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Broken Bones & Second Opinions

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I haven’t shared much about my experience at the emergency room when I broke my leg and ankle last year.  Why?  Because there isn’t really anything nice to say about it, but I think it’s important to remember that you always have options and that a second opinion is worth it.  After my trip down the slide, I knew instantly that my ankle was shattered.  There was no doubt, I heard and felt it break as I landed on it.  It flipped and flopped around at the bottom of my leg until I finally begged enough and talked someone into just holding it tightly for me.  If you’ve ever broken a bone like that, you know how brutal it is to feel all of those bones moving around.  On the way to the ER, I was completely clueless.  Having never broken a bone before, I had no clue what to expect.

Broken Leg and Ankle
This is my “I’m waiting for pain medicine and barely holding it together” face.

After we arrived at the hospital and were immediately taken back, Justin and I had a few moments alone in the room.  I cried for what would be the first of many, many times over the next several months.  I didn’t cry when my bones shattered and I didn’t cry from the pain.  I cried because I realized that I would not be able to take care of Bryson and Bella on my own.  That hurt worse than the physical pain.  The wait for pain medicine was long, but worth it.  During the wait, I realized that not only was ankle broken, but I was pretty sure my leg was broken too.  My adrenaline was so high that it took me a good 30 minutes to really feel the physical pain of my breaks.  Thankfully, there was an IV with morphine coming my way!

After Xrays, the ER doctor walked in and told me my leg was broken.  I immediately asked about my ankle, but I knew it was broken- I felt it when it happened.  He responded that no, my ankle was not broken.  His exact words were “Your ankle only hurts because of the break in your leg.”

Broken Fibula ankle

Thus, the importance of a second opinion.

By now, you all know the story.  My leg was broken and my ankle was also broken in two places.  Because that doctor sent me home instead of transferring me (or at the very least, telling my husband to take me) to a larger equipped hospital, I had to wait two weeks to have surgery.  Two weeks of swelling and feeling the bones in my leg and ankle move around inside my body and crunch together because one doctor told me that I only had a single break in my leg.

Broken Bones

You can bet that from now on, this lady will get a second opinion.  I hope that I never break another bone and I wouldn’t wish my experience on my worst enemy, but I will always advocate for a second opinion.

A second opinion is not only important when it comes to major medical issues, but also things like home improvements and car repairs.  A recent survey showed that only 6% of people said they would get a second opinion for dental work!  This can especially important when it comes to teeth straightening, but because many orthodontic practices are only set up to provide tradition braces so they may not offer alternatives like Invisalign clear braces.  If the almost invisible, removable “aligners” offered by Invisalign are something you are interested in, you need to find a certified Invisalign provider to help decide if it could be the right teeth-straightening treatment for you.  And why wouldn’t you at least go for the second opinion?  No metal and no wires?  Sounds fantastic after spending 4 long years as a “metal-mouth” myself!  Visit the Invisalign Doctor Locator to find a certified provider in your area.

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Have you ever regretted not getting a second opinion?

 

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  • I can’t remember a time when I’ve regretted NOT getting a second opinion. I am grateful for an ethical orthodontist that talked me out of braces though. Trying to correct 1 crooked tooth would’ve resulted in a broken and expanded bottom jaw and an entirely new appearance. He said it was purely cosmetic and I’m not vain enough to go through that much agony.

  • I have Lupus and a host of other medical conditions that have developed because of it. I absolutely know the importance of getting a second opinion. I was told for almost a year that there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder. I lost over 40 pounds and was in horrible pain until I found a surgeon that would remove it. Upon removal it was obvious that lupus had attacked it. So glad that you are doing better. Your pic made me cringe.





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