QUICK STORY OF A BROKEN FOOT
In case you were unaware, two weeks ago, I broke my foot playing basketball. The story is remarkably dull. I jumped for a rebound, and I landed on my foot just a bit wrong. I knew something was wrong immediately. Unfortunately, I did not know how wrong. It didn’t even occur to me that I could have a broken foot.
Over the next two days, my foot swelled to remarkable levels and started to bruise all over. After two days on crutches, I finally saw the specialist. The news was not good. I had a double Jones fracture. If that means nothing to you, then you are in the same situation as I was. Short version, my foot has two breaks (perpendicular to one another), and they’re in a really really bad spot.
Therefore, the doctor put me on bed rest with instruction to keep my foot elevated and iced.
THE UPDATE ON THE BROKEN FOOT
The first two days my foot was broken, it actually didn’t hurt too much unless I put pressure on my foot. However, around day three the sensitivity to movement and touch started to escalate. Whereas during the first two days I could easily hop around on one foot without it bothering my bad foot, on day three, the vibrations from hopping started to hurt pretty badly. Worse (at least for me personally), I could feel the bones shifting inside my foot.
We tried to get a good picture of my foot, but unfortunately no single picture captured just how funky my foot still looks two weeks later. In the picture to the right you can kind of see the difference in color between my two feet. The picture doesn’t do the actually color difference justice. You can also see in the picture that my ankle is very swollen still. When you compare my two ankles it becomes clear one of them has a big problem.
In the pictures below, it gives a better idea of how bad my foot looks.
- There’s a bruise on the side of my foot where the 2 breaks are at.
- My swollen ankle is more visible.
- The difference color of my foot and my calves probably gives a better impression of the color difference.
LIVING WITH A BROKEN FOOT
With my foot so sensitive, it became increasingly difficult to do anything other than lay in bed. My mother had a shower chair for us to borrow, but even sitting in the shower chair, I have to physically lift my leg constantly to avoid hitting the ground too hard.
But even laying in bed wasn’t easy. I have two kids under the age of 3, and two large and hyper dogs. My oldest child understands my foot is hurt, but he doesn’t always remember in the moment that it means he shouldn’t jump on the bed.
Here’s a bit of perspective:
- I went four days straight where I did not leave my room (other than my bathroom)
- I went a full week without going outside (the pictures from above were from my first journey outdoors in 7 days)
It’s a very surreal experience to be bed ridden. The time of day and day of the week start to lose meaning. There’s no variety from moment to moment. I can’t do much of anything to help Jennifer or the kids. In fact, when I’m sleeping it means there’s one less person that Jennifer has to take care of it. That by itself is a very strange and humbling reality.
Yesterday was the first time in 10 days I spoke with someone in person that wasn’t a member of my family. My high school discipleship group came over to my house to meet. (I would probably describe the experience in more detail, but I’m actually writing this before the event will occur.)
I’ve used this “opportunity” to do four things:
- Start blogging again …hence my sudden surge of output
- Start writing two eBooks …one is a book on preaching for volunteers, and the other is an ebook on marriage for this blog
- Start to learn Adobe After Effects …I’ve kind of used it before, but I would like to learn how to create things from scratch in it. Below is a video I made last week for our current sermon series. The first 45 seconds I made from scratch. The last 15 seconds are from a template.
- Continue reading “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise” …great book on the history of Star Wars. I’m still reading about the making of the original trilogy. I’m fascinated to read the history of the prequels. The author admitted at the beginning that he never bothered to watch Episode III until he decided to read this book. So, he’s a HUGE Star Wars fan who hated episodes I and II so much he never watched III. His take on the history of the prequels should be fascinating.
THE FUTURE OF FIXING A BROKEN FOOT
If all goes well with my time in bed rest, the swelling in my foot will continue to go down, and the bones will heal just enough that I can become mobile again (with crutches and a boot), and eventually be able to start walking in my boot. At the moment, my foot seems to be recovering, but my ankle still appears rather swollen. I’m wondering if my ankle may have also been injured, but went fairly unnoticed due to the severe injury to my foot.
There has been no explicit mention of…
- A cast
- Surgery (other than draining my foot)
- Amputation (I think I’m going to get to keep my foot mother…she was afraid)
All I really know at this point is that I’m off bed rest in a few days, and I go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks. I’m not supposed to drive for as long as I’m wearing a boot. Beyond that, I’m kind of in limbo, because all future decisions will be based on information we don’t yet have. I don’t know what the future holds.