First things first. I'm Mary, and I'm a really fascinating person, which is probably why you've chosen to read this blog. Second, I've got a pretty sarcastic sense of humor. Have you noticed? I decided to start this blog as a way to share my story of getting injured, finding the right kind of help, and the ongoing recovery from a pretty serious ankle injury. I'm sure I'll spice up my blog with all kinds of other stuff, but it's my blog and I'll do whatever I want. And you'll like it. I'll be sharing my story in bits and pieces, including pictures whenever I see fit. Here's the beginning for you:
January 13, 2009.
I had just finished up a fairly uneventful workout on the elliptical. I had "sprained my ankle" (BTW, the quotes indicate foreshadowing) about 3 weeks earlier and had taken that time to visit my family for the holidays and recover. I never saw a doctor, because, let's be honest with each other. Who sees a doctor for a sprained ankle? Anyway, after I wiped off my machine, I headed back to the locker room. As I was walking past the leg extension machine, I heard the noise. Something in my ankle SNAPPED. I stopped dead in my tracks. There are some noises that just can't be good. I managed to get to the locker room, gather my things, drive myself home and get up the stairs to my bedroom before I was unable to walk anymore. I weighed the options of going to the ER that night or waiting til morning and going to convenient care. I'm pretty cheap, and I figured whatever was broken would still be broken in the morning, so I waited. The next day I walked into the clinic, explained the situation, and the doctor diagnosed me with a sprained ankle. I remember telling him "But I heard it snap!" He did another test, and I asked him "Don't you think my left ankle feels looser than my right ankle??". And he said no. The x-rays he ordered showed no breaks, and he sent me on my way with instructions for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. And that, folks, is the first chapter of my 14 month (at press time) journey to walk without pain again.