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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    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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    Mrs. 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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    Mrs. 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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    Mrs. 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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