How an injury ruined my life overnight

How an injury ruined my life overnight

Dumped in the slow lane – How an injury ruined my life overnight, and how to not want to kill yourself while recovering.

I love my life when it’s hectic. Like a typical young Londoner I am always unapologetically busy, enjoying restaurants, bars, work, projects, birthdays, sporting activities, the gym, coffee, alcohol, loud music, and very little sleep. 

However that all came to an end in mid July when I accepted a sporting invitation to help one of our clients beat a rival team. 

In addition to playing netball for the first in a long time, I had been walking in a festival over the weekend and chased Pokemon through the city of London, ignoring my muscle aches as usual, because that’s what silly young people do. We don’t stretch, rarely warm up properly and then we stroll onto a netball court assuming that everything is fine, because it usually is. 

I would like to describe an enthralling flying interception that lead to both the winning goal and my injury, but that would be a complete lie.  Although I still save this story for those that think netball is boring because “you don’t move”. My left ankle and I can assure you that there is plenty of action involved. 

A very anticlimactic run for the ball in the last few minutes of the game resulted in a pop to my left ankle, and the feeling that someone had taken a baseball bat to my foot. Fairly sure that I hadn’t pissed anyone off this time while going for the ball, I quickly dismissed the pop as my imagination, and waited for the pain to subside, but it didn’t. 

Assuming that it was just a sprain, I was piggybacked off the court to the sound of the final whistle. Jubilant that we FINALLY BEAT PINSENT MASONS LLP*, I ordered an uber home, texted my manager to say that I MAY not be at work tomorrow, and advised that we won, which is all that mattered. Silver linings. 

The reality of the situation started to sink in once I was on my way. Sick of the outrageous life dramas and tragedies that my uber driver shared during the ride home, I decided to change course to the nearest hospital just in case my foot really had fallen off and I hadn’t realised. This lead to the discovery of a complete Achilles tendon rupture, resulting in me being out of action for the foreseeable future (3+ months), with my leg put into plaster cast. Dire situation. I will welcome all violins and various other string instruments if you wish to create an orchestra at this stage. 

injury - Achilles tendon
injury - Achilles tendon

Whilst my friends (as well as being disgusted by my description of my injury) were so very jealous of my impending months of Netflix and duvet days, I however was NOT impressed. There are only so many programmes I can watch before I’m itching to get up, and I really, really missed my gym.
The first week of my injury was spent lying in bed feeling sorry for myself, being taxied around by my boyfriend enabling me to play Pokemon go (this is a serious thing), and accepting that life as I knew it was over for now.

Upcoming weddings, birthdays, carnival weekend- these all had to be reworked or cancelled completely. Luckily I’ve been able to work from home on a project, so I’m not clawing my eyeballs out just yet. But accepting that I cannot live my regular life has been as difficult to swallow as the oversized Naproxen given.

Having a friend that has the same injury a year ago playing netball (evil, evil sport) has been a great help to me, from absorbing all of my worries, to showing me a Facebook group for tragic people like us. I love a good Facebook stalk, so I’ve spent countless hours comparing injuries and recovery routes.  It is also nice to know you are not alone in your despair over a ruined summer.

My advice to anyone with an injury or illness rendering you useless for the next few months, or even years – Don’t try to replicate your old life. It will just frustrate you, and it’s exhausting. Create new experiences. There are still so many things that I CAN do. Like talk, laugh, and use the Internet (the latter important of course). I have the time to get in contact with old friends, organise my life, learn new skills, research, read and relax. And hopefully these are things that you can do too.
Life in the slow lane takes some adjusting to, but in time you WILL feel better.  I’ve been out to restaurants, the cinema, and even bars with little difficulty (people are so much nicer to you when they see crutches and a cast!) which has kept me feeling positive.

I get offered free tables at bars, chairs appear out of nowhere and people fall over themselves to help me get anything that I need. I’m also extremely grateful for my wonderful friends that have picked me up and taken me out, and just generally kept me cheerful so far. Navigating crutches following a bottle of wine and more than a few glasses of Prosecco may not have been a grand idea, but the less said about that the better.

Uber is great for getting out and about on crutches and Karhoo are very generous with their free ride codes when you sign up. Being unable to walk hasn’t stopped me from doing as much as I had feared.
This post was inspired by a book (and film) called “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes and I would recommend you all read and/or watch it. It definitely made me put things into perspective, and I had an appreciation for my temporary situation. Life is for living, and I aim to make the most of any situation I am thrown in to.

Outside of the dramatics and inspiring quotes however, this is a really crappy injury with a stupidly long recovery period, and I can’t wait to get back to work, my hobbies and general ambling around in the city of London without having to rely on cabs.

I’ve told my regular Fitbit competitors that I’ll be beating them with 20k daily steps once I’m out of my cast, and my Pokedex will be complete by December. I’ll even walk to my corner shop for once. Never again will I complain about taking the stairs, and I may just run for the bus one day.**
Until then I’ll just have to take it slow. Any Netflix show recommendations?

*Law firm. Unbeaten at netball as long as I have worked with my client, UNTIL NOW!
** All complete lies.

Lizzy shares her #Lblogger views and opinions whilst #TBlogging around the world. In Layman’s terms… she’s a Lifestyle and travel blogger. Not only is she a young career focussed professional, she’s Starbucks and Zara enthusiast. She’d like to settle down and have kids, but all in good time.
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29 Comments

  1. Sareta

    I feel your pain… not literally because I’ve never ripped a tendon (ouch) – but I do know what it’s like to be out of action and on crutches! It’ll pass and it will be like a terrible distant memory. Whilst you’re getting some important Netflix time in have you watched Stranger Things? It’s meant to be fab- it’s currently on my bucket list! 🙂

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    • Lizzy

      Ooh haven’t heard of Stranger things. Will give it a look!

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  2. Tanya

    Well at least the cast is purple – AMAZING!! HAHA!!! X

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    • Lizzy

      lol! silver linings…

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  3. Molly

    This is molly i love this post x

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you Molly! 🙂

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  4. Storm

    Hahah love it doll! I had my violin out got for you. Netball is no joke. So many injuries. Enjoy life in the slow lane and honestly….we GOT to catch them all.

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! Pokemon addict out here!

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  5. Tina

    I had no idea netball was so risky! But in all seriousness this is a really annoying thing to happen during the summer! I hope it doesn’t ruin too many plans. I also love that you mention “Me Before You” I just read that book and can’t wait to find the sequel!! As for Netflix, American Horrorstory is, while gory, totally binge worthy.
    Good luck, great post!
    Tina

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! It hasn’t stopped me from doing anywhere near as much as I thought, thankfully. The sequel is good, I still prefer the first book though! You should deffo give it a read. I will look up American Horrorstory, although I am a wimp when it comes to scary things!

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  6. Sophie

    Lizzy’s diaries…or the art of getting the balance right between tears and laughter! What an entertaining read 🙂 On a serious note, I REALLY feel it for you girlie. I know what it’s like. Just visualise yourself a few months from now looking back at what you went through. See what you’ve overcome and achieved. That will hopefully help you see the light at the end of the tunnel whenever you find yourself stuck inside it! Xx

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you Sophie! These months need to fly by, I will have so much spinning to catch back up on! x

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  7. Gwen Daniels

    I’ve quite enjoyed being an actually ‘mum’ again to my daughter, even if it is for a short while. Get well soon! Mum x

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    • Lizzy

      Thanks mum! I will remember that when I ask for water for the 100th time – you enjoy it really! x

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  8. Yetti

    Me, being the drama queen that I am, would be laying in a dark room planning on who to gift my belongings to after the injury tragically consumed the rest of my body. But you, on the other hand, turned it into a lesson learned. And an entertaining one at that. You, my friend, are an amazing writer.

    Sending you best wishes for the ankle! You’ll be up and about in no time!

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    • Lizzy

      lol! There is a reason I wrote this three weeks after my injury – it’s taken me this long to see the funny side, and lesson learnt! The first week was spent in absolute misery >_< and thank you so much for the compliment, I feel like I have a long way to go in terms of my writing, but I have to keep practising and reading, especially amazing blogs like yours!

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  9. Zara

    Seriously that description made me wince and that didn’t sound like it was the full account haha! I love how Pokemon go is what is making you want to get out more hehe – wishing you a speedy and safe recovery X!

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    • Lizzy

      Haha Pokemon is actually a life saver! Thanks! x

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! Will be sure to check out your blog 🙂

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  10. L - Motherhood Reconstructed

    Loved Me before You! Haven’t seen the film yet but the book was amazing, glad it have you some perspective. I’ve been on crutches and it sucks! My recovery wasn’t nearly as long as your thoughs but I do remember one man lifting me onto a train as the gap was too wide for me to navigate, something about crutches brings out the best in people lol. Wishing you a swift recovery. Sense 8 on Netflix is defo worth a watch x

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! I haven’t been brave enough to try public transport yet >_< but I deffo agree, people are so much nicer to you when they see crutches! And I will give Sense 8 a look! x

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  11. Tiffany

    I hope you get better super soon! Pokemon and FitBit will be waiting ;). As far as Netflix goodies, Stranger Things is a must!

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! Stranger things has had loads of recommendations now, will deffo check it out!

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  12. Maca

    Hang in there my girl, time will fly super fast you’ll see! At least that cast is da bomb in purple:)
    xo,
    Maca
    http://www.heymaca.ca

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! I deffo stood out in purple haha

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  13. Nikita | Being Mamma Bear

    Oh dear! The injury sounds awful. It’s great that you have a wonderful support system around you and are able to have fun. I wish you a quick and healthy recovery.

    P.S. I don’t think there’s a thing such as ‘too much of Netflix’ 😛

    Nikita. 🙂

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    • Lizzy

      Thank you! I agree, will have to start binge watching soon!

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  14. Chicago Ray 50

    I see this is from 2016 but I had this same type of thing happen to me in 1998. Just diagnosed with MS, I was at a hospital getting evaluated for some meds for MS that cost 6 grand a month and do nothing.. left the office in Snakeskin 3inch rider heel boots, in the dark, stepped in a small pothole i didn’t see. Broke my ankle terribly. I was dropped from Humana 3 months before when they found out I had MS.. SO I had no insurance, coudn’t afford an MRI without stiffing the hospital. (in hindsight, what I should have done”

    I laid on the ground for an hour before someone helped me.. I didn’t have my cell phone with me, those old banana phones.. SO the ER is about 1000 feet away and I can’t get off the ground… They tell me with ct scan it’s a severely strained ankle. They casted it up.. 4 months later, I couldn’t even step on my left leg for 3 months, lost my job, wich turned out to be my last good one I’ll ever have, and the cast came off, my peroneal nerve was apparently torn and I had foot drop and still do.

    MS didn’t ruin my life, I survived a right temporal lobe brain tumor in college in 87, but had to drop out because of the lengthy recovery time, never went back, and now with foot drop, can’t blue collar work anymore, no degree, MS< I'm a ruined man.. FOREVER.. All because of a lousy broken ankle not treated properly from a hole in A HOSPITAL parking lot..

    We didn't sue because I just thought in time in would heal like everything else has.. NO DICE.. Today, I have the most miserable life it's just too much to even talk about.

    I feel your pain, people have no idea how your life can be destroyed by a broken ankle and or foot drop.. Its miserable. Good luck to you or anyone else in the same predicament. 🙁

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