Oct. 5th, 2007: I slipped on a wet floor I had just mopped and knew immediately I had seriously injured my leg/ankle...there was no pain immediately. My store manager called 911 and the paramedics came. They set my ankle as much as possible for transport. Yes, I screamed as I did feel this! Once in the ambulance, they gave me I.V. Demerol and stuff to relax me. My blood pressure was 170 over something. I don't remember the ride to the hospital at all but I woke up with a nurse saying, your ankle is definitely broken. This was before x-rays and you would have to have been a dummy not to see that it was broken. The swelling was tremendous. I was diagnosed with a bimalleolar fracture with an inter-fragmented tibia. A temp. cast was put on (wrong).
Oct. 6, 2007: Returned to E.R. to have the horrible cast replaced with a proper one (was the person's first cast - lucky me).
Oct 9, 2007: Surgery - plate on fib, 2 inter-fragmental screws on the tib and an extremely heavy club cast (my doctor's own specialty) to immobilize...boy did it. NWB and bedrest, up to bathroom and wheelchair only. Ice and elevation most of the time.
Nov. 16, 2007: 5th cast off (as swelling would go down each cast would get too loose). Darth boot given. PWB as tolerated. Could not tolerate Darth as foot was still so swollen and incisions hurt too much...mummified skin also prohibited certain ROM...turtle walking by bedside but very little. OS said rest it for another week as the incisions were too irritated to wear boot.
Nov. 30, 2007: Ordered Aircast and could do minimal PWB due to intense pain in soft tissue injury sites. Still cure and still turtle walking.
Dec.10?, 2007: Can't remember the date but ice storm hit and freezing cold temps inside of house...no electric...could not bear to even dress much less exercise the foot or do PWB.
December 21, 2007: OS visit...permission to do FWB, as tolerated and told to see a P.T. NO signs of FX on x-rays.
Dec. 27, 2007: 1st P.T. visit...a bust, just gave me a firmer band and corrected my walker gait.
December 27, 2007 to Jan. 3rd: Have accessed mybrokenleg.com to get better advice. Man-O-man! Everyone rallied to my needs here. P.T. advice and support galore. Have now moved my foot past 90 degrees and am getting much better R.O.M. This website is a blessing from Heaven above! Thanks, Paul!