malleolus-12/31/2019
IM nail, plate and 7 screws-1/1/2020
Cam walker boot-2/18/2020
out of boot,ankle brace-3/19/2020