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I'm back after falling and breaking my femur.

Friday, July 21, 2017

On June 10th, I was in a parking lot with my GD, and she ran in front of me stepping on my foot just as I stepped off the sidewalk into the street and I fell and broke my femur. I was wearing $50 Sperry's but they were "flip-flop sandals" none the less.
The doctor said "The femur is the largest bone in the body and very difficult to break, but you have a heinous fracture." It was broken near my hip bone, so they put in a screw and a titanium rod down to my knee where there is another screw, so I'm walking on $10,000 worth of metal now. (Yes, I planned years ago, so today I have full coverage insurance.)
I spent four days in the hospital and had two blood transfusions, then I spent 34 days in rehab. I plan to exercise daily from now on because nothing can ever be more painful than what I've been through. No I don't have osteoporosis.
I'm still walking with a walker and I have a "lift chair" to sleep in at home.
It was an experience that no one could have told me about and only living through it made me realize how I have to keep strong and fit now. I'm 67, so I didn't think I had it in me, but I know now I certainly do.
Thankfully, in April I had started on the diet with Dr. Dean giving me Metformin, Armour thyroid and Bydureon (a weekly shot) even though my blood sugar was 115 and diabetes starts at 126. He said I have Insulin Resistance and it would help. Since then I have had no hunger at all and I'm now at 148. I haven't been down to this weight in over 30 years. I still plan to drop another 20# but have to keep my protein up so I heal.
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    Wow..I can't imagine what you've been going through. And I admire your attitude about getting well on all fronts. emoticon
    1408 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your accident but glad to hear your back and despite your challenges you're committed to keep on Sparking.
    1412 days ago
    1433 days ago
    So sorry to hear what you are going through. You sound like a strong woman, and I have no doubt that you will get better and succeed in your goals!
    1448 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Jib. So sorry to read this injury happened to you, but as usual your positive spirit shows thru. Indeed no matter our age we need to keep as fit as we can for as long as we can. Rock on woman.😉
    1448 days ago
    How awful Jibbie!. I am glad you are able to still walk albeit with the walker.
    the physio and rehab must have helped a lot. I hope you get back to doing
    all the things you like.
    Well done with the weight. emoticon emoticon
    1458 days ago
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    1460 days ago
    OMG! What a nightmare you have lived through! I am so impressed with how you have made it through!!! It makes my puny sickness, Temporal Arteritis, which came on strong and suddenly in May, seem like nothing. The worst part of it for me is the med I'm on, prednisone, which carries various side effects that are challenging.

    The WARRIOR in you has surfaced, never to be hidden again!
    1464 days ago
    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about how your broke your leg! That sounds so painful. I exercise daily, and it's not really painful unless you are going past your level of fitness before you're ready. But that happens sometimes, when you increase your minutes or something, but you just have to do it gradually, very gradually, and be gentle with yourself. I really am sorry about your leg. I'm glad that you are able to walk again. I hope you get to use your bed again soon! Good for you, in planning well for the future!
    1467 days ago
    Wow, that's some learning curve... You remind me I need to keep osteoporosis at bay! Glad you are back!
    1468 days ago
    So glad you got back and updated all your SparkFriends. That sounds like a terrible experience, but one that you have reframed into learning how resilient and determined and strong you can be when you need to. I know that every day you will be a little better, a little stronger, and a little more mobile than the day before. Cheering you on!! emoticon emoticon
    1469 days ago
    So sorry for your fall...glad it wasn't any worse!!! Hang in and you'll get to where you want to be!! God bless YOU!!
    1470 days ago
    Count your blessings that you have health insurance and already started a healthier lifestyle way back when. The unfortunate part is the pain and inconvenience, sorry to hear about that.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    1471 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    Yeowwwww!!! I hope you continue to mend Jibbie. I've missed you. Please let us know how your progress is going. You and me should diet together. I'm having a hard time with my foods. Hugs
    1471 days ago
    Yikes, that's terrible!! Thank goodness you are on the mend. At least you lost some weight due to this so something positive came out of it.
    1471 days ago
    emoticon I am glad you survived to tell about it. That was a terrible fall, but thankfully you have insurance and got the best care.

    Does this mean your femur was replaced with the titanium rod or added to it? I am just curious because I have a neighbor who has the same thing but I never asked.

    Heal quickly and follow the recommended exercises.
    1471 days ago
    God Bless You.

    1471 days ago
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