So, originally this road trip was to have taken place at the end of February, 2017. Ha! I may have mentioned that I have this pesky disease called MS, and I tend to fall because of it. Well, I am also heat intolerant and extreme cold weather makes me stiffen harder than frozen taffy.
Anyway, on Thursday, January 12, it was rather cold here in Knoxville. I knew it was going to be a difficult day when I woke up stiff and in pain. My body warned me, gave me an explanation via stiff muscles, never the less, I persisted. Which would have been fine, except for the ill-fated trip to Wal-Greens.
See, if you have MS, you tend to have not only stiff muscles, but leg spasms.Usually at the worst time: in a work meeting, on a date, walking the dog or, in my case, walking through Wal-Greens. My right leg spasmed and I landed horribly wrong.
Thinking it was just a really, really bad sprain, I insisted I was fine. Well, it took me 45 minutes to make it out of the store, swearing I was fine (BTW, people with MS and other chronic diseases often say “I’m FINE,” even though we aren’t), I drove home.
Insisting it was just a horrible sprain, I elevated my right leg, iced it and two hours later, when I couldn’t walk to the bathroom to pee, I told my neighbor we should go to urgent care. Which we did. And the x-ray revealed that after numerous sprained ankles I the last year, this one was a break.
A nice spiral fracture of my fibula, at the ankle! I was instructed to get to an ortho ASAP. But first, I needed to make it through the night, just me and the dog.