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While joining the in-laws at their annual reunion in East BFE, Mississippi, my 16 y/o daughter, Sara, twisted her ankle and broke both leg bones. The thin one is splintered vertically, and the big bone is cracked open horizontally.

Three doctors concur that it will take surgery to set the bones. Which can't be done at least until tomorrow, when they open their "SurgiCenter," where her orthopedist practices.

Mercifully, the ER doc loaded us down with GOOOOD drugs, so I'm hoping she'll sleep through the night.

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Comment by Quilty on July 20, 2009 at 3:05pm
I heard the PA order the hardware for her surgery tomorrow: a "sleeve" for the fibula with 4 screws in it, and plate with two screws for the tibia. They won't be coming out.

We go in at 9 AM for 10 AM surgery. We're just trying to make it through one more night.

@ Snagg: I ordered a wheelchair already; I don't want her trying to manage crutches when she goes back to school on the 7th. She and her twin brother are the youngest five kids. She has lots of loving support behind her -- literally and spiritually!
Comment by Kittycat on July 20, 2009 at 1:12pm
Oh my! My heart goes out to you both. My thoughts are with you.
Comment by Quilty on July 20, 2009 at 10:23am
She was squatting down to swat a wasp on the floor, and fell back on her haunches, with her foot twisted under her. She broke the tibia horizontally just above the ankle, and the fibula has a splinter of bone a couple of inches long sticking out from above the joint.
Comment by Snagg on July 20, 2009 at 4:25am
My fiancee is in the process of recovering from a nearly identical injury - (Ladies, watch those purse straps. They're out to get you.) - So be prepared for several months of Indentured Servitude, as she will require quite a bit of assistance with even the most basic functions. Be Patient. She's going to get cross, and more than once. Aquatherapy may be in your near future, as well as crutches, walkers and a wheelchair.

My fiancee had two titanium screws implanted in her ankle, to stabilize everything while the bones and tendons re-knit, and they just came out after six weeks. She saved them and is going to make them into charms for an ankle bracelet. That's the kind of spirit your daughter's going to need to make this easier. Try telling her that if she doesn't follow every one of the doctors instructions exactly to the letter, that she'll wind up looking like Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein".
Comment by Fire Bill on July 19, 2009 at 10:23pm
waiting to get a ticket to the MJ memorial, drove down from San Jose and tried to get in. Had fun with the other MJ fans trying to buy tickets.

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