Winter is here and there’s nothing more exciting than to go skiing. That was I thought when I wasn’t injured yet.
My family went for a weekend getaway one month ago in one of the best ski resorts in Melbourne. We have planned this a few months before winter and this is the reason why we went fully prepped before the trip. Unfortunately, our vacation ended to be a not-so-happy one. My right foot ankle got injured due to bad landing. Good thing, we were not at the top of the hill when this happened. Otherwise, I will be calling spectators to watch a commotion.
From the foot of the hill up to the first-aid station, my husband had to carry me because I felt my ankle was broken. Paramedics came and checked. They suspected for fractured ankle bone. I was in pain for several hours until we reached the nearest hospital. The paramedics were right, x-ray showed a fractured bone in my ankle. I was then recommended to undergo surgery.
To cut the story short, I had to take a leave for three weeks because my ankle was cemented and so going to the office was not possible. Having foot surgery in winter is more painful than I thought. Often put hot packs on my ankles just to relieve the suture pain. When my foot condition improved, I was required to take rehabilitation at St Kilda Road physio. Therapists there were very friendly and accommodating, not to mention, certified and professional. My foot therapy was a combination of mild exercise, gentle stretching and few lifting. Massage therapy was also a part of the process.
The entire therapy took ten sessions to complete and I’m proud to have gotten them all. Frequent visits at the clinic made me realize that physiotherapy is not only for people who are injured but also for individuals who are well but are constantly experiencing body pain. Indeed, physiotherapy heals.
I was just so thankful because my recovery period was shortened and now I’m ready to go back to work walking normal and straight. The clinic was just a few minutes from where I work and so I took the chance to pay them a visit before officially getting back. Thanks to a very nice boss because I was granted one month sick leave with pay. I missed my desk, my computer and my friends at the office. It appears to me now that work is such an important factor in life. The next time I’ll be on a ski vacation, I will absolutely be more careful – no more exhibitions and high gliding stuff.