It kind of scared me that I stopped breathing for a little bit. But I was glad to be ok. I eventually got dressed, it wasn't the easiest thing to do, doped up and hurt. I was wheeled out to my car in a big comfy wheelchair. The January bitter air hit my face and the sun burned my eyes. I was just glad to be out of there. We then headed home, but not before we picked up chicken wings. About a week later it seemed like my ankle wasn’t healing though I wasn’t allowed to look at it I felt like something wasn’t right. Our appointment to take off the elastic cast finally came. As they unwrapped it, it was yellow and purple with staples all up and down my ankle I was disgusted. They told me they’d put a cast on it and that I was taking a bit longer to heal. My body was taking a while to adjust to the metal in my body. I then had that cast on for 4 months. Finally the day! I thought, I was going to get the cast off. After they sawed the cast off they did a few more X rays. “We’re going to have you in a boot for another 2 months then hopefully you’ll be walking again” said the doctor. This made me mad, I was sick and tired of being home bound and scooter bound. So the months go by. My left leg had gotten so strong after holding myself up for months. This would soon be the end of my journey with the boot and scooter. We arrived at the doctor as usual. I took off the boot it looked somewhat better. Then the doctor pulled out a staple remover “this shouldn't hurt at all” she plucked 10 staples out of me. She then wiped it clean. You could see the metal rod outline in my ankle. We went to get some X-rays. She came back and said “looks like it's fairly healed but you may have some complications down the road, arthritis is fairly common, you're also going to want to wear thick socks in the winter to prevent any pain from the cold, also weakening of the bone has occurred but should go away after a year.” I was a little mad, why would they put metal in my ankle if it was going to cause so many problems. So to this day I struggle with an aching ankle in the winter, I also can't wear some shoes due to the metal rubbing between the shoe and skin. I can't bend my ankle certain ways because the metal has kept it pretty stable. It also still aches when I use it continuously. I also still walk with a limp but with more practice it should fade. Hopefully the metal can be removed one day but that is yet to be determined.
- Fall '14
- Human leg, Sprained ankle, Tarsus