I recently broken my tibia and fibula and required ORIF surgery to fix it. I’m 37 days out from the break, and I have been documenting the process. I figured some of the most helpful stuff I’ve learned has been figuring out what I need to buy, so here we go (plus I can’t work for months, so I could use the Amazon affiliate clicks, thank you <3).

1) iWalk 2.0 Peg Leg Crutch

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This shit changed my life. My doctor saw it and said she doesn’t recommend it to patients because you have to have a lot of balance to use it, and she’s probably right. It definitely takes some getting used to, and my background pre-injury was SoulCycle, Solidcore, and CrossFit everyday. But I don’t think you need to be super fit to use it. You finally have access to your HANDS! I was even able to move a love seat. The downside is that it is a pain in the ass to put on and take off, so if I’m at a restaurant I’ll usually hop on one foot to the bathroom, and if I’m at home I’ll use something else.

2) An Office Chair
chair

Any office chair with wheels will do — my mom gave me an old one from her house. It’s like the one thing that will keep you from losing your mind in your house. The real trick is to push yourself backwards. This also works well if you’re on crutches and end up at a store that doesn’t have electric scooters, but does have office chairs.

3) Padding and Socks for Your (Inevitably Shitty) Walking Boot

The only time I was really in pain was when I got my Aircast. As I write this I’m still in the Aircast and no weight bearing, and I have finally pieced together how to make it slightly less miserable: gel padding for lace bite and ankles, plus thick stretchy medical socks. Don’t bother trying to use normal socks: Smartwool doesn’t stretch enough, and you’re going to ruin whatever socks you use with the velcro from the Aircast.  

4) Gel Dot Ice Pack

These are soft on one side so I just apply it to my skin without having to wear socks — no idea if that’s what you’re supposed to do, but it’s so nice to not have my skin covered for a little while.

5) Smart Outlet

I live in a basement and rely on a space heater, so some nights I’d freeze or roast if the temperature changed once I was already in bed. Getting up sucks. Also good for plugging in a lamp, coffee pot, or humidifier. It’s a shame there aren’t $17 smart windows.

6) Amazon Fresh
Grocery shopping sucks. Amazon Fresh usually lets you do a 30 day free trial, so I like them better. Obviously the best situation is a loved one goes and buys your groceries and puts them away for you, but if you live alone like me, this is the best you can get. The only benefit I’m eligible for is SNAP, and no online delivery service takes it. On the plus side, if you are also out of work and have no benefits, it takes like a month for your SNAP application to process, so that’s roughly as long as your free trial of Fresh!

7) Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf

I don’t know where you store your toilet paper or tampons, but I promise you won’t be able to reach them. Get the biggest one of these that will fit in your bathroom, and then put an extra roll of TP on it for good measure.

8) Leg Condom

Don’t bother trying to do the garbage bag thing. If your cast gets wet, it’s going to get moldy, and that’s nasty. Just spend the $20.

9) Shower Stool

I love bathing, and having one of these means you can shower alone. Woo! I’ve seen some people say they used an outdoor plastic chair, but it’s so much easier to get in and out without the handles. Mine has handles, and I immediately took them off since they were in the way (I have a tub, not a standalone shower).

10) Soft Grey Boot Thing

The Aircast walking boot is some garbage and hurt so bad I couldn’t leave my bed. My doctor gave me the Aircast and a sad little stirrup brace to sleep in, so I bought this grey boot off Amazon and I wear it with the stirrup when I’m around my house (even with all the new padding in my Aircast, extended periods with it on are painful).

11) Table With Wheels

I have a love/hate relationship with this table: I hate it in general, but I’m so glad I have it. I would rather use a real desk, but that’s hard to do from bed or the couch — plus with this, I can stick my foot straight out onto a stool.

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Broken Ankle Week 1
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