Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sprained Ankle

Three weeks ago, I was playing a game of pick-up basketball. I was in the key waiting for a rebound. The rebound was behind me and a little to the left, so as I jumped it forced me to be off balance a little bit. Anyway, I came down right on top of someone's foot and rolled my ankle outwards. Because I was off balance, my right foot was up in the air and didn't give me any support, so all of my weight was on my left ankle. I heard 3 pops and knew something was immediately wrong. Needless to say, my night of basketball was done.

I went home and Stacey helped me wrap it with an ice-pack. I took about 16 ibuprofen (maybe not quite that many), and tried to sleep. At about 2:00 in the morning, I woke up from the pain. It was so bad, I just could not sleep. I got up to go get a drink, and as I was hopping over to the bathroom, I started to feel a little light headed, so I sat down. This commotion woke up Stacey and she asked me if I was OK. I said, "I feel like I'm going to throw up and I don't think I'm going to make it to the bathroom, you better grab the throw up bucket." (Every family has a throw up bucket, right?) Anyway, as I was sitting there, my head started spinning and I felt like I was going to pass out. Stacey told me to lay down on the bed, which I did. Almost instantly I felt better. It was a very weird experience.

That week, I was working the early shift at work (4:30 AM - 1:00 PM). I was originally planning to go to work at 4:30, but then at 7:00 when other people started showing up, leaving to go to the doctor. However, after that experience, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to drive to work, or at least I didn't dare do it. I waited until about 3:15 and then called my boss and told him what had happened. Luckily he was very understanding and willing to help me out that day. I have the best boss!

Later that morning, I called and got an appointment to go see the doctor. All morning, though, the pain was so bad and I could not find any position to make it better. By the time we got to the doctor, I was convinced that I had broken my ankle. It had swollen so bad, probably to the size of a grapefruit. The doctor took some x-rays, and then came back and told me that it was not broken, just a severe sprain. He said that I probably tore some ligaments as well.

Anyway, over the last 3 weeks, I have been recovering. The first week, I was in a boot, then I went to just a lace-up brace. I am to the point now that I can walk without any support, but my motion is definitely restricted.

****** Gross Picture Alert *******

The following picture is my ankle almost 24 hours after the initial sprain:

You can see how much bigger it is than my right.

These pictures are two days after the sprain, when the bruising started:

These pictures are three days after the sprain. Notice how much worse the bruising is in just one day:

Now these last pictures were taken 10 days after the sprain:

Anyway, I have been icing my ankle as much as I can the last 3 weeks. One thing the doctor told me is to stick my foot in an ice bath. I had never done that before. I tried it about a week ago, and I was amazed at how painful that was for the first 5 minutes. After that, my few numbed up, all except for my toes, they were tingly and painful the entire 20 minutes that I did it.

I really hope to be able to go play some basketball this week and maybe be back to full strength soon. We'll see, though.

And yes, I know that I have gross feet, even without a sprained ankle, no need to tell me that. :)


Marla B said...

forget announcing your family is going to have a baby in a couple of weeks----your ankle! Ahh! LOVE the pictures. those are cool. hope it gets better. I've only rolled my ankle and I hated trying to get over that injury, good luck with this! no tri's coming-i hope!

Eric said...

We announced that one on Facebook. But to satisfy that "requirement", we are having a baby boy in April! :)

DD said...

I'm feeling lightheaded and afraid I'll need my "throw-up" bucket too after looking at your painful foot. That totally looked like it sucked(s). So sorry for ya. We're excited for Kaylee tomorrow!

Garth said...

Holy moly - that is The Worst Sprained Ankle I've Ever Seen. I can't believe all the swelling and bruising.
I'm excited for your April Fool's Baby! Did you know Aaron Richins is also a Foolish Baby? They'll share a birthday!

Garth said...

Oops, that last comment was from me, Leslie. I'm accidentally signed in as Garth. :)