Wednesday, May 06, 2009

How my broken (but slowly mending) ankle is like our broken (but slowly mending) economy


  1. Both were incredibly painful at the moment of the snap -- and still ache now.
  2. Both caused trauma and shock.
  3. Both are still fragile and can’t withstand any sudden, unexpected impact.
  4. In both cases, the recovery is much slower than most people realize.
  5. In both cases, we’re very tentatively back on our feet, but just barely limping along.  Baby steps.
  6. If we get cocky, believing we’re good to go, and try to race along as if nothing happened, we’ll be right back to square one.
  7. Even on the first anniversary of the fall, it’ll be best to move with caution.
  8. It’s hard to get out of the “fear that it will happen again” mind-set.
  9. Support from friends and family have made both more bearable.
  10. In both cases, we got screwed (screws).

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Lorrene said...

I can sure sympathize with you. I just had knee surgery for a torn cartlidge and my knee hurts constantly. I can't even sleep because of the pain. I cannot take the narcotic pain meds because of my sleep apenea and the ibuprophen is making me sick. I really am sorry for you.

Jeff said...


I could not have said it better... Your ankle buddy in Idaho.


Tonya said...

I have never broken an ankle (or any bone, for that matter). But through your ongoing "documentary" of all that you've been through these past months, I feel like I've hobbled along beside you, and have even felt the PAIN. (Because I HAVE felt horrible pain before from godawful sciatica, so I do understand "10+" on a scale of 1-10). Man, it's scary how quickly something can happen to alter our lives.

Sounds like your job is extremely busy, but I "guess" that's a good thing? I have a coworker whose sister works in Microsoft HR and she is a basket case with all the layoffs and the emotion that goes with that. Could NOT DO HR!

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