Can You Believe It? I Fell And Sprained My Ankle!

@CatsandDogs (13964)
United States
October 7, 2009 10:01pm CST
Yup, I sure did! Hubby and I were at my parents and finishing up with the cleaning of their rental home and I needed mom's vacuum cleaner which was outside. I had some of dad's tools in my hands to put away and as I stepped down off the porch, my ankle turned over and down I went! I twisted my ankle as well as banged up both of my elbows and one knee. My ankle hurts like you would not believe!! I can hardly walk. Lovely. Just lovely. So I'm out of commission for at least a week, if not longer. At least the rental house is clean! lol Hubby set off a couple of bug bombs to get rid of the roaches and what ever else that may be in there. As for the carpet, oh my gosh! It is gross!! It's absolutely filthy!! I don't think these idiots knew what a vacuum was!! They lived in it for 16 months so use your imagination! BLA!! So I tried and tried to shampoo the carpet but I kept having to go over and over and over the same area a number of times to get the muddy look out of the carpet and couldn't so I had to give up and have hubby call a professional to come and do it. We have one coming out on Friday to steam clean the whole carpet and it's going to cost us $120. to have it done. We told mom and dad that we've already ordered it and it's already paid so they won't panic and of course, mom is all upset because she says we've done enough, more than enough but it has to be done and that's that. Poor mom, she was so upset and crying just before we left. So many things have happened since they've moved down here and she's so sick and tired of all the crap but like I told her, things were going to happen anyway regardless if you moved or not, moving doesn't change anything to stop worrying so much and just take one day at a time. I know she wishes she could help us clean but we all know that she can't. She's upset over my brother and I because we're not on speaking terms, the other house up north not selling (it's rented now!!!!), the renters here acting like an a$$ and her having a stroke, my falling and getting hurt.... I guess it would all drive me crazy too after a while but there again, it's called life. But still all in all, I hate to see her cry!! It really eats at my heart strings hard! Does your mom get emotional in front of you? How do you handle it?
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15 responses
• United States
8 Oct 09
Oh, what a day, you poor thing! Some days you feel like you shouldn't have bothered right? And the ankle on top of everything else too. I have nothing useful to say except to say us mylotters are here and listening so feel free to rant...lol Doesn't it break your heart to see your Mom cry? I am not even all that close to mine, to be honest, but recently I went 'home' to England for a vacation and on coming back to the USA, my parents dropped me off at the airport in London. As we drove up to the drop of area my Mom started crying, and I hugged her and then she was really sobbing, and I had to leave of course to get the plane and leave her sitting in the car crying - as I left I tried to say a few things, like 'I'm just at the end of the phone!' and all that. But really, we don't know when I will be able to afford to go over again so it was sad. When I was taking off on the plane I was crying too thinking about it (and I always cry when I have to leave again anyway - I have a rule that I can cry until we get above the clouds and I cannot see England anymore, and then I will go and wash my face, put on my moisturizer, and set my face toward Boston! I hope your ankle and everything feels better soon!
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
8 Oct 09
My mom is a rock. I never knew how she felt when we went through everything with the divorce when I was 13 and all the other crap. I would have gladly supported her but she presented a strong front and I thought for years that she didn't care. You are lucky to see the intimate side of your mom. Since I didn't, I suffered the delusion that she didn't care. I learned from her. While my kids were upset during my own divorce, which I didn't want, they thought I was a rock. I gave them strength through my own strength. But they wished, as I have, that I had shown more emotion and shared more. Appreciate your mom!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
8 Oct 09
You know dragon, you and your mom did your best to do the right thing for you and your siblings as well as your kids. They say never cry in front of your children. I agree to a point, it is ok to cry in front of our kids but show the hard core crying, if you know what I mean. My mom, I love her dearly but, she has an emotional problem, always has and always will. She's always been depressed, it's hereditary but she won't take anything for it. I do, and will always because I hate the feeling of depression. She does too but apparently not enough. So don't beat yourself up for trying to do the right thing!! You thought it was best for them even though it turned out not to be.
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@Grandmaof2 (7602)
• Canada
8 Oct 09
My mother rejected me at birth and although she is now 80 some years old and very much alive she still doesn't want to see me so just be grateful you can see her cry and give her a love hug. I know this stuff isn't eazy for any of you but believe me it's no easy walk in the park not being able to see or help your mom. You had the best idea just take each day as it comes and remember to be grateful for one another. I hope you thought to put ice packs on your ankle. I hope it gets better real soon. Please remember to tell your mom every day I Love You.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
I honestly don't know what to say Grandmaof2. I really don't because I'm shocked. How the hell can a mother carry their child for 9 months, feel it move inside her belly and not love their child?! I can't understand that for anything in this world!! Try thinking of it this way, if your mother doesn't love you, GOD sure does!! He put you on this earth for a reason. We may never know what that reason is but there's a reason for your being here and to be quite honest, I'M GLAD YOU ARE!! Hugs to you sweetheart!!
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Hey Granny, I really feel for you. I can hear the pain you endure in your words. I adopted my Son at birth. It was the happiest day of my life. My Son is wonderful and I thank God for him. When I found out that I couldn't have a child my Mom said to me, The reason you can't give birth is because God has a child waiting for you. 5months later someone called me up and asked me if I would adopt her sister's baby. There is a long story behind that but suffice it to say, my Son was born 3 months later. I just hope that your adopted parents loved you like I love my Son. Big Hug.. Leenie
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
8 Oct 09
I hope you get well soon. Take care of your ankle. My mom also gets emotional. I think it is a mom thing. Don't let it tear you up so much. Your mom is normal.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Thanks Royal. I am better today so maybe it'll take just a week to get back on my feet again then Lord only knows what's in store for me then! Oh gosh, I don't even want to go there! lol Our family on my mom's side is manic depressants, my grandmother took medicine for it and I take medicine for it but my mother will not. She says it causes her to have diarrhea but that goes away in about a week then she's feeling more like herself, happy go lucky once again but she'll stop taking it after she gets to feeling good again and fights it on her own. Getting her back on the medicine again is like pulling teeth! ARG!
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Sweetie, Did I tell you that my Son is Bipolar? Going on and off your meds. is a bad thing to do. But You know that very well.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Hey Sweet Girl, I think the sprained ankle is telling you to slow down. But really, take good care of it and keep it up as much as you can because sprains are a lot harder to heal than a broken one. I sprained my ankle over a year ago and it is permanently damaged. I went to a podiatrist but she just gave me weekly shots for about six weeks. Meanwhile my poor ankle and foot was swelling twice it's size every night. They finally put me in a cast but it was too heavy and then a removable foot and lower leg cast. Well, it still swells almost every night. So take good care. You sure married a great guy. My guess is that he adores you. All the things he does for you and your parents is incredible. I feel bad for your parents but like you said, it's life. You are such a wonderful daughter. And at least you are near by when something goes wrong. If they hadn't moved near you, they would be so lost. Let your Mom cry, it is what she needs to do. When she cries, say to yourself, at least I'm here for her. Give your hubby a hug for me and one for yourself, Love Ya, Leenie
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Hi Leenie, I do believe you're right on that, it's now more my foot than my ankle but yeah, it's telling me "enough already!" My elbows are better too although a nice sized scab is on both. Gosh, that was so scary to fall like that and knowing you're going to fall and there's not a thing you can do about it! Thank goodness mine isn't as bad as yours! OUCH!! Gee, what a mess and can only imagine the pain you must've went through! Yes I did marry a wonderful man! He's the best there is! lol When God made him, he threw away the mold! I wouldn't trade him for any amount of anything in this world! love you too sweetie!
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Mary Beth, Did you go to the doctors and get an x-ray Yet?
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi leenie, no I haven't gone to the doctor because it's getting better, sloooowly. It's been a week today and although I can't walk on it normally I can still walk on it some. As for your son being bipolar, you told me about that. I agree, going on and off the much needed medications isn't the right way to go. Try telling that to my mom though.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
8 Oct 09
That sounds sore Cats, have it looked at if it doesn’t feel better over the next few days. I am not as close to my mum as you are to yours. My mother is funny, she doesn’t cry easily, unlike me, and she was the only one out of myself, her and my sister who watched the whole of ‘Titanic’ completely dry eyed and did not shed one single tear. Hard woman!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Hi Paula, my foot is feeling a bit better today although it still hurts like mad. A little each day, I should be back on my feet in a week if not two. I can't say that I'm close to my mom, although I do love her very much, we've had some REALLY rocky times that it's hard for me to really trust her like I'd like to. Believe it or not, I didn't cry watching Titanic either. I guess I'm a hard woman too.....? That's not to say that I don't have feelings, but life has made me this way. It takes a hell of a lot to make me cry. I was seeing a psychiatrist or should I say I have seen a psychiatrist a few times and they've all said it's pretty normal because of what I went through in my younger days. I still feel but I don't show them very easily in the way of tears.
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
10 Oct 09
Not everyone cries easily, I appreciate that and I don't think you're a hard woman at all, quite the opposite in fact. My mother on the other hand is not the most sensitive person I know. I guess we all have our stories and our reasons for being the way we are...Take care Cats...
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• Canada
8 Oct 09
I've done $hit like that before. Very very painful, inconvenient, and annoying. I hope you have some of those re-freezeable gel-packs to ice it in, so that it will feel better, stop swelling, and possibly heal faster. I hate falling and doing stuff like that. I feel so stupid afterwords, and it hurts like @#$%^%&@!!!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
You've taken the words right out of my mouth danish!! lol Yeah, we do have those gel ice packs and I did put one on that night which did help, I think. It's better today than it was yesterday or the night of the fall but it still hurts like a dickens!!
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
8 Oct 09
ouch, hate those sprained ankles, mine put me out of commission for 6 weeks! but I did a bang up number on it sometimes my mom gets frustrated and upset because of her strokes and I hate it when she cries - I try to cheer her up when she does that, but its very hard
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Elic, sorry for being slow in responding!! It's been a week today since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life.
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
14 Oct 09
are you wrapping it? there's very little they can do for feet besides wrap them and tell you to stay off them - oh sure, and make sure it isn't a compound fracture, that's really bad
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Oct 09
Yeah, I wrap it up and take it off so my skin can breathe some. It does help cushion the pain. I didn't go to the doctor because frankly, I don't like him at all but he's our pcm for now until we find another one closer than the next one down the list. Just that this one we have now is arrogant and snotty. We're going to have our round one day if we don't change and soon!
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Girl, what is going to happen to u next??? Bless your heart, i'm so sorry u fell & hurt yourself. I hope your ankle gets better soon. When my mother was living she did get emotional & raise hell constantly but it was usually due to her driking. That was not a good scene ever & i was usually the one she got mad at. No good memories there for me.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Oh Jo, I'm so sorry! Your mom had no idea what a great daughter she had! I'm sure when she crossed over and dealt with on judgment day, the Good Lord let her know it too! I believe that we relive out our lives on that day and we feel all the good and bad feelings that we caused on other people before we enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I really believe this and so therefore, I think your mother realizes what wrongs she's done and wishes she could right it. Anyway, I don't even want to know what's next any more. After this past year and a half of mostly hell, I don't want to know. Sometimes I wish I could fold up and be put in a box in a corner and left there! lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Thanks for all the kind words, cats. TELL me how your foot is. Did u go get it x-rayed. I hope u did. I hope u have a great , peaceful weekend.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Jo! Thanks for caring!! It's been a week today since my fall and my foot still hurts but not nearly as bad as it did. I can't walk normal on it but it's getting better ever so slooooowly. No I haven't had it x-rayed, kind of too late now, I think. It's ok though, it's healing but like I said, ever so slooooowly. lol
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Wow! I am definitely sorry you sprained your ankle, and that carpet? It does sound very very filthy. Hopefully things will start looking up, but your right, it is called life. My mom has cried in front of me, and it did / does make me feel bad to hear her, or anyone cry.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Sorry for being slow in responding!! It's been a week today since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life. I agree, it is hard to see anyone cry especially those we love. We want them all to be happy but we know too that it's a part of life and it's a way to relieve stress too but it's still hard to see it. The house is all clean now! Ready for a new renter and hopefully a decent one at that!
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Ouch a broken foot instead of a sprained ankle! Ouch Indeed! Good Luck! Oh and don't worry about taking so long to respond, I am really bad about that.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Dang. I am sorry to hear that. I hope you will heal quickly. It seems to always be something these days. We had to take my hubby to the ER last night. He has brinchitis but we thought it may be swine flu. I hate to see my mom cry too. I feel for her when she does, but I am not much of a cryer myself.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I'm glad it was bronchitis and not the swine flu! I can only imagine the scare! That stuff is nothing to mess with, for sure! Well, it's been a week yesterday since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life.
9 Oct 09
oh how bad is you ankle? better put some ice because ice relieves pain.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
It's been a week today since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life.
@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Gee Wiz Cats, what the heck, On top of everything else, you go and fall down. I am sory to hear that you hurt yourself. I did the same thing to my ankle before, it hurts like the dickens. try to keep it propped up and put an ace bandage on it for support. Good luck with everything, you know I am in your corner. update on my love life, things are going good. Last week he made me a candle light dinner.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hey there Polly! A candle light dinner, huh? Whoa!! You go girl!! Enjoy it while you can for it sounds like you have a right nice guy so hang on to him! lol Anyway, Sorry for being slow in responding!! It's been a week today since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 09
Oh goodness Cats I hope you will keep the weight of the Ankle and just rest now I am glad that the House is all done and of course your Mum will get upset I mean she is sitting there helpless when really all she wants to do is help but she can't so the feeling of uselessness is coming into it all you can do is hug her and convince her that she is not able to do it and that you are fine with doing it for her Hugs and rest the Ankle
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi gabs! Sorry for being slow in responding!! It's been a week today since I did my number on my foot. Apparently it wasn't my ankle but my foot but the way the pain shot up my ankle it's no wonder I thought I sprained it. Now I can barely walk on it whereas before I couldn't at all. I don't know but maybe I did break a bone? It's a little late now to have it x-rayed. Oh well, such is life. As for mom, she needs to learn to accept what is and not what they were. Her denial is hurtful not only to herself but to those who love her. The situation is what it is and she needs to learn to accept what she cannot change just like the serenity prayer.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
8 Oct 09
I was reading what u wrote hatley, u may have chipped a bone in your ankle. I fell once going in the post office w/boxes to mail. I had a knot to come up on my ankle bigger than a baseball. I just knew i had broken it. When i went to the dr. there was a chipped bone & i tell u the pain was awful & i'm pretty tough, lol. U need to have it x-rayed & see what u have done.Good luck. hugs. jo
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