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Old 09-04-2008, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so here is the deal. 2 Sundays ago (the 24th) I was drunk and stupid and tried to break a board with my foot and before you ask there was an actual reason for this. We had a firepit going and I needed the board to be smaller to fit in the firepit (but still a stupid move on my part I know). So anyways, I ended up in the ER on Monday because of the pain. First doc. said it was just a bruise contusion and in 4 days I would be fine. After 6 days I still couldn't walk on it so I went back to the ER. They re-took x-rays again and a different doc. thought there might be a crack in my ankle. So they sent me to a Foot/Leg sugery specialist. I saw him today and he said there was a lateral crack in the ankle and that I had 4-6 weeks till full recovery, but he did state that he wanted me to start putting some weight on the ankle. So he took off the cast that I was in from the ER and put me in an aircast instead. I told him that I had a huge golf outing on Sunday that I couldn't miss (we are 2 time defending champs in this scrambles tourny). He laughed but told me "sure, but it will hurt." I was pleased with that answer and really didn't listen to anything else he said since I already heard what I wanted. Anyways, I am just checking with you all about this and what you think. He didn't say that golfing would cause me to make the crack any worse. So do I have anything to worry about???????? Anyone have a situation like this or any docs that can reassure me that I wont cause more damage? I am thinking that since he didn't say it would cause anymore problems that I should be good to go. He just said it would be painful and just thought it was funny that someone with a cracked ankle's only worry was to play golf on Sunday. Any thoughts would be helpful
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I broke my ankle in 2 spots back in high school while car surfing and was put in an air cast as well. I skateboarded and snowboarded while in the cast the entire 6 weeks and all was fine. It might hurt some because of the swelling, but hell, you can always rent a golf cart.
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Didn't you slice the end of your finger off with a box cutter or something not too long ago? Maybe I should take out an insurance policy on you
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why would he do that?
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Didn't you slice the end of your finger off with a box cutter or something not too long ago? Maybe I should take out an insurance policy on you
C, I sure did. That is still healing now too. LOL, I am an accident waiting to happen
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That just doesn't seem like a good idea at all
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I broke my ankle in 2 spots back in high school while car surfing and was put in an air cast as well. I skateboarded and snowboarded while in the cast the entire 6 weeks and all was fine. It might hurt some because of the swelling, but hell, you can always rent a golf cart.
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I appreciate the feedback. Makes me more at ease. Just a little worried, and didnt want to mess it up more than I already have. And renting a cart will happen anyways but with as much movement and pressure that you put on your ankle when swinging that is what I was most worried about. But if you were doing all that with an aircast and nothing happend afterwards, then I am not too worried. I used to skateboard and I know how much pressure you put on an ankle to do that. Thanks for the input
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Go out and hit a bucket or 2 of balls and see how it feels. If the pain is unbearable then don't play, otherwise, suck it up Nancy and get out there
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Go out and hit a bucket or 2 of balls and see how it feels. If the pain is unbearable then don't play, otherwise, suck it up Nancy and get out there
lol, plan on hitting some before the round. And there really isn't an option of not playing Pskell. I don't think you read the story clearly......we are two time defending champs. I have to defend my crown I will be out there no matter what happens. And I am sure beer, beer and more beer will be the ticket for the pain. I am taking a tip from Tiger, play through pain to win.
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It probably dulls the pain from the accident........in addition to help causing it
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Just curious, but how did this warrant one, let alone two, trips to the ER? People going to the ER unnecessarily leads to higher health care costs for everyone.
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Just curious, but how did this warrant one, let alone two, trips to the ER? People going to the ER unnecessarily leads to higher health care costs for everyone.
well I would say a broken ankle would be a good reason to go to the ER for trip number one. As for trip number two, that really isn't my fault. The first ER doctor missdiagnosed me and said I didn't have a break in the ankle and that it was just bruised (The second ER doc found the break which led me to be put into a cast). I was sent to a Foot specialist to see if there was need for surgery on my foot. So I would say this was all necessary trips.....that or to save on the second trip, the ER doctor should have looked at the X-rays alittle better to save me the hassel of having to visit more than once. JMO though I guess
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I think a lot of people are misinformed as to what an ER should be used for. In my opinion, the emergency room is to be used for life threatening ailments, injuries, etc. that need to be treated ASAP. As you have demonstrated, you can live with and even mobilize yourself with a broken ankle and therefore, again in my opinion, it is not a medical emergency.
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I think a lot of people are misinformed as to what an ER should be used for. In my opinion, the emergency room is to be used for life threatening ailments, injuries, etc. that need to be treated ASAP. As you have demonstrated, you can live with and even mobilize yourself with a broken ankle and therefore, again in my opinion, it is not a medical emergency.
Either way like we both stated, it was our opinions. I look at any kind of bone breaking as an emergency that needs to be treated before you make it even worse and end up having to receive surgery which will end up costing even more for insurace companies in the end.
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Holy crap ...you're living in dream land otmack2o....I'm taking it you're in health care and get sick of whiney people coming in the ER (GOMERS..Get Out of My Emergency Room).

I worked in healthcare for 16 years and became so irritated of it I'm now getting my Masters in Teaching.

But give the guy a BREAK....At least he was actually hurt and not one of the 20 drug seekers that drop by the ER each night.

And yes once again an ER doc screws up a diagnosis becasue your ankle was probably to swelled to get a good scan...you should have been refered the first night...Dr Bonehead...or foot in this case strike again!

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Yea when i fractured my ankle I just took a week off work then went back, they gave me crutches and some ankle brace thing but never used the crutches. Luckily it was just a stress fracture.

Someone fell on the back of my leg at a concert.

I also laugh, because a broken ankle warrants a trip to any dr's.
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Yea when i fractured my ankle I just took a week off work then went back, they gave me crutches and some ankle brace thing but never used the crutches. Luckily it was just a stress fracture.

Someone fell on the back of my leg at a concert.

I also laugh, because a broken ankle warrants a trip to any dr's.
Yes a trip to the Doctors...No to a trip to the ER. He said he went on Monday...call your family DR, go to a walk in clinic, get the x-ray papers and get them done. As someone said, that's why healthcare costs are out of control...people go to the ER for colds and other reasons that could be taken care of at your DR office!!
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This really wasn't meant to be a argument about where to go for a broken ankle. As we all can see, some agree with me going to the hospital and some think I should have went to family doctor. I personally think that going to a family doctor for a broken ankle is a joke since they wouldnt be able to tell you anything since they dont do xrays. They send you to someone who does. So that would warrant two trips to two different places when instead I went to just the ER where they can do everything (which going to two different places instead of one would cause more bills and higher healthcare). But either way like I said this wasnt meant to be a discussion of where to go or who to see. This was meant to see what others thought I should do with my problem. Thanks to those who actaully helped me or added some discussion that I was looking for.
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Not to add to the semi-offtopicness, but to clarify that going to the ER and going to the hospital are not the same thing.

P.S. When I broke my ankle a year and a half ago, I went to my family doctor where they put a cast on it for me and gave me crutches
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Not to add to the semi-offtopicness, but to clarify that going to the ER and going to the hospital are not the same thing.

P.S. When I broke my ankle a year and a half ago, I went to my family doctor where they put a cast on it for me and gave me crutches
well I guess you got a great family doctor then because when I broke my elbow a few years ago skateboarding, mine sent me to the ER to get a cast and xrays.

All this started with "offtopic" discussion since this thread had nothing to really do with healthcare bills/plans/highercost ect.

But anyways, maybe we all can move on from this discussion since we all have different views/opinions ect.
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I would as well go to the ER, I believe ER's are there for life-threathening illnesses, injuries, etc. as well, but they are also there if you are in alot of pain

hell about 10 years ago or so I went to the doctor for a checkup and my blood pressure was real high so he told me I needed to go to the ER, if thats the case from him, im sure a cracked ankle should warrant a ER appearance
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I would as well go to the ER, I believe ER's are there for life-threathening illnesses, injuries, etc. as well, but they are also there if you are in alot of pain

hell about 10 years ago or so I went to the doctor for a checkup and my blood pressure was real high so he told me I needed to go to the ER, if thats the case from him, im sure a cracked ankle should warrant a ER appearance

I agree. My mom was in a dance class a while back and she had a pretty bad fall. She ended up breaking her wrist and cheekbone. She needed one of those metal frames that starts in the bone but then comes out externally so you can see some it and a metal plate in her face.

If I thought I broke something, I'd probably be making a trip to the ER.
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