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Offline CRWDDYZ

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New to Board with fresh Tibia Open Displacment Fracture
« on: November 06, 2008, 09:13:56 PM »
I have never before had surgery or a broken bone of any kind and never spent a night in the hospital.  That all changed this past Fiday.  I am a 44 year old male and was out dirt bike riding in the mountai but i did not ns.  I slammed my fully extended and locked leg/foot into a rock at about 15 mph.  It hurt, but i thought it was jsut a sprain.  After a 20 minute ride back to the trucks and a 1 hour ride to the hospital it was locked in  90 degree position at the knee.  I could not beleieve the X-ray....mutiple cracks and broken away bone on the tibia.  THe ER doc said surgery NOW and 3 months recovery.....I ws devistated.

I had surgery Saturday morning.  The OS said I exploded by Tibia, but it could have been worse.  I have 2 pins, 1 screw and 1 plate in my left knee now.  Taking Hydrocodone (2 every 3 - 4 hours as needed).  The pain is not that bad currently.  THe Xray was the worst so far.  I decscribe my situation/pain level as uncomfortable now.  Hard to get comfortable to rest or sleep.  Pills make me a little nauseous for 30 minutes after I take each dose.  THe brace is very uncomfortable behind my thigh and calf, causing more pain than the knee injury

Doctor says I start PT on 10th day....so that will be next Tuesday after my first OS office appointment.  Reading what to expect on this forum next.
10-31-08 TPF - plate 3 screws
11-11 Staples out, CPM 3 wks
12-3 PT 3x wk, NWB
2-1-09 FWB & lt weights, walking in pool
2-4 OS good
2-6 PT cane or 1 crutch
2-6 pain ankle
2-16 work part time
2-24 No cane, brace only
3-4 OS all good
4-16 OS stopped PT
5-28 OS full work duty
Next appt Nov

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Re: New to Board with fresh Tibia Open Displacment Fracture
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 11:43:33 PM »
Welcome - getting comfortable with a brace is difficult - lots of pillows help.  As far as pain goes, I kept a pill/pain diary for the first couple of weeks.  What time I took the pill and what my pain level was before I took it and 1/2 hour after I took it.  It helped me see improvement.
I also took my pills with a couple of soda crackers, that seemed to help the nausea.
Another site that may help you pass the time is mybrokenleg.com.  The have a discussion page for broken leg stuff and a chat page for just passing the time.
Sending healing rays your way
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

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Re: New to Board with fresh Tibia Open Displacment Fracture
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 12:52:17 AM »
Mary,

Thanks.  I am glad I found this site and will check out the other.   I have been reading here today and it looks like my particular injury is in the "Specialist " section under bones and breaks around the knee.  So I will be spending some time there.

Thank you for the rays !

Gary
10-31-08 TPF - plate 3 screws
11-11 Staples out, CPM 3 wks
12-3 PT 3x wk, NWB
2-1-09 FWB & lt weights, walking in pool
2-4 OS good
2-6 PT cane or 1 crutch
2-6 pain ankle
2-16 work part time
2-24 No cane, brace only
3-4 OS all good
4-16 OS stopped PT
5-28 OS full work duty
Next appt Nov















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