The Worst Class Reunion in History.

If you keep up with me (It’s Gravy, Baby! on Facebook) then this post is old news by now.  If not, boy do I have a story to share!  :)

Saturday was my five year high school reunion and we had an all day event planned.  It looked as if it would rain, so Justin and I debated on going and ultimately decided to go- rain or shine.  There was a family day planned at Goosepond Colony where everyone would bring their families, children, spouses and catch up.  I was excited to see everyone and to see  their babies.

Class Reunion Cake

A classmate brought me by some cake the day after.. it was good! LOL

We had a great time for the short amount of time we spent there.  The kids played in the water, ate cake, then we headed to the playground.  Bryson went up a tall metal slide, then was too scared to go down it, so he started climbing back down the ladder.  I climbed up behind him, then he almost fell, and thankfully I was there to catch him.

Whew.  Crisis averted.

For about 5 minutes.

Then, here goes fearless Bella Grace.  By the time I caught up to her, she was halfway up this tall slide and I was afraid if I tried to go down the ladder with her we’d both fall.  She was going down that slide- with or without me.  I didn’t want her to get hurt, so I climbed on with her and down we go.

Then we landed.  And for some unknown reason (at the time, I know now) my leg went behind me and I felt my ankle crush, crackle, and crunch.  Justin was standing a few feet away and saw this all unfold.  I simply said “I just broke my ankle.” and then he started yelling about seeing the bone come out.  He lost his mind for a few minutes- he can barely stand the sight of blood so this was no surprise to me.  The bone never broke through the skin and when I moved, it went back in for the most part.

The damage was done though.  Bryson had already overheard what Justin said and he was scared.  I stayed calm, never cried, actually cracked a few jokes, and tried to lighten the mood a bit.  I loved on my babies and explained to them that we were going to have to leave them with these nice people (most of whom they’d never met) but that mommy was okay.

Broken Leg and Ankle

I was waiting for some pain medication here..

Then, I begged someone ANYONE to grab my ankle and stabilize it.  Thankfully, a friend that always shows up when he’s needed did just that.  Everyone else stood around, scared to touch me, but he did exactly what I needed.  He held it for me throughout the entire process until we go to the hospital.  We rode in the back of Justin’s truck and let me tell you- that was NOT a joy ride.  At all.

As I was cracking jokes, I told everyone “Just wait until our 10 year reunion- I might just break my leg for that one!”

What I didn’t know is that my leg was broken too.

The nurse at the hospital was fabulous.  She was seriously off the charts and I made sure she knew how much I appreciated her kindness.  The doctor?  Not much can be said for him.  He was terrible.  He had no bedside manner at all and was very mean to the nurses.  He was not a very good doctor either.  After the X-rays, which I now know that he couldn’t read, he had the nurses put a splint on me.  He was going to send me home with no explanation of what was wrong.  I asked to speak with him, so he came in and told me my leg was broken.  I asked him to elaborate and he refused.  I asked about my ankle and he told me it only hurt because my leg was broken.

Broken Bones

So, I left the hospital in a splint with a prescription for pain medication thinking my leg was broken.

Except I knew my ankle was crushed too.  I knew my ankle was broken before I ever realized my leg was broken too.

The pain medication made me feel terrible and I spent the first couple days vomiting.  After receiving a prescription for Zofran, I am feeling so much better and can function now.  The pain is beginning to lessen also, so that is very good news.

Fast forward a few days and I met with an orthopedic surgeon.  He was very frustrated that the doctor I saw in the hospital did not tell me the severity of my injuries.  Yes, my ankle is broken- on both side. My fibula is also broken.

I am scheduled for surgery next Thursday.  We have to get the swelling down in my leg before he can perform surgery.

Broken Leg Outside

Justin has been awesome. He knew I wanted to watch the kids play, so he helped me find a comfortable set-up outside last night.

I understand more about what went wrong on the slide.  It seems that when I landed, for some unknown reason, my leg simply snapped.  I didn’t think we were going that fast, but the force snapped my leg when I hit the ground.  When that happened, the leg fell behind me and I came down and landed on my ankle with my entire body.  That’s when I felt it break.

So, that where we stand, except I can’t stand at all.  I’m okay, but I know that it’s going to be hard in the coming weeks.

It’s hard to believe that I have NEVER broken a bone and then I break several on a slide.  With my 18 month old daughter.

Only I could do something like that.

There are so many things that I miss already and many things I’m going to miss out on the next couple months.  We were supposed to attend Super Why Live on Friday, but I won’t be able to make it now.  Hopefully the kids will have a fabulous time and tell me all about it when they get home!

Y’all will probably be hearing from me quite often, because I can’t do anything other than sit around with my leg propped up.  That means lots of time for blogging!


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  1. Deb Sizemore says:

    Praying for you, Whit. Always enjoy your posts.

  2. When you do something, you do it well! Holy cow to that fracture on your fibula!

  3. Whitney, I’m so sorry that you’re broken :( Good luck with your surgery!

  4. Charity L. says:

    What a story indeed. I hope your surgery goes well and that you recover soon. For your 10 year reunion, remember to skip the slide. :)

  5. Ouch! I hurt just reading this. I know how much it stinks to have a broken ankle, let alone with a broken leg. Hope you feel better soon and the surgery goes well.

  6. What a story you have for your memory book. Ouch to say the least. I hope your recovery goes by fast. Your one lucky women to have such a supportive hubby by your side!

  7. I am so sorry this happened, However, you have the best attitude about it. Kudos to you for that. I will be keeping you in my prayers. You rest up and take care of yourself!

  8. Whitney, I’m so sorry this happened. Oh my goodness, major ouch! I hope that your surgery goes well. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Ok.. had to come read the whole story after chatting with you via @PlaynExplore. Can’t believe you have already written a post about it. lol…. But that is what us bloggers do, isn’t it? So thankful you still have your social media family to chat with while you are laid up for awhile.
    Don’t forget, once you have recovered from surgery, there are wheel chairs that can get you places you want to go with your kids this summer (as long as hubby is there to push!)

    • Whitney says:

      One of the first things out of my mouth after “I just broke my ankle.” was “Well, this is going to be a great blog post!” LOL Thank you for chatting with me. My mother-in-law actually picked up some pretty sweet wheels for me today- just gotta learn how to maneuver in it now. Thanks so much for your support, Sandy!

  10. Sydney Dunn says:

    Wishing you a fast recovery!!

  11. Mailena says:

    Oh No! Is this what happens at reunions? My 10 year high school reunion is in August…yikes! :)

    Hope your recovery goes well and fast!

    • Whitney says:

      This was my five year reunion, so as I was being carted off, I told them all to wait until our ten year reunion. LOL Thanks for stopping by & for your supprt!

  12. Oh poor thing! I know how you feel, well sort of, I fractured my leg last fall playing kickball with CB. The boot was no fun at all. Don’t worry about missing out on too much, it won’t be much of a party with out you there, so enjoy some relaxation while you can!

  13. OUCH!!!! just reading that hurt! I hope you feel better soon and that the surgery fixes everything! Thoughts and prayers with you!

  14. Courtney Velasquez says:

    Hope you get better soon!!!

  15. Hey Whit, I think you said someone loaned you are wheelchair? Check with where the concert is going to be and ask about special arrangements for the wheelchair. If you explain the situation, maybe they can make some kind of accomodation – if the dr okays you to go for a little while. I know you were looking forward to this very much. I have often been to events where there is an empty space that is designated for a wheelchair. Wouldn’t hurt to inquire!

    • My mother-in-law rented a wheelchair for me. I thought seriously about going to the show, but I could never make the 1.5 hour drive to Birmingham. My leg has to be elevated almost 24/7. Letting it down for just 15 minutes makes it throb and swell. I have to sit this one out, but when I’m able, we’ll definitely be going to another live show! Thanks, Anna!

  16. Oh what an awful thing to happen. Both the break and the bad doctor. You should NOT have left the hospital without seeking a second opinion. Next time ask the nice nurse to get a 2nd doctor to make another diagnose. Get some rest and heal soon. Hope surgery goes well.

  17. Oh Whitney, I feel so badly for you :( I hope that your appt goes well next week and that you make a swift recovery after the surgery! At least you have tons of online friends to keep you busy! Hugs!

  18. Oh no! How awful. So glad you are okay. I am stopping by from the facebook link up with Tinkerlab. Enjoyed visiting your blog and will check back again soon!

  19. Goodness gracious, that’s one memorable high school reunion! You took it better than I would’ve, with the joking. I probably would’ve screamed my head off. Hope you recover quickly.


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