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Old 03-05-11, 10:09 AM   #1
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Well crap

So the wife and I have been trying to find activities that we can do together that we both enjoy, so that we can spend time together. Cycling is one activity, but I tend to ride so much faster than she does, so she feels like she's holding me back. We finally decided on rollerskating, with old-school quad skates not rollerblades, as one such activity.

Two weeks ago we went out and bought new rollerskates. We got outdoor wheels for them, and headed to the lake to skate on the MUP. I failed to tell her that I'd never been rollerskating before, and the few times I'd been rollerblading I sucked. So we didn't skate much that afternoon. When we purchased the skates we were each given 5 free skate lesson passes & 5 free passes for anytime skating.

We went to our first lesson last week & had a good time. We were looking forward to our second lesson this morning, and in anticipation of it, we chose to go to a free skate last night.

Things were going well until I decided to rest for a bit. Apparently I was going a little faster than I should have when I stepped off the floor onto the carpet, and didn't slow down enough. I started to lose my balance, windmilled, and went down hard. I didn't hesitate to put out my had to break my fall as I was wearing wrist protectors. As I fell, my right foot didn't pivot in the direction of the fall because of the wide indoor wheels. I rolled my ankle, heard two very distinct cracks/pops, and immediately felt excruciating pain. My wife rolled over to me & asked if I was OK. I told her no, and to please get an adult staff member.

Two staffers came over and asked what happened. I told them, and they asked if I wanted a medic to check me out, because there happened to be one there. I said yes, and moments later there were two EMTs checking out my ankle. Based on his exam, he said I most likely had fractured my ankle. The two of them set up a make-shift splint with a towel and medical tape, and told me to go to the ER.

We headed to Baylor Medical Center, even though there were a few other hospitals closer to us. We chose Baylor because it's close to home, and I figured it'd be easier to deal with follow up care with them. I was dreading going in to an ER on a Friday night, and figured I'd be sitting there in pain for a few hours. I was wrong. They checked me in w/in 5 minutes, then sent me to the Minor Emergency Room upstairs. They brought me to an exam room immediately, then took me for x-rays. The Nurse, Tech, Physicians Assistant & Dr all came in repeatedly to check on me & give me hydrocodone. After a while, they came in and told me that I had a nondisplaced fracture of the fibula, and that they were going to splint it and that I was to contact an orthopedist as soon as possible on Monday. After an hour or so, they sent me on my way with Rx's for more hydrocodone and ibuprofen 800.

So it looks like I won't be doing much of anything, let alone riding, for a while. I won't know for how long until I see the Dr next week.

I'm actually looking forward to going back for skate lessons once I heal up.
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Wow, that sucks.
I was going to say,well now you know how your wife feels about somebody being better than her, but man that sucks bad. Pray for a speedy and full recovery I guess.
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Sorry about that - heal soon!!

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Oh geeze. Hoping you heal up as good as new. Sorry about that happening. Baby yourself, that ankle is nothing to mess with.
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Sorry to hear that. Well wishes for fast healing. Rollerskating/blading is the one wheeled activity where I'd prefer to be going uphill all the time...the whole lack of quick stopping ability sucks.
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now you can work on that nurse/patient thing together... Hope it heals quickly.... http://www.fredericks.com/sexy_costu...efault,pd.html probably nsfw.
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Ouch! That's got to be painful. Take care of yourself.
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Ouch! That's got to be painful. Take care of yourself.
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Heal up soon. By the time you're ready to ride again, the weather should be nice.
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Sorry to hear that, heal up. I have gone to a few roller skating bday parties w/ my kids recently. I can get going in an oval just fast enough to get in big trouble if something goes not according to plan (windmilling kid flailing across my path...)

This is an opportunity for your wife to get up to the speed you'll be able to pedal at when you do get back on the bike.
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Yikes! I hope that you follow the doctors orders and heal properly. As a former quad skater (both artistic and speed) , I will tell you that the speed skates you bought are crappy and never should have been sold to anyone who does not know how to skate. They are just as good as a pair from Gemco. You should have been in leather artistic boots that offer support and stability to your ankles. Try to get a refund or credit towards a pair that will work and keep you supported.
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Ankles are tough to heal. Like everything below the waist, you can't go anywhere without them. Keep it immobile as long as the doctors say to, then work to rehab the atrophe caused by being immobile. I can tell you from experience, you're lucky it broke. It's been almost 28 years since I tore out all the tendons on the outside of my right ankle. It'll never have much strength. Bones heal much better, until you're over 70 or so.
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Old 03-08-11, 02:41 PM   #17
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My visit with the Orthopedic surgeon went well, although he had good news and bad news for me (of course).

The good news is that the break was a very clean break that should heal very quickly with simple immobilization of the ankle.


The bad news is that I also broke/tore/dislodged the ligament on the inside of the ankle. That's why I heard two pops when I fell: one was the bone breaking, the other was the ligament. So I go in for surgery Thursday morning to have them put a kevlar toggle bolt (for lack of a better term, and that's how the Dr described it) through the ankle to stabilize it so the ligament can heal. I'll be on crutches for at least 6 weeks, worst case is 3 months. On the plus side, they won't have to remove the kevlar thingy like they would if they were to use a screw.

Thanks for the kind words, I'll be sure to follow the Dr's instructions so that it heals as quickly as possible.
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Bummer. Sorry man. You're a good husband.
My Rx for healing bones quickly:

~Be an A+ therapy pupil and do EVERY exercise your therapist gives you, and ask them if you can do them X2
~Immediately stop drinking all caffeinated beverages, including coffee & soda
~Plenty of calcium, and even some bovine milk if you can stand it
~Eat 1/2 of a fresh (not canned) pineapple every single day
~Some kind of low-impact exercise every day that does not AT ALL use (or even potentially threaten to use) the broken area to encourage circulation.
Of course, please also check this advice with your doc.

By following this, I was able to get back on the bike and back into the surf only 4.5 weeks after breaking four bones in my left hand, with my bewildered doctor's grudging approval. (Bewildered because he couldn't believe how quickly the bones had knit and healed.)

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Sorry to hear about the ankle. Sounds like you have a postive attitude and that is going to go a long way for you during the rehab.
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As a former quad skater (both artistic and speed) , I will tell you that the speed skates you bought are crappy and never should have been sold to anyone who does not know how to skate. They are just as good as a pair from Gemco. You should have been in leather artistic boots that offer support and stability to your ankles. Try to get a refund or credit towards a pair that will work and keep you supported.
Yeah, for beginning skaters your primary concern is thus:

Ankle support. Ankle support. Ankle support.

Haven't skated in years but that's why I always preferred inline and hockey skates. Rigid ankle support.

Now you know.

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Surgery Follow-up, Now with X-rays!

Surgery went well. It was scheduled at 11am, but they were running a bit behind, so I didn't actually get in until 1pm. Apparently he was fast, 'cause I was in & out very quickly. I spent most of the time in the recovery room trying to wake up. Once home, I took another Norco & crashed for 4 hours to sleep off the anesthetic. I've since eaten dinner & am watching The Event on Hulu with the cat on my lap. Tomorrow we'll get a refill of the Norco & call for the followup appointment.


As you can see from the images, they had to set the ankle in the proper location, then thread the kevlar sutures into the joint. I go back to the Dr in a week or so to have them remove the splint and put the aircast on.
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That's amazing how he sort of sewed your foot bones back together with the kevlar.

Now you need to change your user title to "orthopedic emergency".
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Yikes! BTW, cycling is one of the best pt things you can do for an ankle. Maybe your wife won't feel like she's holding a cripple back...

Heal up quick.
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Yikes! BTW, cycling is one of the best pt things you can do for an ankle. Maybe your wife won't feel like she's holding a cripple back...

Heal up quick.
I've heard that cycling is one of the best activities for recovering from lots of different injuries.

I am pretty sure I'll have to change my riding style a little bit. I've always unclipped the right foot when stopping. I may switch to the left when I'm cleared to ride. Or I may not, I suppose it depends on how strong the ankle gets.
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