Saturday, April 16, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

f you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

NON-WEIGHT BEARING -  Um, does exactly what it says on the tin LOL! (quote from a UK paint advert!) When you need to rest the injury and allow it time to heal you have to be NWB, which means crutches or another form of support. Although to be honest in the early days mobility is the last thing on your list after pain and surgery and pain and not sleeping and pain and ...... well you get the picture.

It doesn't sound like a big deal, I mean you see people on crutches all the time getting around. But they do take practice. And if you live somewhere with more than one storey you need to be able to get up and down the stairs. It's not that easy. Personally there was no way I was risking using the crutches on the stairs for the first few weeks, the thought of falling and re-injurying your foot is a huge and common concern. So I went back to pre-walking stage and bottom shuffled up and down the stairs! And what about a cup of tea, even if I could use the crutches to get to the kitchen and make the tea, there's no way I could carry it anywhere as two hands to 2 crutches!

Did I ever think about cheating? Absolutely not, it just wasn't worth the potential damage I could have created.

6 comments:

  1. You never realize how much you need your hands, arms, legs and feet till one of them is out of commission!

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  2. Good point - hard to carry anything when you're on crutches.

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  3. I feel your pain. 21 years ago I was in a head on car crash. I tried to avoid the crash and was actually on my side of the road when the guy crashed into me. I live in California, the dude was an uninsured illegal speeding on a mountain road. I ended up breaking numerous bones in my right foot. I had surgery, with pins and screws. I ended up getting a bone infection, getting a main line for antibiotics straight to my heart via IV, and almost lost my foot. I was on crutches for at least nine months and endured many surgeries to clean up the infections (they'd leave the wound open and packed and I'd get a morphine shot to change the dressing. Ouch!!!!) I actually got married on with my crutches! It all turned out just fine, the infection was cleared and eventually I got a walking cast. This whole time I lived in a townhouse with stairs to get inside and stairs to get to my bedroom. It was rough, I just crawled up the stairs. Lol

    I wish you a speedy recovery!

    I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge.

    Shelly @ http://hangryfork.com

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    1. That reads wrong, I was on the shoulder of my side of the road.

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  4. What an interesting idea for an A/Z challenge! I think using crutches would be scary. I actually had a character break an ankle, and while researching, I discovered an alternative called a leg cart. YOu rest the injured leg on the cart and scoot with the other leg. It has handles you can drape shopping bags on. Doesn't help with stairs, though.
    @deb_atwood from
    Pen In Her Hand

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  5. Hi Suzanne, this a-z theme must surely be unique! Managing on crutches sounds grim!

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    p.s. your signature didn't work in your comment on my blog

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