Everyday I'm hustling. And crutching.
April 23, 2010 8:44 AM Subscribe
I broke my foot. And am a mess on crutches. Now what? And you are not my doctor, but my doctor won't see me.
In a flurry of industriousness, I flew down the stairs on the DC metro. Only to miss a step and break my fifth metatarsal (specifically, fractured and displaced it). Great. Wonderful. I went to the ER, where they gave me a fiberglass splint and some underarm crutches. Oh dear.
So, a few things:
I have no car. I walk and take DC public transportation everywhere. I live close to one end of the Red Line and work on the other end in Maryland. Elevators exist, but I have to transfer and move around. I also live in a townhouse up two flights of stairs. Any tips on making moving around town easier to handle?
I broke my foot Wednesday. Everything hurts after a day and a half of the crutches - my ribs where the crutches hit, my hands, my good leg. Pretty much the only thing that doesn't hurt is the damn broken foot (which is non-weight-bearing). I have an ulcer, so don't take NSAIDS. How can I make everything feel less hurty?
You are not my doctor. I have not even met my doctor. The nurse in the ER gave me discharge papers telling me to see an orthopedist within 3 days (the displacement is apparently something they want looked at). I called the orthopedist yesterday. He took a look at my X-rays. His office called me back this morning and said he would see me in mid-May. What. Seriously? A walking cast / boot / etc would make my life so much easier, and I would at least like to have that shot down by a doctor before crutching for three weeks. Is it ok to see another doctor, or should I wait?
I currently have a fiberglass splint that I can't get wet, which means sponge baths for everyone! Or just me, actually. Also, I am moving the second week in May, which promises to be a challenge. General tips on crutching, reducing my whining, swallowing my pride and asking for help for people, and navigating public transportation all really appreciated.