A few weeks ago, I said something like the holiday season is my busiest time of the year, remember? Well, that came to a screeching freaking halt yesterday.
I got called out on a jump start and went to step up onto the curb next to the car to get to the battery box. Only, I kind of rolled off the curb, my right ankle bent underneath my leg at about a 100° angle, and I went down like a stone. I actually heard the snap over my trucks engine and the sound of traffic. I struggled to finish the lady’s jump start, and then drove to the ER.
X-Rays came back as a fractured ankle and probable ligament tear. They can’t tell yet 100% about the ligament, since A) the swelling was horrendous and B) I guess ligaments don’t show up real well on an X-Ray anyway.
If the ligament is torn, that’s going to need surgery, the doctor told me. Best case, it’s not a major tear and I can go back to work in 6-8 weeks. Worst case, 3-4 months, if I’m lucky, perhaps closer to 5-6 months.
The worst part of it is, I had on really nice pair of Bates police boots, the kind with ankle support. I shudder to think how bad it would have been if I’d had non-supportive boots on -_-
So, I hope everyone else has a better holiday that it looks like I’m gonna have lol. Stay safe people, stay safe!
Thanks…I know I’m already going stir-crazy sitting around the house all day. And while yes, I did finally beat Lost Odyssey (great game, if you’re into Square/Enix style RPGs), I’d rather be towing cars, making money and helping people. Sucks just sitting around.
I will admit, though, that it’s nice having my girl act as though a broken ankle is the worst injury ever. She acts like I’m paraplegic or something. She’s done everything for me since Thursday, shy of wiping my rear for me lol. I know, I know, there’s going to have to be reciprocation for her doing all of it….but I’m loving it. I even have one of those little bells to ring whenever I need something.
Just got my MRI back today…and it’s confirmed. Torn ligament in my right ankle. I’m scheduled for surgery on Monday, January 5, and will be off my feet for approximately 3-4 months following surgery, and according to my doc, it might be a YEAR before it’s back to 100%, though I’ll probably be back to work by June or so 2009.
I am so scared…I’ve never had surgery before, and I have no idea of what it’s going to be like. Any advice from surgical veterans out there, on what I should do to prepare myself?
I’ve had a work related injury, and it’s no fun. Try cutting yourself on a meat-slicer that you are trying to clean and are not that familiar with. The blood was literally squirting out of me like a squirt-gun.
That was when the head chef looked at me, and our eyes were as wide as flying saucers- said, “You’re going to the hospital.” As for me, I wanted to just finish my job and then go to the bar rather than the ER. I HATE hospitals.
The owner of where I work came out and took me to the hospital, and I was just glad to be OK. Had to have some gelfoam put on my finger cause of the fact the wound was too deep for stitches. I lost a week of work, and half of my tax refund because of that.
I’ve had surgeries Katherine, and they are no fun. I hated each one I had and they do take care of you. Just tell your doc that you are scared. I did.
I sort of work for a company. Basically, I’m a contractor. I only contract to one company though. I own my truck but I go where they tell me to go.
Luckily, the boss is covering my medical, including PT when that comes up next year (I had PT on my shoulder in high school…so I know how much it sucks >.<). Unluckily, I don’t get paid unless I’m on the road.
I had to use my money for bills and groceries while I was without work, and I only lost a week of work, so I was not eligible for worker’s comp. However, my medical bills were paid for by the boss and BWC.