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Damned icy Swedish roads
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 07:29:33

I broke my leg. Boring. I was biking from my work to home when i made a turn. I know, stupid maneuver. While falling my foot got caught somehow between ground and bike on the wrong side of my south-west axis seen from the crown of my head. The weight of the bike forced my foot backwards. I saw it happening. My foot was turned 180 degrees from it's rest position, relative to my leg. I gave a scream of irritation because i knew my snowboarding plans were over. As i was wondering if it would stay in that position it swirved back when it got some breathing space. Then it just layed there, looking slightly guilty. I could not help but hope that was the end of it and i could get on my bike. It was not to be. As i moved my leg i noticed my foot wanted to stay behind. Tissue and bone crunched in very uncharactaristic ways. I cried for help and three minutes later i was carried off by an ambulance. Seven hours later the doctors had already operated on me.

The worst that nature forces had inflicted upon me was the snapping of the two bones that keep the bottom part of my leg from being jelly. I guess what happened is that they both snapped themselves because of the pressure applied to them by the rotation. Just try to bend your foot to the in`side as far as you can. My good foot can only turn 35 degrees or so, not to mention my bad foot. The other 145 degrees had to come from somewhere. The joint between foot and leg also got some punishment of course, just as the machinery of my foot. The back part of my foot is decorated with a black ring, my foot and leg have an overall ugly yellow color.

In the days i spent in the hospital i got awfully little sleep. The three old guys in my room of four all snored like people that snore extremely loud, one like a monster in a horror film. On top of that another was demented. When he didn't sleep he talked and was scared because he had no conception of time. Hospital life was fascinating and i was happy to be treated like a baby for a while, but after five days i got quite sick of being bossed around by the medical staff. Which fitted fine with the scheme my maker has for me because i could leave.

Now i am at home. Living the life of a worm. I can't move around much because my leg hurts like hell. Basically i sit or lie on a matrass in the livingroom. All windows are about a meter from the ground so i don't see the outside world much. When my grrllfrnd isn't here i am sort of helpless. I can get to the toilet, which is nice but acting dynamically in my surroundings is difficult. I can put a pizza in the oven, i can take it out, but to my surprise at the time i can't take it to the living room in a proper human way. I have to sit on the floor and i have to crawl back to the livingroom stopping a dozen times to get my crutches from behind with my free hand.

On the upside i now have lots and lots of free time. The doctors say it will take four to five months before i can get back to work. But it's borrowed time because grrlfrnd said she is gonna break her leg in the summer.


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on Mon, 13 Feb 2006 16:22:55 Christian said:

Shit Ties, sorry to hear that, sounds horrible, hope you get well soon.


on Mon, 13 Feb 2006 18:49:39 Martijn [K12] said:

Ties, what a hell of a story.. Get well soon, and uh.. take it easy. Cheers mate.


on Tue, 14 Feb 2006 11:01:04 muf said:

We can call each other iron brother i guess


on Thu, 16 Feb 2006 12:25:40 marjaars said:

Your leg better feel guilty indeed! Get well soon, hope the pain will lessen quickly. hugs I just wrote you an email, no need to answer the question on your pootje anymore.


on Sat, 25 Mar 2006 11:18:33 Jaap (K12) said:

Ties,

You radical motherf&%"*: biking around and breaking you bones. Just here a little medical explanation what happened. Under your knee in your legs there are 2 bones: (tibia (thick) and fibula (thin). They are connected to each other over the whole length with a thick tendinous structure. The problem is that when you broke your tibia, the this connection stucture ruptured completely to the upper part of the fibula. There the fibula broke as well: maison neuve fracture.

Good luck with your recovery!


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