Broken Ankle – Post #1

15 03 2010

In case you missed it, I broke my ankle on March 10th while playing hockey.  I’m normally playing left wing, and was racing in the zone with my right wing who had the puck poke-checked away.  It was still in our zone on the right side near the blue line, so I raced over for the keep-in since the other players were back in the neutral zone.

I was heading in perpendicular to the boards and about 5ft out I began to stop.  Trouble emerged when the D trying to go for the puck accidentally got their blade under my left skate.  This killed the resistance on the ice from my skate and shot my left skate toward the boards while my stance was still in the “stopping” crouch.  Because of that, my balance got thrown off backwards away from the boards, but my skate was still pinned against the boards as I fell back.

As soon as I hit the ice, I knew something wasn’t right, and I initially thought it was a sprain since I felt something in my left stretch out.  My teammates helped me off the ice to the bench.  About two minutes after sitting and swearing a few times, I walked to the locker room … SLOWLY.  I think it took me about three min to get 200 ft.  Unlaced skate, and luckily, I had some wrap in my bag, so I put that on and went home.  While home I iced it about 20 min on and off for 2 hours, elevated and went to bed.

Thursday morning came around and with nothing different, and slated to be out of town playing hockey in Columbus, OH for the weekend (I still went, but was sidelined) figured I would get it checked out.  Sure enough, after the trip to the ER, I came back with a nice looking x-ray and a fractured left fibula.

So, it is Monday now following the injury and have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on    Wednesday.  I’ll get some more info at that time on recovery, but being active and relatively self-sufficient, I can’t tell you how much this puts a damper on just day-to-day activities; like getting a cup of coffee.

I’ll try and post some updates here and there, but I’d love to hear from you if you have a story to share, questions, or just words of encouragement.

Thanks for reading!

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