Broken Bones

As you may know, I currently am sporting a bright yellow cast. You might be wondering how this happened? It really is a funny story. I was at home on a Monday (Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts…also Marathon Monday) on the computer waiting for Mr. Beanstalk to be done at work because we had an ice cream date! I had been sitting on my right foot, like I always do, and then got up to check my phone to see if he had left yet. (I was really craving ice cream!)

I went to step down, but I couldn’t feel my foot—it dawned on me in that moment that it had fallen asleep. It was too late. I fell to the floor and all of my weight landed on the lateral part of my foot. I knew it wasn’t good. I could somewhat move my foot, so I figured it was just a sprain.

I took the next two days off of work to heal my injury. I had a meeting a few days later, so I had to go in. I wrapped my foot up in a bandage and hobbled in to work. I was fine at first; I was walking on my heel (probably not a good idea), but where I work and what I do requires a ton of standing and walking and lifting and whatnot. By lunchtime I was hobbling at a snail’s pace.

A few people told me I should go see a doctor because it could in fact be something a bit more serious than a sprain. The rest of the day I debated, to go or not to go? A few friends told me it couldn’t be broken because I would be in more pain and it would more than likely heal on its own. Ultimately, I decided to get it checked out (it’s always better to err on the side of caution). So after work I drove to the local hospital and admitted myself into the ER.

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It’s a good thing I recently painted my toes!

I was there a few hours and Mr. Beanstalk, being the loving fiance that he is, left work to meet me. He got there just after I had my right foot X-rayed. When the doctor came in he told us the news: I had broken one of my metatarsal bones and would need a special boot and crutches!! Six to eight weeks was the estimated healing time. I was told to see a specialist who would further help treat me and better diagnose my injury.

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Can you spot the fracture? It’s way on the right in the little box.

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X-ray of my foot up close

Even though I was advised to stay off of my foot, I went to work the next day (and hopped up four flights of stairs on one foot to get there!). Between the hopping and the crutches, I was exhausted by the time I arrived! I was only there a few hours, long enough to speak to HR and tie up any loose ends as far as scheduling goes.

I spent the next few days leading up to my visit to the specialist either lying in bed or on the couch. I felt useless. I couldn’t do anything. I was completely sore from the crutches. I had never felt so helpless. Everything I did had to be planned out (even my trips to the bathroom) because, once I was sitting, I wasn’t getting up for a while. I’m normally a very clean person and often spend my days off doing house chores like laundry and tidying up. I couldn’t do any of that.

I thought I would see the specialist and he would tell me my foot magically healed and give me a walking boot so I could return to work! That didn’t happen. (What can I say? I’m a dreamer!) I ended up getting a fiberglass cast and strict orders to stay off of my foot for the next two weeks. So much for work!

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I wore my skinny jeans to see the specialist, not even thinking a cast was a possibility. I was sent home to change into sweats so that the cast could be applied!

Knowing our engagement photos would be shot with me in a cast, I had to choose a cast color that would go with my vision and theme (plus most of my wardrobe because I couldn’t be clashing). Sadly, they didn’t have teal, so I opted for a bright, cheery yellow! It really is a ray of sunshine on my foot! Ideally, I would love to take our photos sans cast and crutches, but we already have our tickets and travel arrangements, so rescheduling isn’t an option. I’m just going to make the most of my situation. I’m not going to worry about the little things. You have to take what life gives you and if it’s lemons, well, than make the best darn lemonade!

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My new friend for the next few weeks!

My unofficial anthem is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” I’ve listened to it 100 times since I hurt my foot. It really is true…”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” At the end of the day I have to laugh and find humor in it all. Who would have thought all of this would result from a foot that fell asleep?

Have you hurt yourself prior to any wedding activities? How did you deal?

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Mrs. Beanstalk

Location:
Boston/Delray Beach
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    therascalqueen 204 posts, Helper bee @ 6:57 am

    That exact thing happened to my grandmother! Who knew having your foot fall asleep could be so dangerous! At least you’ll be in fighting shape for the wedding : )

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:59 am

    I’m being way more careful when my foot falls asleep now!! You have an excellent attitude about it, Miss B!

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    AutumnJoy 14 posts, Newbee @ 7:07 am

    Was sporting the same cast in purple end of Oct, through the day after Christmas! You do have a great attitude, and you’ll need it because it is not easy! Once you start to become weight bearing, it gets much easier! I would suggest a shower stool, garbage bag and duck tape for showering. And a hand shower nozzel (as if the shower stool didn’t make you feel enough like an old lady! haha!) And, take those pain killers…I found that 50% of taking them was for the pain, and 50% was from the uncomfortablness and just getting through the day. (I only missed the day that I broke the ankle, I have a desk job.) Good luck, I hope you heal quickly!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:19 am

    At least you’re taking a positive outlook! One of my bride friends broke her hand running into a door when our shared caterer called. They tried putting her in a cast, but she declined because of the wedding. The Army also kept asking her if her fiance was beating her.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:25 am

    So sorry for your broken foot, but your attitude is very inspiring :) I’ll definitely be more careful when I try to walk after my foot falls asleep.

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 7:34 am

    You have no idea how often I’ve been afraid of doing that very thing since I sit with a foot tucked under me quite often!

    Here’s to fast healing and a continuation of your good spirits!

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    clumsylawyer 1351 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:36 am

    I’m always injuring myself at karate sessions and I wonder whether I should have a couple of weeks off before the wedding, just to make sure I don’t have a black eye or something on the day! Hope your recovery is nice and speedy.

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    thefuturemrspage_xx 253 posts, Helper bee @ 8:24 am

    Awwww hun I’m really sorry to hear this :( But I love that you’re being as positive about it as you can. Thats the important part! <3

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    Napakitten 137 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:26 am

    I was in a bad UTV accident back in October, my whole forearm was ripped open and my ulna (bone in your arm)crushed, I was in a cast for 5 months, the bone is still not totally healed but my doctor took pity on me and took me out of my cast and into a splint because he knew my wedding was quickly approaching! we were never able to do real engagement pics because of the cast, but we did a few with me just hiding the cast.

    My forearm is also scared up pretty bad…looks almost like a burn but with scratches in it…but it is funny that bothers people more than it bothers me. To me the scar represents the 3 mo off work I had on disability that gave me more time with my kids and my family, and time to work on my wedding, and just enjoy life! So for me I will wear scar proudly on my wedding day, because it is who I am now!!

    good luck with your healing!!! and great color on the cast…i had every color imaginable..toward the end we got creative and had stripped green and red christmas one, and my favorite was I had a black cast and we painted white polka dots on it!

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    Jamiezilla 436 posts, Helper bee @ 8:33 am

    Thank you for posting this cautionary tale. I almost had the same thing happen to me. I got up after sitting on my foot and tried to walk on it while it was still curled and fell over. Luckily I didn’t break anything. You have a great attitude about the whole ordeal. Quite inspiring :)

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:16 am

    You have a really impressive attitude.
    I’m sure your pictures will be extremely unique and some day you’ll look at your e-pics and smile at how special this time is, cast and everything.

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    Libby, Guest @ 9:25 am

    ohh my gosh!! all over a silly foot falling asleep?! that is terrible/hilarious! luckily your wedding isnt until october :)

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 9:45 am

    I broke 4 metatarsals in an awkward fall- it was severe, needing 3 surgeries and 16 weeks in the cast before the boot, but I did the same thing- hemmed and hawed before going to the hospital. Snaps for having a great attitude about it all- I totally empathize!

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    sdub2bsben 76 posts, Worker bee @ 9:49 am

    OMG! You have a very good attitude about it… My dad fell yesterday and broke his elbow and we thought tore his ACL, I was freaking out. I am making him get a red cast to match our wedding colors :)

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:53 am

    Wow, I’ve never broken boned because my foot fell asleep but I have torn ligaments on the outside of my foot just near my ankle bone.

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:53 am

    *bones

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    Stefanie, Guest @ 10:07 am

    I shattered my patella (knee bone) four months before our wedding. I spent 8 weeks immobilized and the then 4 weeks in physical therapy relearning how to walk without swinging my leg and limping. Needless to say dancing was restricted to middle school swaying and I wore black flat atletic shoes with velcros under my dress because the heels put too much pressure on my knee.

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    coyote 1611 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:34 am

    Oh my gosh! I am so sorry this happened to you, but you deff have a great attitude about it!

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    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 11:07 am

    Oh my god, you poor thing! Glad to hear you aren’t letting it get you down though :) At least this didn’t happen right before the wedding, right? Love the color you chose!

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 11:10 am

    Poor you! I hope you were as upbeat in real life as you seem in your post!
    Last time I broke a bone, they didn’t offer me an exciting colour, just standard white, and I hated it!
    I’m sure your engagement pics will be gorgeous anyway, and it’s a great excuse to get more pictures done, if your budget allowed.
    Oh, and it’s also an interesting story and will make your pics that bit different to other people’s! It won’t just be ‘another photo shoot’! You’ll be original! :)

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    sandiegosarah 61 posts, Worker bee @ 12:48 pm

    Good for you for going ahead with your engagement pictures. The day before our scheduled engagement shoot (which was going to be on Friday the 13th), I got the dreaded phone call that my FI was in an accident at work. He was training on ATVs and went flying after hitting a divot in the road. Engagement shoot was promptly canceled because even best case scenario would have him in pain.
    Luckily for him nothing was broken and he was just bruised and battered. Since we were cutting it close on pictures as is (they were scheduled in April and we are getting married in June) our new date is two weeks before our wedding. I wasn’t planning on using them for anything at the wedding, so no big wrench in our plans.
    Kudos for color coordinating the cast! You always have to think of the big picture.

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    luckyduckinlove 220 posts, Helper bee @ 2:19 pm

    I literally had the same thing happen several weeks ago and i went with a cast in my wedding color too! Fortunatley I didn’t have any wedding pictures to do and they only put me in the cast for 2 weeks, so I was all set!

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 12:35 am

    i broke BOTH (!) of my arms in my senior year of hs just weeks before prom. one was able to come off just a few days before, but i ended up sporting a lovely red arm cast and a wrist brace at prom. i took off the brace and hid my cast behind my friends for pictures, but my sister made me wave with my club hand for one picture. I bet your photographer will be able to creatively keep the cast out of a lot of pictures, and the ones where he/she cant, those cast pics will always be good fro a few laughs :)

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 am

    So sorry you broke your foot but you have an amazing attitude about it – not to mention you will always have a heck of a story to tell! Way to rock such a fun color!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 1:20 pm

    @AutumnJoy: I actually bought a plastic bag with a hole in it from a medical store that the doctor recommended I use for showering….the hole part is super tight so no water gets in…. even with the bag, I still really dislike showering! It’s so hard on one foot! I really should look into getting a stool! While I was in Miami visiting, my parents brought in a plastic chair for me use in the shower (it was AMAZING)!!
    @Napakitten: I’m sorry to hear about your injury… it sounds like you have a really good attitude about it. All you can do is stay positive and be thankful that it wasn’t worse!
    @Miss Archer: Miss Archer you were in the cast for 16 weeks?!?! I can’t imagine that!!! I’m so happy to hear you had a good recovery though! =)
    @Stefanie: OMG, I’m sure that was such a stressful time! I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better and that after some physical therapy were able to walk down the aisle at your wedding!
    @FutureMrsDino: I am a pretty upbeat and happy girl. I will say having this cast on for (now going on 4 weeks) has been VERY hard!! All I can do is stay positive =)

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 1:22 pm

    @sandiegosarah: I’m so happy to hear that your fiance is okay! That must have been so scary for the both of you! At least you’re still able to take the pictures!!

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    goodgirl101 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:57 pm

    my shower/bachelorette party is in a few weeks and i just found out i’m not getting my cast off for it and i’m sooooo bummed. jumped on here to see how other bees have dealt with it emotionally, etc. and was reading your posts. thanks for being so upbeat. you cheered me up. crutches in a bar was not exactly what i had envisioned (sigh), but i guess there’s nothing i can do about it.

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    Christy, Guest @ 10:28 pm

    I just found this and am thinking I should go in now. I was sitting on my right foot Thursday at the computer and my foot fell asleep, like it usually does. I got up to do my weird tippy toe walk to wake it up.. As soon as I stepped on the ball of my foot, it “fell” down and I heard a whole bunch of popping/crunching sounds! I’ve been on crutches since then. (Its monday night) The swelling comes and goes. There’s a really light bruise from my ankle to my pinkie toe and then half way to the top of my foot. I keep thinking the same way, maybe if I stay off it for a whole week it will be walkable /weight bearing by then ???? Ughhhh I don’t have insurance and don’t want to pay money to hear a dr say RICE and no work. I am a hairstylist! I need to get back to work!! LoL ;)

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    goodgirl101 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:15 pm

    definitely go to the dr, Christy!!! crunching is never good. good luck!!!

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