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How Fracturing a Bone Changed My Life

My trials and tribulations regarding fracturing my leg bone.

Air Cast

Air Cast

Fracturing my Fibula Bone

Back on October 6th, I fell down my basement stairs. The result was a spiral fracture to the fibula bone close to the ankle. I never imagined how much doing something like this could change my life.

Fiberglass Cast

Fiberglass Cast

A Bit of Background

When I first went to the hospital, they put on an air cast, as shown in the picture above. I was told to go to the fracture clinic five days after putting the air cast on. They told me in the emergency department that the only time that I could remove the air cast was while taking a shower.

When I went to the fracture clinic, the doctor that I saw there recommended a fiberglass cast for the following five weeks. He asked me, “You haven’t taken the air cast off at any time, have you?”

I then told him that yes, I’d taken it off to have a shower and then put it back on again. He then proceeded to tell me that I should not have done this, and I explained how the nurses in the emergency department had told me I could. Anyway, the air cast came off, and the fiberglass cast went on.

The fibula is the thinner bone of the two.

The fibula is the thinner bone of the two.

10 Ways This Injury Changed My Life

  1. Putting on my winter boots is quite challenging as my foot, ankle and leg are still quite swollen.
  2. Housework takes me three times longer to complete than it used to. You should see the state my house is in!
  3. Stairs are fun. But I’ve graduated from bumming it down to walking down with the help of my new best friend, the cane. The stairs stayed cleaner, though, when I was going down them via my butt.
  4. The only shoes that will fit on my one foot are my Birkenstock sandals, without socks.
  5. I went on a diet last year and lost 20 pounds. Because I have become less active, I’ve put most of the weight back on. Thank goodness I still have Slim Fast left.
  6. Before this happened, if my dogs were outside, I had no fear of retrieving them if they would not come into the house. Now I just pray that they’ll obey me. They are pretty good but then are those times when they just want to bark at the world. I do a lot of knocking on the window when this happens.
  7. If there is not a phone close by, there is no point in trying to hobble to find it to answer it, as it will usually quit ringing by the time I get to it. Thank goodness for answering machines.
  8. Cooking dinner takes a bit longer these days, and we seem to eat at late hours now, even though I have all day to prepare a meal.
  9. Hearing “you’re slow” from my husband is really annoying even though it’s the truth.
  10. Putting socks on some days can be a bit painful, so I am usually barefoot now.

Good Things That Came Out of the Injury

  1. I’ve had so much support from my husband and my sons. Thank you, family!
  2. I’ve not had to go into the basement to do laundry for three months now. Sadly, I’m sure this will change shortly.
  3. For the first two months, I didn’t have to do any grocery shopping. I have started going with my husband now, though.
  4. My husband has become an excellent bargain hunter regarding food shopping. He never went food shopping before I hurt myself.
  5. I found out what a good cook my husband is, except I gained weight from his cooking.
  6. I’ve been able to spend more time on the computer.
  7. Family members do way more around the house now than what they ever did before.
  8. All I have to do is ask for the garbage to be taken out, and poof, it’s gone.
  9. I’m not asked to shovel the driveway.
  10. I hate winter, so being inside has not bothered me at all this year.

From Fiberglass Cast to Crutches to a Cane

I got the fiberglass cast off at the beginning of November. I used crutches for a few weeks, then graduated to a cane. I now only use the can when absolutely necessary. I think I am doing all right except for the excessive swelling. A good friend of mine ordered me to go see my doctor a few weeks back. I finally made the appointment and will be going this Tuesday. I was a bit surprised that physiotherapy was not recommended, but it could be due to the backup they have at our hospital. Who knows?

I do hope by the spring that I'll be able to run in a marathon, not that I've ever run in a marathon before, but stranger things have happened.

Post-Surgery Appointment

I went and had X-rays taken after my doctors appointment, and apparently, my bone is not healing properly. I have an appointment with a surgeon to determine where to go from here.

Diagnosis RSD aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

I've had two appointments with the surgeon. After seeing me the first time he sent me for a cat scan, blood work, and an ultrasound that same day. When he looked at my leg and ankle and saw how red and swollen it was he thought that perhaps I had an infection. He prescribed antibiotics for a week. From the ultrasound, he discovered that I had two blood clots in the bottom of the injured leg. Because of where they are in the bottom of the leg he is not too concerned about them but will keep an eye on them with further ultrasounds. The cat scan showed what I already knew about the bone not healing properly. I also had a bone scan done. He felt that I should be wearing ankle support and be applying ice to the area. I went and purchased ankle support lace-up boot along with an ice pack similar to what you see here on Amazon.

The antibiotics did not work at all in bringing down the swelling. From all the testing that I've had done, his diagnosis is that I have RDS or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy AKA Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He told me that the blood is flowing in my leg too fast, therefore, washing away the calcium buildup needed to properly heal the bone.


I've been recommended to go for physiotherapy, which I will start on March 12th. The surgeon hopes that the bone will heal and that the physio will help with the RSD. So, for now, I suppose only time will tell. I have another follow appointment, x-ray and ultrasound to go to in April.

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Good news: The bone is healing. The RSD is still present but the swelling has gone down with the help of physiotherapy twice a week. The physiotherapist feels that through acupuncture, which is done twice a week, and daily exercises the ankle and leg should be almost back to normal. He is not sure how long this will take but is pleased with the results so far. Follow up the appointment with my surgeon to check on the bone is in June.

One Year After Fracturing My Bone

It has been exactly one year, and I am back to walking with only a slight limp. For the most part, I'm pretty sure that the RSD has disappeared. I feel that the acupuncture and physio helped immensely There is still a bit of swelling but nothing that I can't handle. I have an appointment with my surgeon this month and I'm hoping that when I have another x-ray it will show that the bone has completely healed.

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Have You Ever Fractured a Bone and Has it Changed Your Life?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2014:

Always so nice to see you Ghaelach, and thanks for checking in on me. Take care.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2014:

More tests needed ..... Please let me know where that goes.

This was the first vacation that Al and I have had in 15 years and was way overdue. I only hope that we don't wait that long to go again.

Sad that none of us are getting any younger. I sometimes wonder if the trauma of breaking my leg caused the cancer to re appear in my neck and lungs. Just a thought ....

Have a great time in Chicago I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself. Weddings are so much fun.

Ghaelach on September 17, 2014:

Good morning Susan.

I can't really believe it is two years since I first read and wrote a comment about your bone problem.In the mean time this is my forth comment. I'm very glad that it's coming to an end for you even if it has left you with a slight limp. It's been a long two years for you with lots of ups and downs but when you have the full support of your family behind you it makes live more bearable. It's been a long journey for you and I hope this is your last update and my last comment at least on this hub.

Take it easy and have a nice day.


Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 17, 2014:

Sorry to hear that, Susan. I believe it is probably a combination of the chemo and the rsd. I have been led to believe that any trauma can affest it, anytime and chemo, certainly qualifies as a trauma. I have been fortunate that mine stays mainly localized in the one foot. It is still redder and veinier than the other and 2 toes often become inverted. Strange condition, huh?

I had surgery in January for my Crohns. It made me realize that I am not getting younger, so I better check it all out. Had my DXA, Mammogram and going for my pap smear. So far, the results have not been stellar. I'm going to need further tests. :(

Your vacation looked amazing. I am a little jealous. My big trip for the year will be to my neice's wedding in Chicago. Actually, I am pretty excited to go!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2014:

Randi, I was doing okay but as soon as the hot weather hits I start swelling really bad. Since starting chemo though now both legs and ankles swell when it is hot. Today however it was much cooler and after wearing my compression stocking all day both legs are swelling. I tend to think it is the chemo causing the swelling rather than the RSD. Not sure if this makes sense though.

How are you doing with everything?

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 16, 2014:

Even though I first found you through your RSD hub, I never saw this one before. Such a similar story! I did write some blogs about mine but on my website and tumblr not on hubpages. In fact, it was because I couldn't move around that I decided to start writing here! How has your RSD been?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 12, 2014:

Vito, All seems to be fine right now except that the ankle does still swell quite frequently. Thank you for your opinion and yes I agree that this entire thing was handled in the wrong way.

Vito U on March 11, 2014:

I just had same, exact fracture from falling on ice. You have a big malpractice lawsuit. You should have been immediately set up for surgery. You ankle wasn't healing and staying filled with fluid. I don't know how you put it down. I am so sorry for your experience. U can fly to NY and see my orthopedist. The surgery is about an hour and it's a tough and rough recovery for the first week or 2it's a little easier afterwards. You can definitely claim a lawsuit malpractice against the hospital for putting an air cast on you and sending you home and against your doctor for taking the air cast off and putting us up from cast on it without recommending surgery. Any doctor who knows what they're doing know the spiral fracture is immediate surgery

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 24, 2013:

LongTimeMother, Ouch! So sorry to hear about your husband.

No I didn't end up needing to have surgery. I was diagnosed with RSD, and went for P.T., along with acupuncture.

Wishing your husband a fast and speedy recovery.

LongTimeMother from Australia on May 23, 2013:

Hi Susan. I quoted you yesterday when my husband asked me to take the boot from his freshly broken ankle so he could shower. The nurse had told us it would be okay, but I insisted that based on your experience it would be safer to just bag the whole boot, and sit him with his leg projecting out through the open shower screen. The hospital had arranged for us to bring home a 'sliding' seat that allows him to sit down outside the shower, then slide back through the door with his leg still up.

Today we went to the local GP to have his dressing changed. It was the first time we saw his leg after the surgery. Yuck. I took photos to include in another hub just in case anyone is interested, but can't bring myself to look at them just yet.

I can now report with confidence that Mobicosa works really well on broken ankle swelling. I've published the accident and hospital part of the journey and am about to start on the 'at home' part. The big challenge that lies ahead is to try to help his multiple fractures repair effectively. I'm thinking comfrey ... hmmm.

Did you end up having surgery on your ankle, Susan? I don't know quite what to expect from the plate and the screws and the wire they've used to try and get him back on his feet.

When I read your hub about your ankle problems just a few weeks ago, I had no idea we were heading for our own ankle drama. Geeez, life can be strange. :)

Steve Anselmo from Thunder Bay on April 19, 2013:

Sorry. We just got a ton. Check us out!

It's nuts here. Visibility sucks, there's at least 15cm on the ground AND ice underneath. Not to mention the wind gusts up to 70km/h! Yet people are still driving like it's summer.

Either way I hope you don't get the weather we've got here. It's terrible.

Stay warm! (and Excellent!)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 18, 2013:

Anselome, Snow shhh, that's a bad word at this time of year :) We thought we'd seen the end of the snow then got more plus a lot of ice. I still have tiny little piles of snow in my yard but I did get outside and raked yesterday. Seems to be warming up finally this week.

Steve Anselmo from Thunder Bay on April 16, 2013:

I'm going to take a gander at your rant I'm sure it will be right on the money!

It's a shame to hear about your husband getting bad advice, you'd think in health care because it could be life or death, that more doctors would take it seriously.

You're in Orillia? That's but a stone's throw away! Did you get the snowstorm too?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 16, 2013:

Anselome, Nice to meet you. I wrote a hub called Canadian Health Care rant that you may like :) That's pretty scary about your brother. My husband has gotten some pretty bad advice from our family doctor in the past. We'd love to change doctors but unfortunately there's a shortage of them here in Orillia.

I don't think my leg and ankle will ever be totally back to normal as the ankle still swells. I'm sure it is from the RSD, but it is so much better than it was. Thank you so much for your well wishes.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 15, 2013:

Thanks, Susan. I have provided a link to the official site where the gel can be ordered. They'll no doubt have distribution in place internationally.

I am not familiar with the other gel you mentioned. I do know, however, that there is a difference between hot pressed and cold pressed Green Lipped Mussels, and the qualities associated with mussels from different waters around New Zealand.

Mobicosa is the only one I can say with confidence actually works. Any other brand would involve a greater element of luck, I fear. Any online distributor of Mobicosa should be able to help.

Thanks again for your encouragement. I'm about to take my first look at the hub since publishing it. :)

Steve Anselmo from Thunder Bay on April 15, 2013:

Susan, as a fellow Canadian I share your dislike for our health care system, the wait times are ridiculous and sometimes you get the wrong information (which shouldn't happen because health could involve a life or death situation. My youngest brother almost died a long time ago because of bad advice from a doctor).

All that aside, limited mobility (even if temporary) definitely can have a large impact on your life. I am glad to hear that you are almost back to where you were before all of this happened (you may be there by now and if so that's awesome), but if you are still on your way I wish you all the best and hope you get there soon.

Stay Excellent!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

Long Time Mother, I think the hub is great and you're more than welcome :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

Long Time Mother, You may want to have a look on EBay for the gel. I did go and have a look for you and found a similar product called

Musselflex Green Lipped Mussel Extract Gel

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

R Talloni, Thanks for reading and for your comments.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

I just read your hub. Wow you're fast :) I left a comment but I will leave another one after I've tried the Mobicosa.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 15, 2013:

lol. I wasn't expecting to be still sitting at the computer at 5am local time, but I've published the hub. I will add better pictures during daylight. Thanks for prodding me into action, Susan. :)

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 15, 2013:

Hi Susan. The hub is underway and I have provided a direct video link to the story on youtube, but I could only find the capsules on amazon. Did you spot the gel?

I am thinking I'll have to provide a link back to their main site if amazon doesn't sell the gel. Is that what you would do? (Sorry to be asking your advice, but I'm not normally a review kind of hubber.)

RTalloni on April 15, 2013:

What an ordeal. So interesting to read the progress and comments for one never knows when info will be helpful. Looking for that Mobicosa hub… Thanks for sharing useful info!

I'm in a different sort of therapy program and considering how best to approach a hub about it. Thanks, too, for insight on that.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 15, 2013:

Okay, I'll do that. I'm very grateful to the woman who introduced me to it, and I've spread the word to people in my life. I have photos of my daughter's face before and after but I'm not happy about putting them in a hub. I might have photos of my fingers when they were swollen from arthritis, but that was years ago and I don't know where to look.

I guess people will just have to take my word for it being helpful. I'll write about how we've used it in the past, amounts etc. Would you please add your experience as a comment once you've tried it? I'm expecting a positive result ... but I'm sure you'll let me know if you don't get the outcome you're hoping for. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

Yes I think you should write product review hub about Mobicosa. I think from watching the video and reading about the product it could help so many people.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 15, 2013:

Hi Susan. Do you think I should write a hub about it? I don't want to make a career out of pushing products, but it really is great. It made a huge difference to my life. I'm thinking more people should watch the video. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:

Long Time Mother, Wow I went and watched the video and this looks to be a fantastic product. I searched for it and found that it is available on amazon. The next time I go to my health food store I'm going to see if they have Mobicosa and if not I'll ask them to order it in for me. I think my husband and myself would both benefit from taking this. Thank you so much for introducing this to me.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 13, 2013:

I was telling another hubber about the capsules a couple of days ago and gave him a link. I should do the same for you, sorry for not thinking of it. The site is and you'll see a video there. The video shows a story shown on tv in Australia. I used the capsules to get rid of my arthritis years ago, and have kept the gel on hand ever since.

I will be interested to hear your feedback.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2013:

Long Time Mother, My ankle still swells from time to time but nothing like it did before. Mobicosa gel sounds like a great product and I will have a look for it. I can see why you'd call it magic cream. Thank you so much for stopping by and so nice to meet you.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 12, 2013:

I trust your swelling is all gone by now, Susan. Worth mentioning for future reference if you ever have bad swelling again, there is a product called 'Mobicosa gel' that works miracles on bad swelling. You should be able to buy it online.

It is made from New Zealand green-lipped mussels (so yes, it is a bit smelly being made from a seafood, lol) however the smell is certainly worth it. I was amazed when my daughter's injured and swollen face (you couldn't see her eye) shrank back to normal within a few hours. The only part that showed bruising was the line closest to her eye that I couldn't reach with the gel.

When my kids were little I called it 'magic cream', and now that they are adults they keep a bottle in their own fridges and still call it magic cream. Not only is it good for swelling, the gel is also good for mosquito bites and stings etc.

I hope you don't break any more bones, but if you do, I suggest you try some Southern Hemisphere healing! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2012:

Hi MissO, Thanks for checking in on me. I think in time the swelling will completely go away.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 21, 2012:

I came back to read the updates, I can't believe a full year has already passed. Glad to hear you are getting around much easier. I'm sorry to hear the swelling is still there though, I do hope you fully heal from this and it becomes an old tale. HUG

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 30, 2012:

nifwlseirff, I am finally able to go back down into the basement to do laundry however I take the stairs very slowly :)

I had an ultra sound in June and it appears that the blood clots have disappeared on their own. I am still in physio therapy along with acupuncture for the treatment of RSD. The leg and ankle are still swelling and it's very discouraging at this point but I am walking better.

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on July 30, 2012:

Glad to hear you are healing now!

Falling down stairs has a frightening way of changing your life, in some ways good, in some ways bad. I've been timid to go down steps ever since I fell badly (foot badly placed when carrying washing down, then crash).

Any update on the blood clots in your leg? Were there any treatments suggested - massage, heat or something else?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 26, 2012:

Hi Ghaelach, Nice to see you. Yes it has taken a long time to get to this point. The acupuncture and physio seem to be working and I hope that it won't be too much longer, but only time will tell.

How are you doing?

Ghaelach on April 26, 2012:

Morning Susan.

Just popped by to see how things are going with your problem. Nice to read that the swelling is going down slowly. It's amazing how long it has taken to get this far.

Hope the therapy does it's job and you end up with some sort of a normal life.

Keeping my fingers crossed.


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 26, 2012:

Lisa, I'm still going to physical therapy, having the acupuncture done and now wearing a compression knee high on the right leg. The swelling is still present due to the RSD but not as bad as it was a month ago. I do see improvement and am hoping that I'll be done with the therapy in a few months.

Thank you for reading and I wish you well. I'm sure you feel the same as I do in regards to this being a life changing event.

Lisa on April 25, 2012:

Susan, I too have a spiral fracture , fibula, right leg. Did it Feb 16, 2012, two days before my trip to Mexico. My story is the same is yours. had a roboboot or a week, then cast for four, roboboot or four, and then x ray showed no healing..still in robot and walking now, with pain. Hardest. Walk bare feet but I try. I live alone but have been supported bt my mom, 77. I'm 42 .I cried yesterday Shen at the hospital getting my last x ray he said I ay need a plate put in if it isn't healed in six weeks, iv been doing physio and researching things to help. Good luck with it. It's helpful o be understood and read such. Similar story as mine.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 20, 2012:

KaisMom, I've had two physio appointments so far, one which included acupuncture, that brought the swelling on my leg down a wee bit. I've been told that it will probably take awhile of continued physio to get almost back to normal as far as the RSD goes. I have to go for more x-rays next month and see the surgeon again. Hopefully the bone has healed more by then. Thank you so much for offering moral support, and I'll keep you in mind :) I'll have to have a look at your hub too.

KaisMom from Keizer, Oregon on March 20, 2012:

Hi Just: I too hubbed about my fractured ankle and torn ligament which occurred in January. I did not have a spiral fracture and I'm so sorry that you've had some complications. I had surgery in February, and I had a great surgeon. I'm still two weeks out from not needing crutches but I feel your pain both physically and psychologically. Hang in there and keep you Hubpages friends informed on your progress. (This too shall pass.) And feel free to contact me should you need some extra moral support.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2012:

RH, I was in the thinking process of it :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2012:

Thanks Brian, When I first fractured the bone they told me that it looked like it would heal fast. I just assumed I would would be back to my old self in six to eight weeks. Wow was I ever wrong. Now I'm hoping by maybe the end of the summer. Thank you.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 04, 2012:

Susan - just wanted to comment that maybe you should write a hub about RDS? I bet I am behind in reading and you are already working on it:) lol

BRIAN SLATER on March 04, 2012:

Thanks for the up date Susan, I broke my ankle, well the bottom bit of my tibia which took most of last year to heal, Fortunately I didn't need an op it repaired itself, but it took twice as long as they said, Good luck, roll on March hey.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 27, 2012:

cmontijo, Thank you, I hope all ends up okay in the end :)

cmontijo from Somewhere in the World on February 26, 2012:

I've seen many of my friends after accidents getting broken legs and arms, that is something sad. Thanks God I've never had a broken bone. Hope everything ends up great.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 26, 2012:

Wayne, The surgeon that I've spoken with is not sure if the screws and plate are the right way to deal with this. But I should know more by Thursday hopefully. Thanks for letting me know about your friend.

Wayne Brown from Texas on February 26, 2012:

Well, have certainly kept your fracture under pun intended. Sometimes bad things have to happen to bring out the good that is around us...such is love. Glad to hear that you are on the road to finding solutions. One note of caution, I had a friend who suffered a similar fracture in which they used rods and screws to fix it. She was in pain after that until the doctor finally agreed to remove the screws and the pain went away. Hopefully, you will have that experience. WB

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 26, 2012:

A.A. Thank you for asking. I'm still waiting on test results from a bone scan and cat scan I had done over the past two weeks. I'll find out this week what the surgeon has to say and post an update. Thank you again.

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on February 25, 2012:

SO, what did the surgeon say? We want to know! Good news I hope...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 08, 2012:

Izzy, Thank you. I see the surgeon in one week. Have to see what he says.

IzzyM from UK on February 07, 2012:

Good luck on your surgery. A plate should sort it out and you'll be back to normal in no time :)

CHyNCHyN from Malaysia on February 07, 2012:

It's just for your information. Hope you get well!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2012:

ChyNCHyN, Thank you. This might be something I may have to look into.

CHyNCHyN from Malaysia on February 07, 2012:

You should try Chinese medicine

I got a patient who broke her leg with just a weak twist.

She went on cast for 3 months and was hopping all day long. When 3 months was over, she was still in pain. I gave her acupuncture and prescription. After her first try, she was much better and was cured in one month.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 06, 2012:

PDX, Thanks, and I will go and read again your hub about how you broke your leg.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 01, 2012:

oh, after workshopping and rereading, there were a lot of things that needed to be changed :-)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Deborah, I know I need to see a doctor sooner than March. My husband is going to go and pick up some forums that I need from my family doctor for the surgeons appointment, and he plans on talking to him to see why such a long wait. Thanks so much.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 30, 2012:

Gee you need to get into the doctor sooner than that.. So sorry.. Hope you heal all right .


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2012:

PDX, I thought the story was great as it was. Please do let me know when you have the revision done and thanks.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 28, 2012:

susan, thanks for reading. I'm actually doing a big revision on it, so I'll be sure to share that when it's done. I hope you feel better soon!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 21, 2012:

PDX, Thanks and yes I read your story earlier. Not fun at all, but I did enjoy your story.


How are you doing?

No improvement to the swelling. I am now waiting to go see a surgeon to see if a plate with screws needs to be put in as the bone is not healing well at all. Thanks for stopping by and I'll keep you posted.

Have a good weekend.

Ghaelach on January 21, 2012:

Morning Susan.

Almost two weeks since we last spoke about your leg.

Hope the swelling has gone down and the pain with it. It looks like you've still a long way to go before you are 100% fit.

Take care Susan and have a lovely weekend.

LOL Ghaelach

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 20, 2012:

glad you feel better, susan. i did you read my latest hub about when I broke my leg? no fun!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 20, 2012:

barbergirl, You never do realize the importance of a foot until something happens to it. Hopefully I'll hear back from the specialist that I am awaiting an appointment with this upcoming week. It's been such a long haul. Thanks.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on January 20, 2012:

It is so funny how something done daily can really knock you on your behind. I hurt my foot awhile back (no doctor needed because I didn't want it to slow me down) However I did rest it for a few days. I can't imagine how antsy you got because even after a day or two of keeping my foot up... I was ready to go out and run a marathon! Hope you heal up real fast! Or at least that they figure out what is going on with the swelling still! :(

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2012:

A.A., I wish it would hurry up and heal. Hopefully when I see the doctor on Thursday for my x-ray results he can tell me what's going on with all the swelling. Thank you.

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on January 16, 2012:

I broke my ankle, and never realized how much it impacted my life. I couldn't do anything! I hope you heal well and soon.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2012:

Ruchira, Thank you so much.

Ruchira from United States on January 11, 2012:

Sending you positive vibes for a speedy recovery Susan. Walking must be painful with that swollen ankle. Take care!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2012:

Ruchira, I went in today to have x-rays of my leg and ankle done as the swelling is pretty bad. Hope it will all be back to normal soon. Thank you.

b.Malin, I used to rave about the health care system in Canada ... used to :) Thanks for stopping by, it's always nice to see you.

b. Malin on January 11, 2012:

I could so relate Susan...who hasn't fractured or broken a "Body Part" and had to rely on family to help out...And it sounds like HELP they did. It does changes one's life, and makes us think, "I'm never going to go through this again"...hopefully. And yes, it does make us a little cynical of the Health Care System. Good Hub Susan.

Ruchira from United States on January 11, 2012:

I hope you are doing fine Susan and have got on with your regular schedule. It sure is a bummer when things get changed by a simple mistake.

Being an arthritis patient, my mornings and evenings are kinda slow as well..

Wishing that you DO run a marathon :)

Good luck for this new year!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2012:

Hi Seeker, I am so grateful to my family as they are pretty amazing, not only in times like these. Thank you so much.

ruth, Arthritis is painful. I hope that that your ankle doesn't bother you too much. Thank you for your comments and nice to meet you.

Dale, Yes I do know and thank you for the well wishes for my son.

Dale Hyde from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on January 10, 2012:

Thank you, Susan! I hope that your son's shoulders do not escalate into needing any surgery! It was painful for me and still is, and it is one of those pains that will remain for the rest of this life. You know the type, I am just have to live with it, and adjust.

Ruth Clark from Arkansas, USA on January 10, 2012:

Susan, I can say that, yes, I hobbled about for awhile and the cast, wheelchair, crutches, and bathing with one foot outside the shower on a chair was not much fun. There were some good things to come out of that, but some days when the resulting arthritis grips my ankle, I must dig deep. Thanks for sharing your story. There's nothing that makes you as depressed as feeling that you are all alone. We are never alone.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on January 10, 2012:

Hi Susan, oh how painful!! I hope you are feeling a lot more comfortable now and here's hoping you continue to heal!

Isn't it amazing just how much family can do for themselves when Mum needs to rest up? LOL! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that all these helping hands will continue even after you have started to 'run your marathon'!

Great hub + voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 10, 2012:

9 ribs ouch! I know people that have broken a couple and saw the pain that they went through. Thanks drbj.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 09, 2012:

Regret your accident, Susan, but it reminds us all that we cannot take a single thing for granted. I can empathize with you since I once broke 9 ribs and would not want to endure that episode again. Take care of yourself and stay healthy. And get the family to take out the garbage for as long as possible. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2012:

mythicalstorm, Thanks for stopping by, have missed you here at HubPages. I just wish it would heal a little faster :)

MM, Thank you, I really appreciate the good wishes.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 09, 2012:

Hi Susan, these things happen in seconds and end up altering your life for weeks or months, it sounds as though you are making good progress, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

mythicalstorm273 on January 09, 2012:

I am lucky enough that I have never yet broken a bone... of course I am an extreme klutz so that is likely to only last for so long. I sprained my ankle and I've done some major damage to random areas of my face, but not a broken bone yet. I am glad to see you recovering, but I hope nothing went wrong. Keep taking care of yourself :-) I think this is great because a lot of people can relate and it shows how you have to take care of yourself when something happens. You just couldn't do all the work that you are used to. When that is not possible some people get frustrated and hurt themselves worse, but you show that it is more important to let your body heal.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2012:

Ghaelach, Thanks :)

raciniwa, Thank you. I try to look at the good and bad in many situations.

LORD, Thank you and hope that you had a good Holiday too.

Frank, Well I am a little frightened to go into the basement now but am tackling the other stairs in the house. Thank you.

Snoopy :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2012:

mljdgulley, Thank you so much.

Rosemay, It was nice that he and my sons could take over everything that I do. For the first 4 or 5 weeks I tended to stay in the upstairs of our home. It was really nice as I would have all my meals delivered to me. I miss that now :) Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2012:

Dale, I do hope that your shoulders do not bother you too much. My son is a drywall taper and he has had many problems with his shoulders lately. That must have been very painful for you.

Nice to meet you and thank you for your comments.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 09, 2012:

It just shows what kind of woman you are.. a fighter-- a good role model-- someone who shouldn't take stairs.. that's what kids are for.. use them! Kidding I hope all goes well in the end.. and just hang in there Snoopy!!!!!!

Joseph De Cross from New York on January 09, 2012:

Catching with you my friend. What a heartfelt story! I hate being sick and had my share of losing a baby before birth, to my older son diagnosed with Steven-Johnson's Syndrome. The ups and downs are pretty much balanced. Hubby has shown you that, " good times, and bad times...that's what Husbands are for!" Glad this experienced is being shared with us and your loyal readers. Hope you had a wonderful holiday my friend!


raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on January 09, 2012:

this only shows you're a determined woman, overcoming those things is not that easy yet you presented the brighter side of the situation...i salute you...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2012:

molometer, You don't realize the importance of things such as being able to walk until you can't:) Yes all the clothes stayed the same color and size...makes me wonder why I sort them into colors, dark's and white. Thank you.

Ghaelach on January 09, 2012:

Morning Susan.

Great hub, and I must say you brought a smile to my face as well as a silly grin.

Glad your hubby fell back on his boy scout survival trainning and you all survived.

I've gone across the board as I can relate to your problem. UP/A/B/I/U/F first time I've ever hit all the stops.

Take extra special care Susan.

LOL Ghaelach

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 09, 2012:

A great hub. It's good that you can look on the positives as well as the negatives.

Can we now expect recipe hubs from hubby? It is amazing the things they find they can actually do when they have to.

I am surprised you are still getting swelling after all this time though. But hope your foot is healed very soon.

mljdgulley354 on January 08, 2012:

Great hub Susan. Injuries take the wind out of our sails for sure. Will keep you in my thoughts and glad you are mobile again.

Dale Hyde from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on January 08, 2012:

Thank you for a most insightful hub, Just Ask Susan. I do hope that your recovery will be complete with no follow up issues. The title of the hub caught my attention as I was on the Home page. The reason for this was that two years and 11 months ago, I was working, making excellent wages, installing equipment in the back of ambulances with a good crew. Out of the clear blue, all of that changed. A trip and fall over an exposed anchor bolt in the warehouse floor resulting in two shoulder surgeries over a two year period of time, with complications, and now limited and having to re-train, attending school.

In a split second, the security you have in life can change without a doubt.

Micheal from United Kingdom on January 08, 2012:

Ouch! a spiral fracture sounds very complicated to fix and painful.

It is amazing that we take these everyday things for granted that you listed. In recent months those words that our parents always banged on about. 'As long as you have your health and strength, that is the main thing' ring so loudly when we are ill or injured.

Good to hear that your husband's hunter gatherer skills surfaced and the family all mucked in. Did all the washing stay the same color and size? lol

Great hub Susan shared, voted up useful and interesting.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2012:

Rebecca, I just wish someone could tell me how long this is going to last or expected to last. It seems too long to me to recover but then I am older now and injuries at a younger age were way easier. Thanks so much!

Ron, Thank you.

Ruby, I was surprised myself at what he could actually do in the kitchen. It was a pleasant surprise, one he'd been hiding me:) Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2012:

Missolive, Thank you. I always try to look on the bright side of the road (Van Morrison Song) might just have to link that song here. I figure everything happens for a reason. Maybe I just need to slow down a bit.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 08, 2012:

I didn't know you fell, i'm so sorry. Finding out your husband is a good cook is a winner..Hee.. Best wishes for a full recovery my friend..Cheers

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on January 08, 2012:

Good job, Susan, you "do" have my sympathy.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 08, 2012:

May you continue to heal, Susan. I had a broken shoulder from an auto accident once so I know where you are coming from. It sounds like you had a lot of support during your ordeal.I like the way you look on the bright side. Living in Southeast USA all my life I can only imagine but shoveling snow must be a real chore, and you got outta a that!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on January 08, 2012:

Susan - what a story! I can't even begin to imagine all this has put you through. Wishing you all the best!

Bummer story, but awesome hub

Get well soon! Voted up!

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