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I’m never telling someone to “Break a Leg!” again…

June 7, 2009

Well, as many of you know I broke my ankle during Bay 2 Ankle Breakers.  3 weeks, 3 casts and a stainless steel plate later I’m hopefully on the road to recovery. But first let’s recap the last three weeks…

4327_524346125738_173701266_31369892_1580422_nOur frolicking through Golden Gate Park was ended by my running up a grassy hill toward friends. I proceeded to slip my left ankle behind me, snapping the little guy  (what I later found out was that I had broken my fibula in 3 places andIMG_3068 shifted a piece of it to the right, possibly messing up the ligaments between the bones).

Luckily, I was surrounded by great friends that got an ambulance to the scene and held my hand through my bad jokes and tears. If you have hung out with me at all – you know that I LOVE my ankles – so I was most concerned about the little beauty retaining its slender shape.

Enter SF paramedics. Two lovely ladies, Deb and Laura, strapped me in and escorted Katie to the front of the ambulance so she could ride shotgun. Quickly they became our BFF4327_524346190608_173701266_31369902_2772653_n‘s and handed us Hello Kitty stickers and even found a cute little teddy bear for me. Our quick ride was made faster by their turning on of the lights and sirens (which were unnecessary apparently). When asked which hospital I wanted to go to – I only had one question – which one had the cuter doctors.

From there we were taken to UCSF Medical Center (the doctor’s were decent looking ;), where I was quickly assessed and set up with a crew of very attentive nurses and doctors. All of the staff were patient and put up with my ridiculous questions (i.e. how will the plate in my foot affect airport security, did they have pink casts, will my ankle return to its former beautiful self, was working there just like working on Grey’s Anatomy?). I was splinted, drugged and given crutches and instructions that, because I did such a bang up job, I would be having surgery.  IMG_3095

Luckily, my awesome friends didn’t stop at calling an ambulance. I’ve been fed, showered, driven, given chocolates and kept company these last few weeks. Also, my employer, SHIFT, has been SUPER about letting me work from home to keep this bad boy elevated. And even more lucky for me, my mom came up for a week to cook, clean, launder and care for my gimp ass. She was a life saver!

Surgery took place on June 1st, and while it went well (they didn’t have to put an extra screw in!), the break was worse than expected so I got a longer plate along the bone – yippie.  The Staff at St.Mary’s (where I had the surgery) was just as great as UCSF. I’m in love with my X-ray technician, Martin (he sang Billy Joel to me as I was going under), I have a McDreamy surgeon (seriously, I Googled him and his old town voted him homeIMG_3101town McDreamy), and had an oodle of nurses that kept me company and chatty. Chelsea can attest that I only wanted to punch one person in the throat, so all in all it was a great experience (stay away from the cast guy Gary!).

Now I’m hanging out on our awesome couch watching HGTV, bad Lifetime movies and hobbling around on crutches. Hopefully the entire summer won’t be shot and I can be up and running by mid/end of July (well not literally running, but you get the picture).

Thanks everyone for your well wishes and help throughout this obnoxious time in my life! Be sure to protect those ankles!!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2009 1:40 pm

    Glad to hear you’re well on the road to recovery. We’ve missed you in our corner and now Jen is in NYC – who am I going to have to talk shit with?!

    I once had to get a shot in my ass at UCSF by a HOT med student; I was mortified. St. Mary’s was the best ER experience I’ve ever had so I’m glad to hear you’re getting top-notch treatment there as well. I recommend it to all my pals in need.

  2. Katie K permalink
    June 7, 2009 2:50 pm

    Glad you are doing better! And thank god for great friends and moms coming to the rescue! 🙂

  3. Susan permalink
    June 7, 2009 4:21 pm

    I saw pictures, and had to come to the blog for the full story.I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle~! I’m a chronicle ankle-injurer … always breaking, tearing, spraining, etc – so I feel your pain! I’ve been there (minus the plate)! As a fellow ankle breaker, my heart-to-heart advice to you is to PLEASE PLEASE follow through (all the way through) with the therapy once you’re learning to walk again. It’s so frustrating and hard to deal with, but it’s so important. I didn’t complete my last round of therapy and 3 years after that injury, my ankle is still showing signs of the break and associated issues. So, be a good girl and get that skinny little ankle back into working condition (o; here’s hoping for a McDreamy physical therapist!

  4. June 7, 2009 7:20 pm

    CW – OMG I was literally howling with laughter as I read this post. Get your gimpy ass into SHIFT!

    Glad to hear things are going much better. I was so worried about you and I have really missed having you back in our corner. See you soon, woman.

  5. Momma W permalink
    June 7, 2009 8:25 pm

    Gave birth to your Gimp( you where facing the wrong way then too!) Ass & happy to to take care of it!!!! Love & miss you my Baby!

    xoxo Momma

    PS…watch the stairs!!!

  6. cwellhouser permalink*
    June 8, 2009 12:06 pm

    thanks for the tips!

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