I think it is absolutely amazing how medical physicians can take something like a screw and repair someone’s life. I will forever be thankful to the orthopedic surgeon who worked on my ankle.
I was in college, and it was two weeks after nine-eleven. My aunt, whom I was very close to, also passed away from cancer the week before and I was beginning student teaching. The stress and fatigue apparently brought back an early childhood phenomenon of sleep walking.
Unfortunately, I sleep walked right off the top bunk of a bunk bed. When I woke up on the floor, and tried to stand up, I literally fell over in agony.
I had broken my right ankle (all three bones) and had dislocated it. The doctor was able to put in eight titanium screws and a plate.
It took months for me to walk, and over a year to walk without a limp – but I can walk. It scares me to think what would have happened if medical professionals couldn’t do these things.