Posted: December 5, 2014
I had never broken a bone in my body - until nearly three weeks ago. I was attempting to climb outdoor stairs after a recent snowfall and slipped between the second and third stair, breaking my ankle in the process. There's probably no good time to break an ankle, but wintertime is certainly one of the worst times to try to navigate while on crutches.
Fortunately, my new health insurance coverage will cover a majority of the $17,000 bill for the surgery, anesthesia, pain medication and an overnight stay in the hospital. But I was rather amused by the charge for physical therapy, which lasted all of about 10 minutes, for $396. The physical therapy session essentially allowed me to try to walk on crutches for the first time in my life and attempt to negotiate a few stairs. It's no wonder that insurance companies continue to raise their rates for health insurance.
Aside from the pain, the accident has been nothing more than a nuisance. I did join the teenagers on Black Friday at Oakwood Mall after I was afforded a wheelchair. I enjoyed the experience so much, we went back again to take advantage of the great deals on Saturday. One really learns about what it's like to be handicapped when trying to traverse through a shopping center the weekend after Thanksgiving.
It wasn't until the past few days that I have attempted to drive my car. Since it is my left ankle that is broken and I drive an automatic vehicle, I am able to drive quite comfortably. However, I am disappointed how difficult it is to maneuver with crutches in downtown Eau Claire. With the snow and ice, it is a miracle that I haven't slipped and fallen again.
I have made a few trips to Grace Home Respiratory to purchase a two-wheeled walker, which I use while living in a motel until I am able to manage stairs; to rent a wheelchair to use in the office and to buy a shower chair. (Nothing was more aggravating than not being able to shower for the first week after the injury).
My next appointment will be in the coming days so I can have the cast removed and stitches taken out. Then I will be fitted with a walking boot. And, yes, the first time I attempt to go through security at an airport, the plate and screws in my ankle will sound the alarm.
So that's why I wasn't able to publish an issue on November 21st. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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