Now comes the hard part, living with my leg splint for the next six weeks. The last time I did this was in 1962 when I dislocated my right knee. Back then when one had a limb injury, a cast was placed on the injured limb. I had a cast from my hip to my ankle . . . . . for six weeks. This time I have an adjustable leg brace. Plastic splints are on both sides of the foam wrap which is secured with Velcro.
My injured left leg has to stay in the same position for at least six weeks for the ligaments to heal. At least that's how long I had to have the cast when I dislocated my knee back in 1962 and all I did was stretch my ligaments. I won't know the extent of my ligament damage until after I get an MRI taken of my leg which is schedule for this Monday. The following Monday I meet with my orthopedic surgeon after he analyzes my MRI's. He said there could be minimal damage which, if that is the case, the ligaments will heal on their own. If there is more extensive damage, then I will have to have surgery. Let's hope for the minimal damage scenario.
So here is what it is like living with a leg splint. Simply put, I can't do what I used to take for granted. One of the big things is just sitting at my computer, updating my blog, checking other blogs, my e-mail, sorting my photos and surfing the Internet. I can't sit here too long because it is so uncomfortable. Thank goodness I'm not in pain. I have two prescriptions for Percocet which I haven't filled and won't fill unless I'm in extreme pain. And the only times I've been in extreme pain is four times so far:
- Once when I fell on the ice.
- The second time when I fell inside the hotel lobby and couldn't get up.
- The third time when the EMR guys put me on the stretcher.
- The fourth time when I got home. I fell hard in my bedroom coming out of my bathroom and I turned the corner too fast falling against the subwoofer of my surround sound system and said sub woofer taking a piece of dry wall out.