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Fibro Feelings – Sprain at the Doctor’s

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I thought the hard part was over, I’d paid my co-pay, waited, had my doctor’s appointment, given blood for labs and left the building. I started getting my keys out of my purse and the next thing I knew I was flying forward, catching myself with my palms and chest, a mere ~10 inches from the asphalt. I didn’t know what had happened, but I knew my ankle was throbbing and killing me. I did know I wasn’t able to stand yet, so I tried to gather my belongings together. My doctor notebook and the book I had brought to read had flung out of my purse ~3 feet forward and both my shoes weren’t far away. I had hurt my left ankle, so to stand up I needed to be able to push up with my right hand. The problem was that a had scrapped off 1-2 layers of skin in an ~1 inch x 1/2 inch rectangle on my right hand. It was covered in blood and dirt. I looked around for help and saw nobody. As I was figuring out what I was to do a nurse came jogging out.

Someone in the waiting room had seen me and told them. I told her my problem was mainly just that I couldn’t get up on my own, because of my hand. She said she was going to get a wheelchair and she’d be right back. Next thing I knew, a wheelchair and FIVE nurses were headed for me! LOL! FIVE! I felt like I’d called an ambulance! They helped me into the wheelchair and picked up my purse and shoes. They were talking about seeing if a doctor was available and I told them that I wasn’t sure that I needed to see a doctor. First I just needed to get cleaned up. By this point, I realized my left foot was also bleeding. I was put in a procedure room with one RN who cleaned me all up.

As she carefully cleaned my wounds I just sat there, realizing that this was the first time in my life that I’d been injured and was completely taken care of by someone else. Now I understand why some kids like to be babied. It lets your mind calm down so much faster! I had nurturing parents, but the type that wanted me to be strong. In the parking lot my hands were shaking and my eyes were holding back tears, but by the time the RN checked my vitals they were all back to normal. My doc came in, just to verify it probably a severely hyper-extended sprain and that an ankle wrap should be suffice.

Moral of the story – if you’re going to get hurt, getting hurt ~20 feet from your doctor’s clinic is very convenient! It also somewhat embarrassing, humorous, painful and aggravating. I was so glad it was my left ankle that was sprained because I wasn’t sure I’d have been able to drive myself home otherwise.

Have you ever gotten injured in close proximity to your doctor’s office?

Read how the sprain effected my entire body and my fibromyalgia in Fibro Feelings – Aftermath of the Sprain.

sprained ankle

All wrapped up and staying elevated!*

*Image Credit: from by Foxtongue Photograph


Comment from karen
Time May 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

I fell at my parents’ house one morning and sprained the hell out of my wrist. Good thing I was on the way to my job….at the hospital. I clocked in and said, “I’ll be in the ER if you need me.” Went and got x-rayed and the whole nine yards.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Oh, a hospital, even better than a clinic! =)


Comment from Kelby
Time May 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

That’s crazy! I’m so glad you were taken care of! I only wish that when I fall, it was near my doctor. You have a great doctors office, keep seeing them. :)
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

They were great! Now that I am starting to walk when I want to (sometimes), not just when I need to, I can get into my card box and fetch a thank you card. I’ve been wanting to send the nurses one since the day I fell.


Comment from Micca Burris
Time May 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I just sprained my ankle too. I was just at the dr on Friday, and I hated going back today. Just doing it there would have been more convenient. :D Hope you are on the mend. I’ve never tried sombra gel. Does it work better?


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Oh, no! I hope you heal quickly! I personally like Sombra Gel better than any other topical gel/cream I’ve used. Plus, it doesn’t stink like the others do!


Comment from Amy Kiel
Time May 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hi Felicia,
I am so glad that you were in close proximity to your doctor’s office. When I fell and sprained my ankle a few years ago I was at my neighbor’s house, right across the street from my own home. I missed a step and had my (then) baby in my arms when it happened. I was just so grateful he didn’t get hurt! The pain was intense, I really did a number on my ankle, much like yourself. It took a long time to heal, I sure hope your healing is speedy and that you are not in too much pain!
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Oh goodness, a baby in your arms! I bet you fell even worse since you’d only be focusing on keeping the baby up and safe. Thanks for the well wishes, Amy.


Comment from Gini
Time June 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I have actually passed out at a Prenatal Class held in the hospital.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Yikes, I bet that scared everybody! Did the send you to L&D to get checked out or did someone just come to you?


Gini Reply:

Both really, a doctor came right to the conference room to check me before moving me. Then I travelled my gurney to the er for a closer check. Turned out I was dehydrated from the flu!


Comment from Jennifer
Time June 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

Oh, this sounds awful! Sorry!!

I slipped an fell hard on an icy wheelchair ramp, leaving the clinic after an OB appt. I was 38 weeks pregnant.

Someone saw me fall and told the nurse who phoned me at home to see if I was ok. I literally knocked myself into labor. Thankfully baby girl was fine and born the next day. I was incredibly sore.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

It wasn’t nearly as awful as your fall sounds! I would’ve been so scared if I fell like that while pregnant!


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