January 12, 2018, a day I will never forget. I broke my ankle skydiving. I had my foot in a weird position as I landed and that was it.
On the way to the hospital, what kept playing in my head was when will I be able to go skydiving again. All I wanted to do was get back jumping as soon as I can.
I thought I would only be out for two months but it seems to be longer than that. I was in the hospital for 5 days, had surgery in my ankle (7 screws and a plate to keep the bones in place) I was ordered by the doctor non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. That means I am stuck in bed or a wheelchair for the next 6 weeks.
Life completely slowed down for me. From an active fast-paced lifestyle to waking up in the morning and taking it a day at a time. Spent my days watching Netflix shows, puzzles, even crocheting. I started updating my website and decided to write again. New logo??? (created by my awesome friend Joris!)
On the 14th day post surgery, I had my stitches removed. They put me in a cast and was ordered to keep it for another 2 weeks, still non-weight bearing. I kept looking forward to my hospital trips coz I get to go out of the house. I get excited when friend visit me coz they take me to the park (wheelie life). I began to appreciate the little things and seeing people made me happy.
I felt incapacitated coz I always had to ask people for help to do anything, bathroom trips included. Showers were limited. It was incredibly tough but I knew my bones will heal in time and I'll be able to walk again. It wasn't just physically demanding, it was mentally challenging too. I knew I had to stay positive in trying times.
I ask myself questions all the time. When will I be able play basketball? When will I be able to go wakeboarding? Or surf? Or skydive? When will I be able to to do things that I love? Time is moving extra slow.
I know it's a step by step process. It has been 18 days into it my foot feels stiff, but I can now do calf pumps and wiggle my toes. I am definitely improving everyday.
Skill unlocked: PATIENCE.