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.