Broken legs suck, and so do totalled cars...
May 21, 2009 8:26 PM Subscribe
My best friend has a broken leg from a car accident and is very depressed. Need activity suggestions and advice on how I can encourage her to comply with her doctor's orders to keep any weight off the leg and keep her immobilizer on.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
I was driving her to get some dinner almost 3 weeks ago and a kid with no license pulled out in front of us. My car was totalled. She took the worst of the injuries including a broken leg.
1. Activities. Naturally, she's extremely depressed that her summer is gone and she can't go anywhere or do anything by herself. She is in a wheelchair. A big part of the reason we're both stressing out is that my car is gone so I have a hard time getting over to visit her and can't take her anywhere - I have to borrow my mom's SUV and she can't get in it. The medical bills are already astronomical so I'm not sure seeing a therapist is possible.
She crochets so I asked her to make me a blanket, and she does have a PS3. The only PS3 game she likes is Need for Speed Pro Street and it took her about a month to get good at it - she likes *easy* games with very shallow learning curves. (She doesn't even like Little Big Planet - she finds it too hard, but is okay with the original Super Mario Bros.) I'm thinking of taking her my PS2 if we can get it hooked up to her TV in hopes that perhaps she'd enjoy Katamari Damacy. She's got Netflix. She doesn't like to read. She has a computer that she can wheel over to sometimes. Any suggestions for other activities, or specific games/movies are welcome.
If you were an active person and broke your leg and could no longer go out easily, what helped your depression (or would help your depression)?
2. She is the kind of person who is not exactly compliant. Her doctor did not put her in a cast but an immobilizer that she can remove, and she takes it off to sleep because the doctor didn't explicitly tell her she had to sleep in it. Also, to get up and down the 4 steps to her house when her husband isn't home (e.g. to go to the doctor), her daughter isn't strong enough to lift her so she puts a slight amount of weight on her toes. The doctor said absolutely no weight on that leg for 3 months. She says "it's just a little weight." I've told her she could cut an artery (it's a jagged fracture) or be permanently disabled, but it doesn't seem to register as a serious risk. I suggested she borrow my shower chair but her husband decided she could stand on one leg long enough to shower and she didn't argue, and sure enough, while getting out she came down on it and said it hurt a lot. How can I encourage her to be compliant?
3. Related to number 2 - where can I ask around for someone to donate some plywood so her husband can build her a wheelchair ramp (or possibly request a volunteer to build the ramp)? The ramp would at least enable her daughter to get her out of the house without her putting any weight on that leg, and I could take her for walks when I can get over there. I already asked Freecycle for the wheelchair and I believe my local Freecycle only allows one Wanted request per month.
Thank you so much.