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Ankle/Leg update

Went to the orthopedic surgeon Tuesday. He had good news and bad news. The good news was that the fibula fracture is actually fairly minor, and will heal very easily with simple immobilization of the ankle.

Then there’s the bad news. Remember when I said that I heard two snaps/pops when I fell? Yeah, one was the fibula breaking, the other was a ligament either snapping or breaking or tearing or something bad. So even if my fibula heals perfectly, my ankle will be unstable and won’t be able to function properly. Which is why I go in for surgery in the morning.

According to the Doctor, he’ll insert a Kevlar suture that will act like a toggle bolt to hold the ankle bones together and allow the ligament to heal properly. Because it’s Kevlar, there will be no need to go back and remove it once everything is healed up.

One down side of the injury and the required surgery is that I won’t be able to put any weight on that ankle for at least 6 weeks. So I’ll be using crutches that entire time. I’ll have a splint for the first week or two, then a plastic aircast for the remainder. It’s technically a walking boot cast, but that’s more of a precaution in case I happen to accidentally put the foot down, it won’t break like a splint would. I’ll also be able to remove it to take a shower, which will make Cynthia and my friends & coworkers very happy.

So I go under the knife at 11am CST. The procedure should take about 30-45 minutes. After that they’ll move me to a room where I’ll get to come out of the anesthesia for an hour or two. Then it’s on to home.

The only things we have planned after the surgery is a maid service is coming by on Saturday morning, and we have tickets to see John Oliver at House of Blues Saturday evening. Some friends are having a Tweet Up at Sweet Tomatoes in North Dallas on Sunday evening, and I’d like to do that.

If all goes well, I expect to be at work on Monday.