#brokenanklegains PART2 (see last night's post for PART1!) *
#flashbackfriday to not long ago when I broke my ankle! I broke it on March 28, & had surgery the following week. Originally at ER, I was told no surgery, 3-4 weeks till walking. That's sounded bad, but I quickly accepted it, & was fine with that. A few days later I went to an orthopedist, & was told it was actually more serious than 1st thought, & was looking more like 3-4 months... that was pretty hard to take... after surgery I had a big soft cast put on (⭐️see my previous post) for 4 weeks. This was the hardest part. The pain & throbbing any time I would move or not have my foot elevated for even a few seconds was horrible. Adjusting to getting through just daily life tasks was nearly impossible. Everything was exhausting and hard. A "big day" for me involved eating, showering (the worst!!!!), going on one 1-2 hour outing, getting down & up my apartment stairs. I had a new appreciation for walking & standing. As impossible as it felt, when you have no choice, you figure it out. You can't go over it, you can't go around it... you can only go through it. And as my amazing friend @blairintheair would always remind me "each day gets a liiiiiiiiittle bit better"! The pain would get a little less intense, I would accept & adapt to my new reality & handicapped life better bit by bit. And so grateful to have had so much help, love, and support from my amazing friends & family🙏🏼
After 4 weeks in that cast, I was supposed to get a hard cast put on for another 4weeks. Instead the doctor was amazing and gave me a removable boot instead! Even though I couldn't walk yet, I could remove the boot & start moving &working on my ankle mobility, which helped to speed up my recovery so much! I also could take the boot off to train (making handstands so much better!). At this point the swelling &pain was much more bearable. Bit by bit I could gain more normalcy back! I tried my best to train still & do everything that I could possibly do while having this broken ankle. It was frustrating & challenging, but I refused to let this hold me back. I recovered way ahead of schedule, & was walking after only ~2 months!!