I'm not really enjoying my broken leg.
I wasn't enjoying it before when they told me it was a sprain and keep it moving, but it was kind of improving I felt. I think now maybe I was just getting used to the pain.
They decided my leg was broken on Friday and on Monday they put me in a Cricket Pad Splint to immobilise my knee and hope it heals. I've gone from being in pain and gritting my teeth and getting on with it, to being incapable of getting on with anything and lugging around a brace from my ankle to my thigh. It's weird for me to not be in control and on top of things, I'm not used to it. I do want my knee to heal (pretty please), so I'm prepared to wear this thing for as long as it takes, but it's really hard work on many levels.
Today I had Physiotherapy - well, I didn't because there's nothing you can do when the diagnosis and treatment change and your patient is immobilised. The Physiotherapist was lovely and unhurried and I didn't wait 3 hours beyond my appointment time, and so she was actually keen to explain to me what's going on.
I have an Avulsion Fracture of my Tibia - look away now if you're squeamish. When I landed my knee bent the way it isn't meant to and instead of snapping or tearing a ligament, the ligament stayed intact and plucked off a chunk of bone (oh joy). The good news is that it's really common and usually heals perfectly well mainly by itself, even in an old lady like me, so in less than a few weeks I should be all better (actual joy).
For my sister, who I know reads this and has seen the above photo before - I'm not entirely deformed, I see now totally why you thought my kneecap was on the side, but it's an optical illusion because my skirt is over part of my leg.. See....
There is one great thing about this splint though..... I don't wake up every half hour in pain or with a numb and freezing cold lower leg.....I can actually sleep (more actual joy).