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  1. #51
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    keep working!

  2. #52
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyeaster View Post
    keep working!
    Oh, I am, if I'm allowed to go weight bearing after March 1st there's a really good chance I'm going to attempt to make the first race round of the year later that month - I'll probably be slow as f*&$, but at least I'll be out there and getting on my new bike!

  3. #53
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    Update- I'm now at 20 months post op and life is getting back to my "new normal". I started mountain biking heavily about 14 months and riding motocross again at 17 months. After the accident I swore I wouldn't hit any more triples but been hitting everything the past month and ankle is feeling pretty good (thanks to my kickass Racetech suspension). I use 1-2 rolls of athletic tape before I ride both for support and to keep down swelling and so far so good but I also feel like I'm playing a little Russian roulette. I started skiing 2 months ago and that definitely hurts some but a lot of that is the boot pressing into the 17 screws on my tib and fib. I still feel the ankle every step I take even walking but the pain is bareable. Dr says no to taking out any hardware as he thinks it will cause more harm than good plus I'm not sure I want to go back to no weight bearing for another 2-3 months to let the holes heal up.

    When I push it my ankle gets angry and reminds me that an ankle fusion is likely unavoidable but I'm going to hold off as long as possible so that I don't have to quit skiing. It's been great being able to teach my kids to ski this year and we are going to take the winter off and move out to Colorado for 10 weeks so we can ski almost daily. It's funny how priorities change after something like this and I'm now very motivated to enjoy as much life as possible while my ankle is doing ok. My youngest is 8 so my goal is to hold off the fusion for at least 10 years so that we can recreate as much as possible while he's still at home. I'm very blessed to be doing as well as I am and I never thought my ankle would get this good (I'd say I'm about 66% of what it was) so those of you who are early on and going through the slow, painful, frustrating stage, it will get much better than where you are. The key for me was getting out and really pushing it. My biggest mistake was being non-weight bearing for almost 5 months. My PT said my Ortho was too conservative which really slowed my healing progress. It's a fine line but all I know is that every gain I got came after me pushing it beyond what my Dr suggested. If I could do it all over again I would have started putting light pressure on it at 8-10 weeks just to start introducing a little weight.

  4. #54
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    My last follow up (not quite 9 weeks post-op) didn't go so well. Doc says not enough callous there, so continued NWB status. We'll look again in another 2 weeks, but he didn't sound too optimistic.

    I was beyond disappointed to say the least. While I knew that would have been on the fast end of things, it still was a hard thing to hear after things had looked so good at my 6 week. Plus, the longer this goes on, the more problematic things like transportation places becomes. I can't perma-borrow an automatic, as it is I was scrambling after this last visit to find a vehicle to get me through until I can drive my manual (which may happen after this next visit whether or not I'm "released" for it). Getting too and from work is getting more and more expensive, mostly because there's no good reason for me not to be at the office other than costs of trying to get there!

    So, I'm trying to play the balance game between what my doc is telling me in his conservative way versus what my body and leg are happy with. I've started putting a little weight on it when I'm standing around, around 25-30ish pounds, and my leg seems just fine with it. I'm not doing PWB technically, as I'm not using it to bear weight while moving, but on the flip side it seems happier and seems to actually LIKE being used a little bit. Plus, while the conservative approach may be the safer one, it also tends to drag out some recoveries...so I'm hoping to keep things moving in a positive direction.

    In the meantime, trying to figure out some options assuming things don't look way better. Probably will end up picking up a light weight bike (I can manage a 300 with one leg) to commute on with my annual bonus which I'll hopefully see this month. That would at least levitate the stress of getting to and from work.
    Last edited by HoneyBadger302; 03-06-2017 at 05:00 PM.

  5. #55
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    hang in there, man. stay patient, work hard and you will be in a better spot before long.

  6. #56
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    My 11 week post-op went better, and he released me for weight bearing. Of course, I'm still using a crutch, cane, or both crutches, but I can start using it as my leg allows. PT starts next week. He also released me for riding as long as I'm comfortable holding the bike up, so will try some small bikes over the weekend while I'm watching all my friends race and will try my street bike on Monday if the weekend goes good.

    Will be back at the track on April 9, so have a few weeks to get some strength back in the leg before I'm trying to muscle the new race bike around a track. Definitely going to be painful getting these muscles going again, but at least it's forward progress instead of playing the waiting game.

  7. #57
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    Hey everyone, really happy to have found this forum being that i have recently suffered the same horrible injury. As of 2/15/2017 i took a bad fall on my snowboard off a kicker at snowbasin which resulted in two broken ankles. After ski patrol rescued me, I immediately went to the emergency room and the following day booked a flight from utah back home to new jersey for insurance purposes. Once home, doctors said my right ankle suffered a pilon tibia fracture that would result in surgery and my left ankle had a small fracture that thankfully didn't need surgery but just a boot for 4 weeks (left ankle was only for touch and go purposes, not full weight baring). After 8 days of waiting for the swelling to reduce i went under the knife and had 1 plate and 10 screws inserted. The pain for the following 24 hours was the worst i have ever felt; I previously had a spinal fusion of my L3,L4,L5, S1 which also resulted in hardware and would say I have a high tolerance for pain. 3/13 I saw the surgeon again; he removed the air boot on my left foot, my hard cast on my right, as well as stitches, put my right foot in an air boot which I was still non weight baring, and wrote me a script for physical therapy 3 days a week. After this appointment they gave me crutches and i was out of the wheel chair and full weight baring on my left foot. 4/10/2017 was my most recent appointment with the surgeon in which he said the bone is healing very well, the hardware is all in place, my incisions look great and my ROM is much greater anticipated this early in the healing process. I had a series of questions for the doctor, majority of them were denied, such as driving, but i am allowed to wash but not fully submerse the right ankle in the shower so thats a plus. My next appointment is 5/1 so ill definitely post my follow up. From what the surgeon said at my last appointment, he believes theres a good chance ill be full weight baring as well as driving. Aside from my injuries, im a full time union electrician, (out on disability for 6 months) active body builder weighing anywhere between 220-240lbs with a barbell squat of 585lbs and deadlift of 585lbs. One day i hope to be able to squat just as heavy and workout just as hard prior my recent injury. On the plus side, I follow a healthy and regimented diet, drink plently of water to help flush any fluids, and take a variety of highly recommended, organic vitamins.

  8. #58
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    merscamuch, sounds like you're doing quite well, keep working at it all and it'll pay off.

    As for my status, welp, I was just in surgery this morning again - this time to flush, clean and get some cultures on an infection that tried to manifest over my tibia plate last week. Seems we caught it fast and he was able to leave the hardware in, so I'm still allowed full weight bearing - which is a relief with a race weekend coming up in 10 days!

    Other than this complication though, things seem to have been coming along pretty well once I was moved to weight bearing status. Slow, but very steady progress.

    Mentally I'm doing a million times better, and it's rather nice to sort of have life returning to normal-ish. FINALLY got to break in the new bike that I had bought (the day before breaking my leg)...
    Maiden Voyage last Monday April 10th, 2017:

    Graphics done, only other thing I want to do is powdercoat the rims white:

  9. #59
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    thats a badass picture! glad to see the injury isnt preventing you from doing what you love. how did the doctor determine the need to perform another surgery? was there more pain during this time as well? i definitely got a laugh out of "it's rather nice to sort of have life returning to normal-ish." i cant wait to have that feeling again too

  10. #60
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    Quote Originally Posted by marescamuch View Post
    thats a badass picture! glad to see the injury isnt preventing you from doing what you love. how did the doctor determine the need to perform another surgery? was there more pain during this time as well? i definitely got a laugh out of "it's rather nice to sort of have life returning to normal-ish." i cant wait to have that feeling again too
    Thanks

    The pain with this one was pretty minor - the surgery was to flush the area, debribe any dead tissue, and if the infection location was getting under the plate, then he would have to remove the hardware as well. Thankfully the hardware was able to stay in, so pain right now is pretty minimal, pretty much just where he was working (although I haven't seen is since there's a pretty bulky bandage over it right now).

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