On October 28, 2017 I broke my ankle. I had been looking forward to this day for months as we were going to a Halloween party. I picked our costumes, ordered everything off Amazon and even watched every youtube video possible for ideas on clown makeup. So the story goes like this I was dancing and having a good time when my ankle rolled in my boot and I ended up on the dance floor...literally. I fell to the ground and I knew instantly it was broke. The worst pain I have ever had in my life. So thankful for my babe for getting me to the ER, even when I said take me home.
So why blog??? It's therapeutic and helpful to the next somebody that breaks an ankle and is looking for support and guidance. I had originally thought of creating an entirely new blog but thought why bother. I have three different websites I manage one more on my broke ankle. PASS. Who has time for another website. Not me. Gardenhouse is a perfect place to record my accident, and recovery. So with that said, I don't know how many entires I will post but I will continue to document my journey to recovery.
When I went to the ER they took x-rays, shot my ankle up with pain meds and sent me home in a boot, stating it's broke but not too bad. I made it home, up the stairs and into the bed. That was Sunday morning.
I would not make it to an orthopedic doctors until 3 days later waiting on referrals and my insurance company to clear me to see an orthopedic doctor. So what I learned about medical insurance is pay attention to the plan that you select. I did not pay attention because, I am never sick an only go to the doctors office for my routine visits and therefore selected the cheapest and the one with the least amount of coverage my company offers. I learned quickly about my deductible as well in network versus out of network expenses. Long story short my deductible was $5000 which means I have to pay $5000 out of pocket for before my insurance will pay for anything.
Wednesday and I finally make it Orthopedic Dr. #1. Hated him. Upon arrival they took rays and confirmed that I had broke my ankle and would require ORIF (Open Reduction & Internal Fixation Surgery (ORIF) What is ORIF? An open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) refers to a surgical procedure to fix a severe bone fracture, or break. “Open reduction” means surgery is needed to realign the bone fracture into the normal position. “Internal fixation” refers to the steel rods, screws, or plates used to keep the bone fracture stable in order to heal the right way and to help prevent infection. While explaining the operation Dr. #1 attempted to sell me so many add ons to the operation. For an extra $150 you can get the block to stop the pain for two days. Then proceeded to sell me the items that he said I must have including a bag to put over my leg when I shower as well as renting a knee scooter for $40 weekly.
Reluctantly, I schedule the surgery, I didn't want surgery and am terrified of going under anesthesia although my eldest child has had multiple surgeries to repair his ankle as he was run over by a car over 7 years ago. I still did not want the surgery and believed that a second opinion was needed. Well that's part of why I got a second opinion but more importantly the surgery would cost me almost $4,000 out of pocket expense that I did not have nor would the doctor take any sort of payment arrangements. I went home feeling defeated.
We immediately starting calling around until we found a doctor that would allow me to make payments on the surgery. I called and we called until we meet Doctor#2. During this exam, my orthopedic doctor explained why surgery had to happen and what to expect as we prepared for surgery. My ankle was out of alignment. The allowable for surgery to not take place is less than 8 millimeters my ankle shifted 2 centimeters. She took the heavy boot off and they placed a splint on my ankle as well as loaned me a knee scooter. Surgery scheduled for 11/16/17.
Let me not lie, I hate the idea of going under and for the first few days I began to panic and overthink the entire scenario. So what is helping me prepare for the upcoming surgery. My affirmations are helping, when the negative thoughts come in, I immediately replace it with a positive. But don't get me wrong currently the biggest hurdle to get over is my depression. I am so sad and keep playing the accident over and over in my head. My body is tight and filled with anxiety. During my pre-operation visit they informed me that my supplements I love so much would need to be discontinued until after surgery. With that in mind I have begun the google search for ways to prepare me for the upcoming surgery.
Preparation for the upcoming ORIF surgery includes fighting the depression, returning to work, and getting my family ready. I am elementary school principal and my students have been super concerned about my injury. Returning to work was the best thing and the worst thing I could do. It was great to see my staff and students but super hard to keep my leg elevated not to mention the stress of parents and dealing with discipline left me super exhausted. I have four more days till surgery and have to get ready mentally, physically and spiritually. Found some great chair yoga and healing guided meditation that I will be doing daily. Added spinach smoothies to my morning routine. Going to pickup a few items from Wal-mart and count the days till surgery.