Broken Ankle Experience – Epilogue, a few years later

In December 2011, I broke my ankle while walking the dog in the woods in the dark.  It was a ‘clean” break, requiring no surgery, but it still required months of a cast and crutches, no weight-bearing, followed by therapy, and recuperation.  As a normally very active, independent and self-sufficient woman, being incapacitated resulted in my being at times depressed, anxious and bored to tears.  As I was moving through the healing process, I thought perhaps it would be helpful if I shared some of my experiences with others who might be in the same situation.  I had no idea whether anyone would even read my saga, but I hoped some of the things I dealt with would be helpful to someone. Continue reading

Broken Ankle Experience – Part 5 of 5

In the first four parts of blog series, I’ve shared my recent experience with my broken ankle – what to do when traveling, tips on how to survive around the house, the cast versus boot process, healing and physical therapy.  I hope the information was helpful.  This is my final blog on this subject, and I’ll cover some overall thoughts and will also share how I was (or wasn’t) able to work during my three months of disability, for anyone who may be in the same field as I am. Continue reading

Broken Ankle Experience – Part 4 of 5

This edition of my blog series on my experiences with a broken ankle will focus on the healing process.  What happens once you can start putting partial pressure on a broken ankle?  How long does it take to get back to “normal?”  What exactly happens in physical therapy?  When can you drive?

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Broken Ankle Experience – Part 3 of 5

As mentioned in Part 1 and 2 of this series, I’m sharing my recent experiences dealing with my broken ankle, hopefully to provide some insight to others who may be dealing with the same situation.  Links to my past blogs can be found at the bottom.   In this edition, I’m going to share my experiences with actual healing timeframes, as well as dealing with public places such as airports, airplanes, buses, trains, and hotels, while incapacitated. Continue reading

Broken Ankle Experience – Part 2 of 5

As mentioned in Part 1 of 5, the first week after I broke my ankle, I was busy learning how to use crutches, and dealing with the discomfort associated with getting a cast on, and just trying to cope with the general issues associated with not being able to move around normally.  I left the doctor’s office after my first visit with the hope that 2 to 4 weeks afterwards I would have the cast replaced by the boot, so I could already see the end in sight. Continue reading

Broken Ankle Experience – Part 1 of 5

As I started my day today, I swung my bare feet to the floor, stood up and walked towards the bathroom.  That’s right, I said, I walked towards the bathroom in my bare feet.  That simple occurrence, which we do all day long, placing one foot in front of the other, is something I will never take for granted again. Continue reading