I just spent the evening in the ER of the orthopedic hospital. It actually was quite a pleasant experience… quiet, calm, fast free internet connection…while i knew at home things were sort of a zoo, with a certain boy’s fourth birthday today and all…
My particular kind of broken foot is called an “incomplete jones” … and you can read about this injury, which is more common in big deal athletes, right here:
We have two big problems with this injury. The first is that up to 50 % of the time, they just don’t heal by themselves, and the the orthodudes have to go in an put in a really big screw to hold it together. This would be bad anyway, but with some of my drugs, I first have a higher risk of non-healing, and then have a higher risk of nonhealing after the surgery. This is why I haven’t had parts of my spine fused yet…
(this is not my X ray. but they look similar, my fracture is a little more crooked and the periosteum – the skin on the outside of the bone) is all bunched and buckled) but the break doesn’t go all the way through to the other side… it stops at about 3/4 which is amazingly lucky.
The second problem is that to get this to heal, you really need to be non-weight bearing for a while. Well, crutches are totally bad for arm lymphedema after having axillary dissection with cancerous lymph nodes. Bad, bad, bad.
So he put me in a big tall boot, with all this heavy stainless steel folded around where the fracture is. He told me to do my very best to stay off of it, and if it’s not better, to return thursday, if it IS starting to get better, to come back on january 3.
There is no doubt that if I can be good about staying off it, it will heal faster, and as much of a pain as it will be for everyone for a while, the net total time of immobilization will be lower than if I don’t stay off it and we need to have surgery. I know the kids are already pretty used to my resting a LOT, but it’s hard to be down all the time… i am obviously not going to be doing ANY entertaining over the next couple of weeks, the housecleaning just isn’t going to happen and besides, this boot and I take up the WHOLE couch. Skype. That’s it. We can do our holiday visiting over skype.
Because see that screw? (and of course that’s not my foot either) we don’t want one like that. Ick. so I’m hanging the do not disturb sign on the front door, finishing my christmas shopping on amazon, and I’m going to just let it heal RIGHT NOW.