Adding more “new” things to the list

A few of you guessed correctly that I was about to fulfill one of my 40×40 list items early Saturday morning by taking Trapeze Lessons. However, the day did not really go as planned.

I arrived at Trapeze U at 8am to sign the waiver, get fitted with the safety belt, and start my lesson. I bought a Groupon a few months earlier and this was one of the last weekends it was valid, so the class was pretty full. We have an intern from Germany working at our company for the next six months and she joined me for the adventure as well.

Everything was going great. I got two great turns at the trapeze (the hardest part was climbing the ladder to the platform) and I was able to follow the instructions and swing on the bar. I tried to do the flip dismount but didn’t get enough momentum going with my legs. I landed gently into the safety net laughing. I did all of this TWICE. It was so much fun! I was flying through the air with the greatest of ease!

So there I was, I just finished my second turn at my trapeze lesson. I was coming off the safety net onto the padded platform, which is about 18 inches off the ground. I jumped off of that wrong and landed on the side of my foot. I heard my ankle snap and just went down. My guy called 911. The fire brigade came and put my foot into an inflatable cast. (They joked that they were surprised they had never been to the Trapeze School before! I told them that my injury didn’t happen because if the trapeze, just my own clumsiness!) They put me on a soft stretcher and carried me to the car. My guy drove me to the hospital where they x-rayed it and confirmed that I broke the smaller bone in my ankle.

See that tiny piece separated from my foot? That’s what I broke. The fibular tip. Luckily it is not a weight-bearing bone.

The ER doc assessed the damage before putting the cast on. After my x-ray came back, the doctors were congratulating me on how awesome I broke it. Great. That’s not what I wanted to hear!

My foot was wrapped in gauze, then a piece of padded plaster was fitted to my foot. It runs from the tip of my toes to the back of my knee. The Dr had me press my foot on the floor until the plaster set. No more drippy paper mache cast strips! Once the plaster dried, she wrapped my leg in 3 ACE bandages. I was fitted for crutches, given 3 prescriptions and wheeled out of the hospital back home.

Here I am set up on the sofa. I have my foot propped up and that weird contraption coming out of my foot is the ice pack that I used when I had back surgery. It is connected to a cooler with a motor in it and it circulates ice water through a pad that is wrapped around my foot. Pretty genius. No more drippy zippy bags filled with half-melted ice!

So, to recap:

First time taking Trapeze lessons 
First time having 911 called for me
First time breaking a bone
First time using crutches

Yep, I’d say I got my money’s worth on this 40×40 item.

OH and for the big giveaway, since there were TWO correct guesses, plus ONE cheeky response about a broken ankle, I’ve decided (in my pain medication fog) to give all three commenters a print.

Amy F
Cathy M
Connie K

I’ll be sending your prints out when I can make it to the post office.

And now that I am restricted to sitting down activities, I hope to get caught up on some of my blog posts!


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9 Comments on Adding more “new” things to the list

  1. CB Mauro
    June 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much! Boo for the broken ankle, rest up and make the most of better living through chemistry! Love U!

  2. Amy Fahy
    June 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Awwww! You are so awesome! Not only did you get to cross off one of your 40×40, but you got a great story to tell too! I have always loved your positive attitude and this series of events just shows how much you shine. Love you!

  3. Hollie
    June 22, 2011 at 10:00 am (6 years ago)

    Golly-lolly, Girl! When you do something big, you sure do it BIG! 🙂

    Glad it will heal with minimal inconvenience, but broken ankles really do stink!

    (I can completely empathize with you on this as I’ve actually been there before. My advice to all who read: Don’t wear 10-inch skinny platforms across uneven ground, even if it is for a photo shoot! At least I held out until after the pics were taken… ;D)

    Get well, chica, and don’t tax it too much,

  4. Mindy Lacefield
    June 25, 2011 at 9:45 am (6 years ago)

    hey sweet girl. i am just now realizing that you broke your ankle….ouch!…..and getting out of surgery. here’s to a quick recovery. take care of yourself. love ya!!! xoxoxo

  5. Mindy Lacefield
    June 25, 2011 at 9:46 am (6 years ago)

    i meant to say “just now reading” (on fb)…..xoxo


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