It has been 5 months and 2 weeks since I broke my ankle. I’m sure you can tell through my previous 5 parts on my recovery that it hasn’t been easy. From being unable to walk, having trouble getting to the bathroom and gaining a lot of weight, it was definitely a mental toll. The hardest part was not being able do the things I took for granted.
People just don’t realize how great we have it, especially healthy, walking, talking, having all your extremities and just having fun. When you lose the ability to do something you’ve done your entire life it really causes mental damage. I know mentally I was going crazy for the first few months of my recovery.
Looking at the picture, you can see that I caused some serious damage and the picture was taken 3 days after it happened. The swelling went down quite a bit from the time the ER put my temporary cast on to the time of that picture. The best thing about life and many cases, things heal with time as did I.
I am happy to say that after 5 months I am walking still without a full comfort level, but I can get around. I can run around, play basketball and workout as well. The best part of all, I am able to do everything my kids want me to do…..no more feeling like a horrible father, which is the best part about being healthy enough.
I can say that I am still not 100% and I can also admit that I haven’t been the hardest worker when it came to rehab. I have been a super slacker, but not exactly by choice. My kids and their needs trump everything else and since I was healthy enough to handle business, being 100% wasn’t necessary. Now I can focus more of my time to myself and getting myself back to where I feel comfortable (everyone says my ankle will never be the same, especially those who’ve had similar injuries).
Today my ankle looks much different from the way it did 5 months ago and I’m thankful to all of you who had such kind words and well wishes. It is a great feeling to know that someone cares and is pulling and praying for your well-being. The saga will continue with rehab, but I am happy to let you guys know that I AM GOOD!