Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm Broken.....

....I'm sure in more ways than what I really mean here.

Ten days ago after leaving Mass, I fell.  [Actual, I fell on our driveway before Mass too.] 

One of our kids was sick and we had a terrible snow storm going on it was really coming down.  I do not drive in anything but cleared down to the pavement roads, unless I absolutely have to.  I'd have to be caught somewhere and have to get home.  But to go out in a snow storm?  No.  So the decision was made that I would go to Mass alone [this can be so nice, but I've come to feel so guilty not bringing my kids, we rarely ever do it].

I made it to two block away church [versus our 15 minute away school church], where I enjoyed hearing the visiting priest and visited with neighbors on the way out.  This is the point where it went very wrong.  I had my camera with me and decided to take pictures of the beautiful snow capped trees, streets, houses, etc.  I was going to walk home instead of calling my husband to come and get me as I was asked.

I almost fell ten steps from the door.  This is where I said be careful, be careful.  I got down the first steps and fell.  This time I fell forward on my knee and my hands as I turned to watch my right leg land sideways on the concrete, ankle side up.

I sat as is for a few minutes, cried, then had to figure out what I was going to do.  I knew it was sprained pretty bad.  I reached in my jacket to call MacGyver to come and get me.  I hobbled to the corner, which was really dumb, like falling again was beneath me at this point?  Then my neighbor drove past about 50 ft when her husband put it in reverse.  She's the grandmother to a boy a year older than my six year old.  Looking at my soaked knees she asked if I wanted a fell and did I want a ride home?  More tears again and I said my husband was coming to get me.

I spent the rest of the day on the couch, thinking it was a sprain.  I had a little voice telling me to go to the doctor just in case.  My sister and I were planning a marathon in May and I didn't want to take chance of walking on a broken bone.  Even though I thought it was pretty silly, it would just be sprained.

The next day I knew I couldn't drive so McGuyver brought the kids to school and then after pre-school pick up we all went to the doctor.  We were there way too long.  Finally the doctor came in to show me this:

The doctor said it was broke in two places.  I would need a cast in three days for four weeks.  Four more weeks in boot.  On the upside?  There is an upside, there always is.  The bone did not move into the spaces between the bones.  That would require surgery.  So I am thankful it isn't worse and hopefully won't be.

We decided to go to an orthopedic on Thursday.  I was x-rayed again and then casted.  All still looked good.  [I was pretty nervous and very careful not to put any weight on my leg, even with going to my kid's Christmas program.]  I do not want surgery.  This doctor said two weeks cast, then re-x-ray, re-cast, non weight bearing.  Repeat in another two weeks.  Then boot for two weeks, non weight bearing.  Then last two week in the boot walking.  Hopefully this all goes as smooth as this.
The break is actually called a candy cane [I had already picked out the cast] fracture of the right fibula.  Or a spiral fracture as it wraps around the bone unlike being broken in two places.

Right now, I'm just excited to get the new cast next Thursday [swelling has gone down and this has gotten clunky and hurts].

For now, we'll enjoy looking at this, for the season:

My friend Kris sent me this poem when she saw my cast:

Christmas Candy Cane Poem about Jesus

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
... And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!


  1. Awww, Tina, you poor thing! But I do love the cast :)

    1. I went with it knowing that a few days after Christmas at least on of the candy canes could be over. :)

  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your fall, and have said a prayer for your swift healing. The candy cane is great! But I know how aggravating casts and breaks can really be (I have been a "fallen woman" several times myself.. :)), so hope it has a very short season!

    1. Thank you for prayer Nancy! It seems like half the battle is the cast itself....maybe more than half. :)

  3. Oh, no!! I hope it heals fine! The cast is cute . . .

    1. I hope so too just doesn't seem even close to lacing up running shoes! ;)

  4. Prayers coming your way!!

    I broke my leg 3 1/2 years ago, falling getting gas!! Our breaks are similar, only I was pregnant (and had 4 littles) Here's my story:

    Love the candy cane cast! I got a bright pink one!
    God wants you to slow down!

    1. Wow Jamie,

      You know exactly how this goes. I feel for you after that fact....pregnant with four!

      Heading over to read your story! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Here's my pink cast:

    Wish we lived closer, I'd come help!! I hope you have lots of help?

    1. We've had some awesome friends bring meals and things to make life easier. As you know, those meals are a God send!


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