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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:31 PM

Yesterday, not 3 hours after i officially finished school, after all the hardwork during the year and exam period, i manage to cleanly break 3 bones in my right foot. Right now, I am supposed to be on a plane to Hamilton Island for our 1 week holiday there. Gonna go into hospital sometime today, but I know I will need plaster on it for about 6 weeks and might need to put pins in there somewhere. This means no Hamilton Island, no more learning to drive, no swimming, no rowing training/camp, and one massive f*cking inconvenience for the 7 or 8 weeks I have off before I start year 11 and VCE.

Anybody got any tips/comments about anything, using crutches, ect, or any sh*t stories of their own to tell of this nature?

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:34 PM

Just take some painkillers for the next 2 months and forget about it. Who cares if the bones grow back crooked. You'll still have fun over the holidays and you'll develop an entertaining addiction. It's a win-win situation. colgate.gif

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:36 PM

that just sucks man, now i could whine about similar stuff that has happend me but, dam that sucks!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:38 PM

Wow, that sucks. I have always thought of a broken foot as something you just ignored though.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:46 PM

QUOTE (Im Rick James B**ch! @ Dec 7 2007, 21:38)
Wow, that sucks. I have always thought of a broken foot as something you just ignored though.

Nah, not when you cant walk on it sad.gif

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:49 PM

Or how it hurts inconceivably bad? rolleyes.gif

Well, my advice is to eh, kick back (Not really) and relax for the week.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:07 AM

Dope yourself up to the eyeballs and take up painting. Then, when the holidays are over, scan your drug-addled nightmares for us all to see.

Actually... I might dope myself up and take up painting. That sounds like fun.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:45 AM

I broke my left ankle a couple days before Christmas about 7 years ago. It was so lame; especially cuz the doctors said I just sprained it, but that clearly wasn't the case since it hurt for far longer than they said it should and I still have a gnarly lump on it. I think it was technically a fracture.

Anyway, that sucks man. Vicodin FTW.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:21 AM

I broke my ankle my Freshman year, cast up my calf, and crutches...In December. Crutches on ice is not fun. I don't know how far up they'll cast your leg, but I'd suggest getting a wire coat hanger and bending it into a straight line, but leave the hook on the end, and wrap the hook in electrical wire. This'll be your best friend for every itch you get, and you'll get many.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:46 AM Edited by HolyGrenadeFrenzy, 08 December 2007 - 02:51 AM.

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 7 2007, 16:46)
QUOTE (Im Rick James B**ch! @ Dec 7 2007, 21:38)
Wow, that sucks. I have always thought of a broken foot as something you just ignored though.

Nah, not when you cant walk on it sad.gif

It kind of depends on the treatment yet if they eventually put you in a removalble walking cast to restore muscle developement that helps to rebuild the muscles you are going to loose. You will also want to do all the physical threarapy that you are given if you want to get back to full function which I am sure you do. Sometimes it will be a drag but it works and without it your rebuilding of those is more difficult.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:43 AM

Painkillers + Weed + Gaming = One hell of a holiday. Don't worry, you'll survive. wink.gif

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:53 AM

I say cut it off. You can always grow a new foot.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 06:17 AM

QUOTE (lurchseesu420 @ Dec 8 2007, 00:53)
I say cut it off. You can always grow a new foot.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 06:35 AM

QUOTE (HolyGrenadeFrenzy @ Dec 8 2007, 02:17)
QUOTE (lurchseesu420 @ Dec 8 2007, 00:53)
I say cut it off. You can always grow a new foot.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 06:50 AM

Spent 5 hours at hospital today, before they told me it was too swollen to operate on. They told me I would have to go back in about 2 weeks so they can then operate. They put a cast on anyway.
The usual 'cast on' period for broken bones is about 6 weeks, does anybody know whether this starts counting down now, or after the operation?

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 07:49 AM

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 8 2007, 02:50)
The usual 'cast on' period for broken bones is about 6 weeks, does anybody know whether this starts counting down now, or after the operation?

Cast is there so that the bones can set. If they operate, they'll break up any place where bones started growing back together, because that's the only way to make sure that they set straight. So the cast period definitely starts from after the operation. So you are already looking at 8 weeks minimum, and perhaps longer. You do seem to have broken it worse than most people do, so you'll probably need more time for your bones to set as well.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:48 AM

man that sucks breaking your foot just before holidays

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:10 AM

Use a wheelchair and have a hot chick push you around in it, crutches make your arms hurt and basicly make you look stupid.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:23 AM

QUOTE (demonking @ Dec 8 2007, 05:48)
man that sucks breaking your foot just before holidays

Two years ago Novermber 1st was the worst break I have ever had in my leg. Ankle bone split through the back and down the sides and across the bottom, a thirteen and a half inch break. They said I may never walk again. Hah.

I had all the holidays and a birthday before I was up and around enough to be considered mended.

It took three months in a cast and three more in a removable walking cast and another three months physical thearapy which surprised them that I was up to par so soon.

When it broke the paramedics thought it was sprained even though I told them it was broke and they suggested I go to the doctor the next day.

Using a relocation method for dislocation realignment I had reset it myself and the Foot Speicalist the next morning was glad to see it in the position it was even though it was in two peices. We had to use a bone stimulator to get it right and during the time it was healing for the first three months I had permission to bring my foot down to the floor for two reasons, to defecate and to eat a meal, other than those reasons I was to keep it up.

I played lots of GTA SA during that time and a few other games as well. I was very surprised how little was on satellite even with movie channels. Your upper body does get stronger though.

What is the diagnosis exactly? I mean more specifically than three broken bones in your foot.

What you are really going to miss is a proper bath and or shower.....I am not at all kidding. Hopefully you will eventually get a shower sleeve or what ever they call them where you are. It is basically like a Giant Plastic Sock with velcro tightening bands that sinch it up to prevent water from getting in while you shower.......Doctor's order only is my statement here and not until he/she says it's ok.....And read the instructions carefully and have someone check it the first couple times or you have to get a new cast and deal with an angry doctor. blush.gif

I hope it heals well for you.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:43 AM

^Wow, makes the 8 weeks seem not so bad after all, even if it is during summer holidays.
Im hoping upper body does get strong...I cant do any leg training, which means rowing is gonna have to be postponed for a while, but I plan to do upper body weights training, aswell as hopefully getting strength just from using crutches ect.

Not exactlty sure of the diagnosis yet; been way to much pissing around, and haven't yet seen an orthapedic specialist, so all I know is that they are pretty serious breaks.

I will need to get one of those shower bag things for the cast, but it will still be awkward as hell trying to shower; I'm not going to do it standing up for a while, as to limit risk of slipping over and damaging it further. And I can imagine when I finally get it off, going to be a very awkward tan line...
Anyway thanks for your imput; I've seen some of your other posts, you seem like a really chill guy.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:51 AM

Oh, for sure. It is going to be akward for awhile and then when you get used to it you will get to feel akward as you relearn how to walk again.

I think you may be laid up for longer than you think. But it will be ok. Recovery from injury is one of the places where your humanity can shine through and really give you a chance to challenge what you are made of.

You can do it. If someone casts doubt....make em eat it by seeing you succeed and smile a friendly smile while doing it. Being kind in the face of adversity is totally liberating.

Believe it or not those that have to "eat it" so to speak will be glad they did and usually they will be added to your cheering section.

Amazing what a tragic situation can turn to if you are willing to go there and push when needed and rest when needed.

Let us know will you please?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 03:12 AM

So, what the Hell did you do to your foot man? You a skater? I used to do freestyle BMX, and I bombed a jump at a skatepark in Pittsburg. Long story short, I ended up with my left knee dislocated, my right ACL torn (that's a ligament in your knee) my right shin cracked, and my right ankle shattered. Most of my right leg from the knee down is metal now. It took like a year to heal everything up. Worst year ever!

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 04:17 AM

QUOTE (Jimmy Tango @ Dec 8 2007, 23:12)
So, what the Hell did you do to your foot man? You a skater? I used to do freestyle BMX, and I bombed a jump at a skatepark in Pittsburg. Long story short, I ended up with my left knee dislocated, my right ACL torn (that's a ligament in your knee) my right shin cracked, and my right ankle shattered. Most of my right leg from the knee down is metal now. It took like a year to heal everything up. Worst year ever!

Do you set metal detectors off?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 05:39 AM

QUOTE (lurchseesu420 @ Dec 9 2007, 04:17)
QUOTE (Jimmy Tango @ Dec 8 2007, 23:12)
So, what the Hell did you do to your foot man? You a skater? I used to do freestyle BMX, and I bombed a jump at a skatepark in Pittsburg. Long story short, I ended up with my left knee dislocated, my right ACL torn (that's a ligament in your knee) my right shin cracked, and my right ankle shattered. Most of my right leg from the knee down is metal now. It took like a year to heal everything up. Worst year ever!

Do you set metal detectors off?

I think the metal they use is either titanium or stainless steel, which aparently dont set off metal detectors.

What I did was pretty stupid; I climbed up a totem pole (dont know how else to describe what it was) and instead of going the longer way of climbing down, I jumped down. Was pretty high, didn't have shoes and landed like a massive unco.

Once the operation is done, does anybody know if the cast will still be put on for 6 weeks? Or is it possible it may be taken off earlier/put on fibreglass instead/any other alternative? Or am I getting my hopes up?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 05:45 AM

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 9 2007, 00:39)
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QUOTE (Jimmy Tango @ Dec 8 2007, 23:12)
So, what the Hell did you do to your foot man? You a skater? I used to do freestyle BMX, and I bombed a jump at a skatepark in Pittsburg. Long story short, I ended up with my left knee dislocated, my right ACL torn (that's a ligament in your knee) my right shin cracked, and my right ankle shattered. Most of my right leg from the knee down is metal now. It took like a year to heal everything up. Worst year ever!

Do you set metal detectors off?

I think the metal they use is either titanium or stainless steel, which aparently dont set off metal detectors.

What I did was pretty stupid; I climbed up a totem pole (dont know how else to describe what it was) and instead of going the longer way of climbing down, I jumped down. Was pretty high, didn't have shoes and landed like a massive unco.

Once the operation is done, does anybody know if the cast will still be put on for 6 weeks? Or is it possible it may be taken off earlier/put on fibreglass instead/any other alternative? Or am I getting my hopes up?

It would assist if we knew more about the diagnosis.

What is the operation for? Which bones does this involve? You can use the proper names if you like. Does this involve a tendon or are they still connected?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:00 AM

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 9 2007, 01:39)
QUOTE (lurchseesu420 @ Dec 9 2007, 04:17)
QUOTE (Jimmy Tango @ Dec 8 2007, 23:12)
So, what the Hell did you do to your foot man? You a skater? I used to do freestyle BMX, and I bombed a jump at a skatepark in Pittsburg. Long story short, I ended up with my left knee dislocated, my right ACL torn (that's a ligament in your knee) my right shin cracked, and my right ankle shattered. Most of my right leg from the knee down is metal now. It took like a year to heal everything up. Worst year ever!

Do you set metal detectors off?

I think the metal they use is either titanium or stainless steel, which aparently dont set off metal detectors.

What I did was pretty stupid; I climbed up a totem pole (dont know how else to describe what it was) and instead of going the longer way of climbing down, I jumped down. Was pretty high, didn't have shoes and landed like a massive unco.

Once the operation is done, does anybody know if the cast will still be put on for 6 weeks? Or is it possible it may be taken off earlier/put on fibreglass instead/any other alternative? Or am I getting my hopes up?

The last time I had a foot injury. I hopped on 1 leg until it was better. Finally I slipped on a piece of paper on the floor and busted my chin open. I still wouldn't have done it any differently. And I would recommend that you do the same. Hopping is SO underated.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:59 AM

The bones broken are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Metatarsals, the worst broken being the 4th, then the 3rd, then the 2nd. I have not seen an orthapedic specialist so not sure of the diagnosis, and all the doctors I have seen are quite vague. All I know is that they 2nd 3rd and 4th Metatarsals are broken, at least 1 needs to be pinned (at this stage) as it has 'fallen' and could cause walking difficulties if not correctly joined. Will go back in a week or two so they can establish whether they should operate or not; they cannot now as there is too much swelling. I wish they could have told me more but this is all I know.

I have an X-ray, so I might take a photo of that and post it up here sometime soon.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:06 AM

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 9 2007, 01:59)
The bones broken are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Metatarsals, the worst broken being the 4th, then the 3rd, then the 2nd. I have not seen an orthapedic specialist so not sure of the diagnosis, and all the doctors I have seen are quite vague. All I know is that they 2nd 3rd and 4th Metatarsals are broken, at least 1 needs to be pinned (at this stage) as it has 'fallen' and could cause walking difficulties if not correctly joined. Will go back in a week or two so they can establish whether they should operate or not; they cannot now as there is too much swelling. I wish they could have told me more but this is all I know.

I have an X-ray, so I might take a photo of that and post it up here sometime soon.

Man, that is the middle of your foot. How far up are the breaks? Closer to the toes or closer to the ankle? Or do you know yet?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:47 AM

Yep, smack bang in the middle. What is worse, the breaks are also much closer to the toes, they are just under the joint. I have a few xray pics, a broad but unclear one and a closer view.
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:52 AM

QUOTE (chillwinston8717 @ Dec 9 2007, 03:47)
Yep, smack bang in the middle. What is worse, the breaks are also much closer to the toes, they are just under the joint. I have a few xray pics, a broad but unclear one and a closer view.
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That hurts me just to look at it....not kidding the ankle I spoke of earlier throbs when I look at your X-ray. mercie_blink.gif I had no idea that it bothered me so much.

I hope it works out and I know that hurt like hell and I feel your pain. xD




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