The thing about living in a big city is that when it comes to the Canadian medical system, more people means more waiting. I’m now (hopefully) less than 24 hours out of surgery, but we are eight days out of my actual injury.
Waiting a week for surgery is stressful, painful and honestly kind of lonely. I’m very fortunate to have the team at Endeavour to lean on, they’ve been amazing at keeping me out of pain and mobile, which has made sure I’ve gotten out of the house almost every day since the injury, but it’s hard to find balance and purpose when you don’t feel like yourself. For me, this injury has not only taken me out of the sport I love, but it’s also taken away a lot of my freedom, my mobility. While I can manage on crutches, it’s exhausting. I hadn’t really expected moving around on crutches to be quite the workout that it is. While I am able to get around, anything beyond what is strictly necessary is all but off-limits. Because I simply don’t have the mobility, this injury has been pretty isolating. I spend most of my time in bed because sitting in chairs is painful, even with the leg up it quickly becomes too painful to bear and standing is simply not an option.
I can’t imagine the pain of being in a splint (not a full cast) for over a week if I didn’t have the resources at the clinic at my disposal. The acupuncture treatments I’ve gotten from the whole team this past week have significantly reduced my pain and have kept me as close to myself as I have been up to this point.
The acupuncture treatments I’ve gotten this past week are invaluable, and it’s something I wish more people in my situation had access to. The neurofunctional acupuncture model does not require any needling on my lower left leg, in fact we’ve done almost nothing on the left leg at all, but because our bodies interpret pain through the nervous system, which is all interconnected, they are able to treat other parts of my body to reduce the pain in my leg. This means less painkillers as well as less overall pain. One of the biggest upsides for me is that this pain management system pre-op means that I am still able to drive, which is currently the only way I can leave the house, unless I’m paying for an Uber or Taxi. When you already feel restricted and a little down, being able to have even just a little freedom can make all the difference.
As the surgery gets closer, I’m starting to feel a little more anxious. It’s a routine procedure, nothing really to worry about, but surgery is not something I take lightly. At least I’m one of the first of the day, so I should be able to get in tomorrow and then we move on to the next step in the recovery process.
Before I head off to surgery, one last pre-op tip for you all.
Call the office. They say they’ll call you, but hospitals are busy and things slip through the cracks. As awful as it is when it happens to you, it does happen. Call them to find out your surgery time, call them to confirm what you need to do for your pre-op appointment, because if you miss something it means losing out on your surgery that day, and with the number of people in and out of these places, you never know how much longer you’ll have to wait. Don’t slip through the cracks.
-Alicia, Endeavour Office Manager