A whole new world, parking in a reserved spot as close to the front door as possible
Loaded with Ibuprofen, unknowingly broken and working a couple of weeks ago
Here's what happened. I had a one hour drive to Jackson, Wyoming's St. John's hospital. During this ride, I discovered that driving that long of a distance with a femoral neck fracture is uncomfortable. I got to the hospital at 8 am as scheduled. Talked to the radiologist tech and radiologist. They decided the nuclear bone scan (relief!!) was unnecessary after some back and forth among several people, most importantly the radiologist at the hospital and my orthopedic doc (who has not seen me yet but knows what's going on). Very importantly as well, the orthopedic doc called me and explained everything. My MRI was accessed by the radiologist in Jackson and it was confirmed, I have a classic compression stress fracture of the neck of the femur. He immediately told me NOT TO PUT WEIGHT ON MY LEG, AT ALL, FOR ANY REASON.
Mentally, after receiving the confirmation of the diagnosis, I went into a little bit of a tail spin. Pretty much everything I do involves moving around and doing, work, hobbies, . What's a girl to do when she gets bummed? Go shopping! Bought a nice light backpack to haul things around, spray paint for my ugly crutches and some beauty supplies (if I don't feel too well, I might as well try to look a little better).
I'm exhausted. My eyes look like someone has punched me. It's hard to rest so much. It's hard to do not much. It's super hard to wobble around on crutches, especially on ice. My upper body is sore! Luckily this crutch thing makes it hard for me to go to the kitchen and eat, it's a lot of trouble and effort for some food. It will definitely keep me from eating too much and getting fat.
Tomorrow is my appointment with Dr. Brown the ortho. I am waiting until I talk to him before I make any plans or set any goals. I read that even water running with a flotation device is prohibited because the muscles pull on the fracture. I would guess that spinning on a bike with no tension is out too. We'll see! I have no idea what I can expect out of the next month.
On the good side, not walking on my right leg for 3 days has decreased the pain from about a 7 to a .5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Thanks for all of the well wishes and kind words. I really appreciate it, eventually, I will respond to emails and FB comments. I've got a lot of time to kill.