So I haven’t been doing much writing OR photography lately. Having a broken ankle
really affects so many areas of one’s life. In addition to being painful, limiting my mobility,
affecting my emotions and putting a huge obstacle in my job hunting path, it has also
seemed to dampen my creativity.
Here’s a short overview of my broken ankle so far:
Nov 22 - Fall on the street near my house due to snow and icy conditions. 6 PM
My daughter, Delaney, gets our neighbor to drive me to the hospital. I am told I have
dislocated my ankle and broken it in three places. The orthopedic surgeon (who looks
like Dr. Oz’s cuter, younger brother) tells me I need surgery which has been scheduled
for the next day. I’m worried about money (no insurance), my job interview next week,
Delaney (18 and a bit shaken) and how the heck I will be able to function for the
next few weeks.
Nov 23 - Surgery (see photo here). I love morphine.
Nov 25 - I get to leave the hospital. I have a walker rather than crutches due to the huge
amount of snow. Very nervous about getting home but I make it ok.
Nov 26 - Delaney cooks her first Thanksgiving dinner and it turns out amazing!! I am
spending most of my time in bed with occasional trips to the bathroom.
Dec 6 - Appointment with Doc goes well. He says I am healing faster than anticipated given
the complexity of my injury. Cast removed, boot added. It’s all still a little scary. I have my
next appointment in three weeks. Doc asked me if I was able to work something out with
the job interview and I am amazed that he remembered that. What a nice guy. (The job
stared Dec 15th so I remain on the eligibility list but missed out this time).
Today I did a bit of searching on the internet to see what others have experienced and
They have different recovery experiences but all have one thing in common: it takes a long
time. I have been unemployed for almost six months now. I really need to be able to