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A medical boot and a pair of crutches symbolize how everything has changed.

Changed Mobility = Changed Perspective

Well, this news feels unexciting. Typically, I prefer to share the exciting kind.

Broken?

It’s winter in the Finger Lakes (region of New York state). So, we expect there to be some ice and snow. Some things haven’t changed that much.

Sure enough, I was walking my dog when I encountered a large ice slick covered by just enough snow. That snowfall was sufficient to keep me from seeing the danger of the ice anyway. Suddenly, my feet were no longer under me. But there was no question that something was wrong. I felt discomfort in my right ankle and I knew immediately that the slip had injured me.

Lucky for me, RB is resilient in situations like this. She never pulled on the leash. And she repeatedly came back to me. This all in spite of the fact that the quarter mile back home felt like it took us 10 times longer than usual.

Aid On the Way

A brown dog sits in her bed. In the foreground is a grey water bottle on the corner of a wooden table. Behind the dog are some potted plants next to a window. For the blog post, "Changed Mobility - Changed Perspective".

I put an ice pack on the ankle right away. At this point, I was thinking I had twisted or sprained it. But a short time later, I realized that I probably needed to get it checked. And, of course, that’s when the diagnosis quickly changed.

A neighbor took me to urgent care (and walked RB again). At the care facility, they took an X-ray. It showed a fractured bone. “A malleolar fracture“, the doctor said. At the time, I did not know what this means. Now, I’ve learned that malleolar refers part of the base of the tibia (smaller of the two main bones in the lower leg). You see, I had broken my leg.

That led to seeing a specialist who confirmed the “fracture” and recommended a course of action. That verdict was 6-8 weeks in a “boot” and approximately three months to heal.

Next, I needed to take care of logistics. My spouse would return home from a business trip soon. First, I called a local relative who was happy to take care of RB for a few days. Soon, thanks to the “village” my needs were taken care of (for now).

Changed

A medical boot and a pair of crutches symbolize how everything has changed.

It’s my right ankle. This means that I cannot drive. Just as bad: I can’t press the sustain pedal on the piano. Perhaps I’ll be able to adapt the sustain pedal work. On the other hand, I think the driving must wait for the healing to progress enough.

Some changes — let’s say getting older — seem slow and may go unnoticed for a long time. Other changes — like this one — get our attention immediately. I’m trying to adapt.

Until I learn how to make things work and build stamina walking on crutches, I will need to slow my music release cycle. Thanks for understanding, reading, and listening.

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