Broken Ankle and the Pandemic

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My Topic today is: My Broken Ankle vs the Pandemic

On Dec 30, 2011, I fell on the ice and broke my fibula and tibia and had to have surgery.

Thinking back to how I dealt with this horrible situation has helped me deal with the current pandemic we’re in.

Here are 5 6 reasons why both are very similar:

1.Happened Unexpectedly.

I was doing a 10 mile training run and then all of a sudden, I was down on the ground.

last run

I was at work on March 16 and then on March 17, I was told to stay home and self-isolate.

my new office

2.Scary Health-wise.

I had never broken my ankle. I had never had surgery before or anesthesia.  Yikes!

not my x-ray – I have 6 screws in the plate

COVID-19 – Would I get it?  Would my friends or family get it?  People are dying from it!!! Holy cow!

New York now has more coronavirus cases than Italy and Spain ...

3. Unknown Duration.

How long would it take for my bones to heal? Weeks? How long until I could walk or run again? Months?

post ankle surgery

How long until I would go back to work? How long until I could see my family and friends?  How long will we be social-distancing??

 our first pandemic post-run brunch

4. Feeling Depressed and Isolated.

I missed a New Year’s Party. I couldn’t go anywhere. Not to the mall, not out with my friends.  I was stuck at home. I was bored and lonely.

Nothing is open.  I can’t even get my hair cut.  I can’t go out to dinner or to the movies. I am tired of running by myself.

ZOOMing with my running friends

5. Changes Happen in Stages

First I would be mobile using crutches.  And then walking with a boot. And eventually walking unaided… and then running!!

first steps

First leaving the house to go to essential places, then more places but wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart.  Eventually more places open up but restrictions are still in place.

first boating outing

6. What will “Normal” be?

Will I run as fast as before?  Will I be able to run long distances? Will there be things I can no longer do?

my first post-injury 5k

Will we be able to hug our family and friends?  Will we be able to attend concerts and movies?  Will there be big races?

running with friends but 6 ft apart

Happy Running! Have you ever had a serious injury or situation which may have prepared you for this Pandemic? Please share.

16 thoughts on “Broken Ankle and the Pandemic

  1. Um nope, nothing really prepared me for this pandemic. I try to be as mentally flexible as possible and maintain a positive outlook, but that sure isn’t always easy. I feel like some things about life as we once knew it are going go be different going forward. Some good, some bad.

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    • This is certainly different than anything else in our lives. We have to take the good with the bad and try to be positive about the future.


  2. I think we all are wondering “What will normal be?” Great comparison between breaking your ankle and the pandemic. I am not loving these restrictions either but I understand why they are necessary. I am convinced now to not take simple pleasures and freedoms for granted ever again.

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  3. I could easily compare my knee recovery with this, in some ways. My ordeal was totally unexpected, and I was “stuck” dealing with the recovery that I had no way to prepare for. But, I kept a positive attitude, and tried to focus as much as possible on the positives. I have learned that what you focus on will become your reality, so I refuse to dwell on the gloom and doom side of anything. I can acknowledge the bad, but it’s my choice to NOT dwell on it 😉

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  4. Thankfully, never a serious injury, knock on wood, but I had several surgeries as a kid. I was a really sickly kid. Although a couple were on my eyes.I was 12. I remember it pretty vividly!

    I’m not sure anything could really prepare anyone for what we’re going through now. But that’s life — the only thing really certain is death and change (even taxes aren’t necessarily certain!).


    • Nope no one could be prepared. The important thing is how we deal with adversity. I think my attitude about this is better than when I had ankle surgery. Knock on knock. I’ve been healthy my whole life.

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  5. I was not prepared at all for something like this, but growing up on a farm out in the middle of nowhere I was more prepared for the isolation than others. As a kid, I wouldn’t see any of my friends from the last day of school in the summer until the first day of school in the fall. I’m still looking forward to whenever we can get back to gathering with friends, though.

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  6. I broke my elbow about 27 years ago and had to have surgery to put in a lag screw. My first surgery and anesthesia.
    I’ll never forget that first shot of percoset, or what ever it was, in the ED. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed (high) so quickly. I see why people get addicted.
    I’ve never had a fatal or chronic disease but I imagine it’s similar to COVID.
    All of a sudden our world has changed completely. This could kill us. We just want to go back to normal and for all of this to be over, but we have no control over when this will be over.

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