Lessons Learned: What I Wouldn’t Do Again

Well, the Daily Post today prompted: “Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.”

It took me awhile to come up with something that I’d advise a friend not to do.  After all, I’m of the “better to regret what I’ve done than what I haven’t done” types.  So I was thinking, was it when I had recently graduated from UCLA and took at two-week trip to Oahu, Hawaii, with only$25 in my bank account and a credit card free of charge?  Was it being willing to move to Mexico for a guy I barely knew?  Was it putting off a long-term career in order to travel and explore the world?  Was it….?  No.

There are plenty of crazy things that I’ve done that others have seriously questioned and discouraged me against.  Nonetheless, I think all my “crazy” behavior has only been a blessing in my life, allowing me to explore what many will never know.  The thing that I DO regret, however, is very simple.

Do not, ever, buy three-inch platforms on clearance at Target when they buckle around your ankle, and when the heel narrows as it approaches the floor.  This is not a good design for, well, survival.

 

Last year, late August 2011, I performed this exact abominable act. If you know me, you know that I’m super clumsy.  That I barely do well in flats.  That door knobs and walls often run into me.  (And no, this is when I’m completely sober.)  But I wanted to dress cuter.

So I put on said shoes, walking up the driveway stairs, knowing that I could barely walk in these damn things.  I got to my car, took off the right shoe in order to drive, and went to my friend’s house.

We went to a couple of local downtown clubs.  Ever so carefully, I even danced in the damn things, knowing that I was this close to “GAME OVER”.  I was fine, I swear, until I abandoned the concrete for grass.  I hate grass now.  It was uneven.  Non-trustworthy.  Still, I trusted it.  And then…

I heard a loud “crack” and I was sitting on the grass, holding my ankle.  Shit.  I was told an old wives’ tale earlier on in the life that, if it hurts, it’s not broken.  I was wrong.

My dog and me, about two weeks into the broken ankle. I was bored and had a camera.

It took me six days to go to the doctor (hopping to the garage that night, where my brother had stored an old set of crutches, since I couldn’t put any pressure on my left leg).  I didn’t have insurance.  And I’m stubborn.  I thought it would go away on its own, get better.  It wasn’t until I learned that a broken ankle may have to rebroken (in order to reset it if it’s been healing incorrectly) that I decided to suck it up and go to the local emergency room.

Yes, it was broken.  I had to wear a cast for 2+ months.  I spent my 30th birthday in a cast and on crutches.  I was already depressed about my third decade of life to begin with!  And after, I had to go to rehab for my ankle at $150 an hour.  For a pair of $4.99 shoes, it’s just not worth it.  I still have problems with it.  I don’t think I will ever be able to wear heels again without a sense of extreme paranoia. Poo on me!

My brother and me at my 30th “Leaving the Roaring 20s Behind” birthday party. Notice the crutches in the background. And me trying to pretend that I wasn’t standing just on one foot, while the other was in a cast.

So, yes, this is what I’ve done and would advise my friends never to do: 1) Never buy cheap ass clearance platforms, especially if you’re not apt to wearing high heeled shoes.  And 2) If you have a penchant that a bone in your body is broken (especially something so important as your ankle), go get it checked out immediately, regardless of your insurance status.  You can replace money, but you can’t replace your health or permanent ability to walk and run.  3) Just don’t make this mistake like I did.  Be beautiful, be safe.  Take care of yourself.  Screw the status quo about having to wear high heels if they’re just not good for you!

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6 thoughts on “Lessons Learned: What I Wouldn’t Do Again

    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Ugggh. I feel your pain. I used to be an avid flip-flop wearer, and oftentimes found myself buying new flip-flops in random countries, only to give myself blisters, slip in the rain, or, like you, simply not be able to walk anymore! Footware is so important- especially when traveling!

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  1. Jody Meyer says:

    When I was 15 I suffered a rugby injury that resulted in a dislocated and broken ankle, as well as a broken leg. Took a while to recover from, and I’ve been left with 3 small surgical pins in my lower shin. My ankle, being broken and dislocated from the injury, has fully healed but looks a bit odd. I’ve made a full recovery since then (I’m 18 now) and my ankle hasn’t restricted me from any activities. I recently took part in a 22 mile hike and I can run for miles with no issues. However in the Army websites recruitment section, having permanent metal surgical fixtures is a problem as far as recruitment is concerned. I’ve done well at school and have good grades and would like to become an Ammunition Technician (a role which is on their “Urgently Needed” list). What would my chances be for joining? Could I get some form of Waiver from my recruitment officer? Any other points? Many thanks Answers Community.

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve reached full recovery from your broken ankle and leg. I haven’t reached that point yet, but it’s getting there (I’m afraid our differences in age have much to do with that). In regard to army recruitment, I have no idea. I would suggest joining an army forum for people with past ailments and injuries. Good luck in your endeavors!

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  2. Zachariah Casey says:

    Did you roll it? Did you land awkwardly? I’ve played basketball for a lot of years and have sprained my ankle a lot. Usually, I land on someone’s foot. And I know right away when I roll it. I doubt it’s broken. You could get an X-ray just to be sure but chances are it’s a sprain. The bad news about ankle sprains is they can take a long time to heal. You stretched/tore some ligaments in your ankle. And they’re now weakened. You have to first make sure the swelling goes away so ice it every day and try and keep it elevated. If it hurts to walk on it, you may need crutches for a short time. At the end of that time, don’t jump back into tennis or any other sports because your ankle is still weak. Stretch it and strengthen it. Give those ligaments a chance to heal. If you’ve got access to a pool, get in there and walk. It’s easier on the joint and is good exercise. Do balance exercises too. Stand on your injured leg and balance on it. If you’ve really hurt those ligaments, this can be tough. Just don’t rush back into sports too soon because you’ll just re-sprain it. Keep icing it. I also like to put heat on and then ice it. I get that fresh blood in there through heat and then an ice bucket. Helps with swelling. And sorry to tell ya but one of my ankle sprains, and it was a bad one, it took 3 months to completely heal.

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