I was feeling kind of queasy today so I cut out of work about 30 minutes early. I stepped off the sidewalk on my way to the car, and felt/heard something in my right ankle pop.
It hurt SOOOOO badly!! I was half crying and cussed once or twice...Oopsie...My ankle swelled up to 4 times its size and putting ice on it for an hour didn't help much.
Went to urgent care and they were closed, so off to the ER with a $100 copay. I waited for 2 hours to be seen and another hour before I got an xray. They gave me some more ice for my ankle and pain meds to hold me over during the second wait which was soo very nice of them to do!.
The xray showed no break, but the doc said I had some calcification from what looked like an old break. I had hurt it like 10 years ago at one of those knockoff Curves gyms. I was convinced than that I had broken it, but the xrays showed no break. There was talk of a bone density scan to check for a hairline fracture. Instead, there was no scan done. I was told it was a spur and I needed to lose weight so it would stop hurting. Diet and workouts were recommended. Thanks Captian Obvious, but that's what got me here in the first place!!!
I delt with mild swelling and pain for the next few years and it seemed to go away.
Than today happened. The doc didn't seem to think something from that long ago would still affect me now, but I can't think of any other time that I could have broken it without knowing...
They put a splint on it and gave me crutches and rx for stuff to help with the swelling and pain. I was told to stay off it for as much as possible, but I could try to take it off after 1 week to see if it feels better. If so, its a sprain and I should be okay. If not, than we will have to see a orthapedic (sp) to see whats wrong.
My 1rst big issue...How the heck do I get comfortable in this splint? Trying to sleep with it is weird and navigating our tiny apartment with crutches is a challange!
2ond issue...I work retail and am the assistant manager. We are down 1 supervisor right now, which leaves two others, my boss and a supervisor to take the brunt of the work while I heal.
I was given limited work permission from the doc. No lifting any boxes or stuff 15lbs or heavier. Stay off my feet as long as possible, and limit my movement. This is retail!! What I am not allowed to do, is what I do, day in and day out!! I don't want to lose my job over this and I am really worried.
I have insurance and PTO, but $100 copay and whatever bill I get from my insurance company or hospital will be hard to pay as it is. If I get fired, or even get on a poop list over this, its just going to stress me out further...
I am really hoping its just a sprain and nothing more. Sorry..I just needed to vent. I am going to attempt to sleep again with this big ole splint on my foot.