My playing had come to a screeching haul this past Sunday when I injured my right knee from a bad landing while sailboarding in the Gorge. As luck would have it, my knee injury turned out to be quite superficial. I just strained the medial collateral ligament. I went to the urgent care center on the same day and were told to take normal care for muscular injury for the next few weeks until it heals. I were to take 2 tablets of Aleve twice a day.
The irony is my sore right foot which I assumed to be just strained muscle from missing a jibe 2 days prior turned out to be less than superficial. For that alone I would still be sailing in the Gorge. Fortunately I injured my knee and decided it is best to seek medical help.
It turned out I have a fifth metatarsal fracture. Fifth metatarsal is the thin and long bone on the outboard side of the foot which the little toe connects to. My right foot was inserted quite deep into the footstrap when I fell forward WRT the sailboard. The entire weight of my body thrusting forward was mostly bored by my right foot and this slander bone took the blunt of the moving mass. Had I didn't mention it before I left the clinic it would be a long time down the road before I realize the gravity of the injury. The doctor refer me to the Fracture Clinic for the treatment.
x-ray image of my fifth metatarsal fracture from falling forwards while the foot was caught deep in the footstrap
on Sunday afternoon i came home to nurse both injuries while waiting for monday to arrive to make an appointment at the fracture clinic
i was told to take 2 aleve twice a day to suppress the imflamation until the fracture clinic visit
shinny new crutches - i can't wait to use the aluminum parts for my projects when i no longer need to walk with them
my clematis second bloom this year
Comes Tuesday I set out for the Fracture Clinic located in Northeast Portland. I was quite certain i would come home with a cast on my right foot so I did not drive. I took the Tri Met bus and train to get there. I switch from the bus to the train downtown. Having some extra time I was able to hobble a few blocks to get to the foot carts and have a lamb gyro sandwich
rarely i get the chance to occupy a priority seat on the train
To be cautious on the safe side I asked him about my knee. He had an assistant checked my knee. The assistant thought taking some x-ray scans to be sure there is no hidden bone damage.
the x-ray room
My knee was good other than the strained ligament. Once we decide to perform the surgery to mend the broken bone on my foot the doctor asked me how soon I want the surgery. ASAP - I said.
He checked the system and said how about tomorrow? I was delighted and replied that I would make it.
Tuesday came and my nice neighbor drove me to the medical center across town at another facility the surgery would be perform. The hospital will not perform a surgery if you do not have someone to accompany you home after. They will not let you fool them. We arrived 2 hours before 1:00 PM the surgery was to be performed.
the room where the nurse prepared me for the surgery - like the cute abstract animals on the wall
a supporting splint to protect the surgery area