Welcome

Welcome to the TPF Home Page.

This page has many useful sections with information, and fellow TPF sufferer stories.

If you’ve recently suffered a Tibial plateau Fracture this is the place for you. This site was created after having myself gone through the recovery process of TPF, and this site aims to contain information you need and want to know during Recovery. You can visit the forum to chat and share your story with others. Or, start reading in the Recovery Section Above. In the different pages you will find a lot of helpful information for your recovery period including medical information, first hand accounts of personal recovery stories as well as many useful tips & tricks. It’s Important to understand that this info is based on personal experience and research but that I am not a medical professional. This site is not intended to provide personal health advice. Your doctor is the professional source of information and if any advice your doctor gives you contradicts something written in this site- stick with your doctors opinion.

If you’re asking yourself how long your recovery is going to take, or what to expect, check out the recovery section. If you’re looking for some helpful tips and tricks from people who’ve been there – have a look at tips & tricks. We also have a Forum with recovery stories of different people Containing many inspiring stories and a place to ask fellow visitors questions.

If you’re looking for a community of people who have been through the same also check out the forum, or if you are looking for more information and references, those can be found in “further reading” which contains links to other websites and pages.

This page currently contains mostly information regarding recovery and recuperation after a surgery or non-surgical treatment. If you are still in the hospital and want to know more about your injury this is also the place for you. In future I might add some useful information for your stay in the hospital.

Hope you feel at Home, and feel free to contact about anything at all at info@mytpf.com

 

Note: This site is currently in building and so some sections might not yet be complete

 

Shlomi,

September 10th, 2013

 

*Note: this website is not intended to provide medical advice. Your doctor is a much better source for medical advice.  This information is based on firsh-hand personal experience and research*

 


45 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I recently ended up with a TPF and fibula also, when I was involved in an accident while riding my motorcycle. It has been almost 2 weeks since my accident and 1 week since my surgery to repair the damage. I was glad to find your page. Hopefully more will jump on board!

    Thanks,
    Ellen

  2. my tpfx was 8/12. i’m still struggling, and avid for feedback from people who have opted for hardware removal. I want to hear all sides of the story: good, bad, mixed, benefits, drawbacks, risks, good outcomes, bad outcomes, mixed outcomes– everything. I am going to get so much more from these people than I do from the 3 minutes I get with ortho sugeon.

    • I sustained a tpf almost 3 yrs ago after being bucked off a horse while fox hunting. I had to have a large plate and some very long screws put in to fix it. The hardware caused awful pain and I had it removed. It made a world of difference even though my knee still causes me a lot of pain! Much better without the hardware though!

  3. Hi Everyone!
    I’ve added a forum page to the site so that other people can find and read everyone’s questions and their stories in one place.
    Feel free to use the forums for questions, answers, personal stories or anything else.
    Shlomi

  4. In May 2013, I had fractured my Tibial Plateau in my RT leg. I had multiple fractures on both sides. I believe it was a Schazker Type VI fracture. It took two surgeries to fix it, first fixing the medial side, then the lateral. I have a plate on each side fixated with many screws. I was in a soft cast and non weight bearing for three months. It is now six months into my recover. I have about a 20 degree Flexion flexion contracture, which has caused me to not be able to put full weight on my RT leg while standing and probably major gait problems. I now have developed a lot of pain in my good knee do to overuse. My Flexion Contracture is not responsive to physical therapy or a knee brace for straighening the leg. I am getting more and more physical tired and mentally tired. I have dealt with depression all my life and this has made it worse. I am really worried about the future and my independence and mobility. Maybe someone out their is going through a similar situation and may have some encouraging words.

  5. Hello. Needed a forum to discuss my tibial plateau fracture. My fracture was pretty bad and I was bed bound for several weeks. I had to have a fixator with pins drilled into the femur and shin. Then later had the plate and screws. My shin split down the center as well.
    8 months later and a changed life, I still have swelling, plenty if pain, and lots of stiffness. I had to use a wheelchair for 3-4 months and then walker. Then cane.
    I just walked two miles last night and although I am proud, I am paying for it today. Feels like it will last forever and be part of my life but i was released from PT and still work pretty hard on my stretches. If I force it, it’s not good. If I don’t work it, it’s not good. Anyone else relate? My accident was motorcycle related.

    • Yes I can relate. I have a post about my fracture. But I had two surgeries about 1 week and half apart to repair both sides of my Tibia. I have a plate on each side and many screws. It has been over 6 months now since my injury. I still have what they call a Flexion Contracture about 15 to 20 degrees. PT has had no effect. Basically the leg will not fully straighten so my walking is affected and also when I stand, most of my weight is put on my good leg. This has caused be to develop knee pain in my good leg. But i am walking on my own with a limp. I worry about how long the repaired leg will last in its current condition and how my good knee will be affected. My surgeon told me I would need total knee replacement in 5 to 10 years. The question I wanted to ask is why they didn’t just to Total Knee instead in the beginning. If you want to tell more about your leg I will try my best to help.

  6. My fracture happened 11.26.13 I feel like my life is now forever changed. I am a very young and active 56 years old and resting is not in my wheel house. I should also state I am an RN. I want to walk again!!!! I am afraid I will never be able to do that. I know intellectually I will, but I’d like that to have happened yesterday. Also in my practice, I have never worked with fractures, so I too am a fish out of water. I am also so very mad at myself…I fell down a flight of stairs…dumb on my part. I know this could have been so much worse, but….Anyway I am glad I found this forum and look forward to reading and healing more with all of you. God Bless.

    • I understand where you are coming from. My fracture occurred 11-14-13. I too fell down the steps in my home. I am 58 and work full time and go to school full time. Everyone keeps telling me how lucky I am not to have done anything worse, which I realize. I am still beyond frustrated as I have a lot of swelling in my knee, calf and my foot. I can’t get much info from my ortho. He just tells me the x-rays look “good”. The PT has just started coming to help with range of motion exercises, however, it’s nearly impossible to do them because the swelling becomes so severe if I don’t keep my foot propped and over my head. I have to go back to work soon as I am running out of short term disability and school starts up again Jan 13th, but I feel like I’m in this all alone. I can’t find out if this much swelling for this long is normal. I’m worried that the longer I go like this the less chance I’ll have of walking or walking unassisted. I too am very excited to find this page and hope to learn a lot. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

      • Dee, swelling a lot still is normal,ok well nothing is normal lol..Ice,ice,ice Iam just now 8 weeks and swelling has gotten less and lesss, if I go to a store or therapy it swells right back up..but getting much better, practice your ROM and stretching 20 times a day everday when your sitting, or laying on the couch or bed, stretch, slide ,lift keep moving those muscles your recovery depends on it everday you skip stiffens you right back up anything where you feel muscles moving helps the atrophy,

  7. hi dee, and happy new year. i dont have any swelling at this point, but i also dont have any pt in place. unfortunately tho i went to the doctor last thursdaay, and my fracture is shifting, only .5mm but shifting. i have to go again on monday for another xray. hopefully no further movement. i believe the brace/leg immobilizer was placed wrong. because i had to go the orthotics place any boy did they put it on different. cant move anything now. so im praying this is now correct and nothing is moving. im sure this will set me back with partial weight bearint , but i dont care as long as at the end of all of this i can walk. take care and stay strong.

  8. My fracture happened 6/1/13 – fell off an above ground pool ledge. I have a plate and 7 screws in my leg. It has been a rough 7 months for me. A month after surgery, my leg got infected. Because of this, it has slowed down the healing process. I was NWB for 3.5 months and that was the hardest thing for me. I hated relying on other people to help me. I hated the fact that I couldn’t do things for my kids the way I used to.
    On 8/30/13, I had another surgery to “wash” the infection out and had a PICC line inserted. I was on IV meds for 5 weeks. They had to take me off of them b/c I had an allergic reaction to everything they tried. I have never spent so much time in the hospital in my life! Right now, I am on oral meds and tolerating them well. I was going to Infectious Disease weekly but now have graduating to monthly.
    On 1/6/14, I go back to the OS and hopefully we are going to discuss the hardware removal surgery. It was supposed to be in December but of course, the bone wasn’t ready yet. That is the problem – I have to get the metal out to clear up the infection but the bone is not ready to remove the hardware.
    At the end of November, they gave me a bone stimulator. At first, I was skeptical about it. How could this possibly work?? Now after wearing it for 10 hours a day for the past 5 weeks, I feel stronger. I still can’t walk on my own but I am down to one crutch.
    I am eagerly awaiting my next and final surgery – I want to be my old self again. I have never heard of anyone having this much trouble with a broken leg. I am glad there are forums for us!

  9. I incurred a Schatzker VI tibia plateau fracture 9/9/12. I was immediately treated for compartment syndrome and fitted with an external fixator. Plates and screws installed 10-4-12 (one day after my 56th birthday) and fixator removed. I began physical therapy three days a week two weeks later. Initially I received electrical stimulation of upper leg muscles along with range of motion exercises for knee and ankle, along with strengthening exercises with bands while laying and seated. Physical Therapist gave me ROM exercises to do at home. Two months into PT, I was put on a stationary bicycle in which they gradually decreased ‘seat to pedal’ distance. Three months into PT, they put me in the pool with water level to my shoulders in which I walked and exercised. At this time I was applying slight weight to my leg while on crutches. Pool water level at end of fourth month was just above my waist, I was walking with a cane and working with weights. I ended my PT sessions at end of the fourth month. I began riding my bicycle for an hour four days a week, walking one mile in the morning and two miles in the evening three days a week, continued weight exercises at the local gym, and continued ROM exercises. On my bicycle, initially I had to raise the seat as high as I could and still maintain ‘foot to pedal’ contact. All this time, I was experiencing discomfort in my knee, ankle, and shin (shin hurt like a shin splint would). Eventually I was able to return my bicycle seat to it’s normal height and my knee discomfort would dissipate after riding or walking a couple of miles. One year from my surgery, I decided I was going to run a half marathon thanksgiving weekend, so I started jogging. I devised my plan, stuck to it, and completed that half marathon without having to walk any. I finished in 2:32:30. I would have been ashamed of this time before my fracture, but I’m not now. I haven’t done much since that event, but now I’m starting my exercise routine which I had before my accident. I ran 3 miles per day every other day last week and I intend to run again tomorrow. My cycling will be performed on a stationary bike until this cold weather ends and my weight workouts will begin tomorrow. Before my accident, I was running five miles three days a week at a 7 minute per mile pace, riding my bicycle 30 miles three days a week at a 19 mph average and working with weights 5 days a week. I intend to return to this performance. I don’t wish a TPF on anyone. It is considered one of the hardest to overcome. I still have discomfort in my knee for a little while when I begin using it in any manner. My discomfort in my shin is hardly noticeable. I find myself becoming mad at my leg,knee,ankle, so I grit my teeth and plow through it’s rehab. My ankle still pops at times. Pain in my knee and leg is more than an annoyance when I twist on that leg or travel in any direction other than forward. My advise to anyone recovering from a TPF, is to do everything your Physical Therapist recommends and your doctor allows. Return to the top of this page and click on ‘physiotherapy’, I believe you should be doing everything listed religiously when approved by your doctor. I don’t feel the need, at this time, to have my hardware removed. I have not mounted that motorcycle yet on which my accident occurred while racing an off road enduro, but I feel that itch to begin shortly. I’ll have to scratch it.

    • Gary,

      Thanks for the in-depth, lengthy & specific note. Yours may be the first testimony I’ve read that is encouraging for people like us that are very active ( or were ) before this event. I just passed the one month post- op mark so still non WB & am feeling the cabin fever really starting to creep in. I’m trying to,keep the foot & ankle fluid while this dead leg remains in a splint. Now I go,outside everyday for a lap or two around the house–crutching along!

      I’m an avid cyclist so hope I can get on a stationary bike as soon as they allow it. I’ve also read numerous posts of the benefit of water to rehab.

      One of these days I hope to be back on my motorcycles as well…maybe even those skis that caused this whole mess?!!

      Thanks again,

      Bill

    • And “scratch” you shall, Gary!
      Your comment has given me Hope.
      I don’t know any other way to verbalize the kind of thanks I have for you, by relating your sometimes difficult, forward moving Recovery.
      I’ve only been outdoors three times since I slipped on ice here in Yonkers, New York, 2/22/14 (ER; first idiot specialist; 2nd specialist who is MUCH better).
      #2 Doc is Dr. Evan Schwechter, MD of Montefiore Hospital (Bainbridge, The Bronx) & was SO impressed that I came into his office for the FIRST time, with my small “TPF Notebook” with WRITTEN DOWN questions in it, that he ACTUALLY paid attention.
      When I asked about where I was on The Schazker Scale, his eyes widened: “Excuse me, I have to sit.”
      He did. “Are you a nurse or something?”
      (For a fleeting moment, I thought: does he think I’m an RN because I’m female? I COULD be a doctor!). I kept this thought to myself.
      So, in a friendly/inquisitively soft voice, I replied:
      “No: But I’m a human who’s gonna ask alota questions about the only body I will have the opportunity to LIVE in. I want to heal. So I’ll ask, and you can answer. That OK?”
      He could only shake his head with vulnerability. I asked again about The Schazker Scale level I was at: “How did you know about THAT?”
      “I own a computer.”
      “Oh,” He replied.
      From that point on, he answered every question I had in my 5.5 X 3.5 one inch thick spiral bound notebook. I had a pen & wrote down some of his responses while he spoke. Others, I didn’t need to write down. I made SURE to keep eye contact with him. I noted that, initially, this was not an easy task for him, but in the course of the fifteen minute examination (as a counselor, I’ll call it, “MY Session”) he began to meet my eyes when he spoke, & even referred to my X-Ray on the computer screen in the room (Montefiore is totally on the EMR System, “Electronic Medical Record” so all your X-Rays, MRI/CAT scan results, previous appointments are there for the doc to view by a click).
      I believe that in the very FIRST appt. with ANY doctor, you DO have the power to set the tone, and “ESTABLISH” a Meaningful RELATIONSHIP with the doc. You gotta be serious & firm, but NICE. You gotta ask DETAILED questions, but NICE. You are Respectful to the doc, & s/he will (usually) respond in return. If not: Clearly (again, nicely) inform the doc that you will take your checkbook to one of her/his colleagues on the LIST of your Medical insurance. Generally it don’t get to this point, once you inform them that “this is the ONLY body I will get, so I’m serious about doing all this right. SO TALK TO ME!”
      There is something about entering the room with a written list of Questions in your small Notebook & a pen. Because of the wheelchair, or if you are on crutches, have a “Fanny Pack” or small pouch on a string around your neck (Guys: now-a-days this is NOT weird or less than masculine looking. Besides: our body is damaged. Carry the small notebook & pen. You never know when you will think of a question during the day to jot down! The WORST feeling is remembering a question as you are in the elevator, LEAVING the doctor’s office!
      I LOVE this website! I don’t feel ALONE in my tiny apartment, not being able to get outside.
      Thank you to ALL of you on this website. You are helping me “walk through this” particular Journey in my life.
      Email anytime. Please share this with others. We need to take care of Ourselves by caring for Others.
      “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in Others, BELONG to us, as well.” – Voltaire
      SORRY: Can’t resist a good quote:
      One from “Criminal Minds” (TV program final statement of every episode gives one & you can Google a website to read ALL of them):
      “Scars (insert “TPF’s) remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to Dictate where we’re going.”
      Probably how FAST we’ll get there, though!!!
      Don’t know the author of that one. Interesting web site to check out form your wheelchair.
      Again: BLESSINGS to you & to ALL with Tibia Trouble.
      Email me anytime. I’m here.
      Robbin “Bobbie” Clarke, Yonkers, New York

  10. My TPF occurred on 12-27-13, a rather I undramatic fall while skiing. I am 52 yr old. Ski patrol “called it” on the mountain, ER x ray confirmed. Waited to see orthopedic trauma surgeon at U Penn, Dr Samir Mehta, when I got home 10 days later. Fully expecting surgery he felt I would heal from type I TPF on my own. Five weeks later I’m out of full leg brace (today!) an ready for PT. Very interested to learn about recovery and how to regain full ROM and strength, if possible.

    • Hello April, I am in my hotel room after a fall while I was skiing. I am also 52 and my fall was undramatic as well. I was diagnosed by the ski resort physician with TPF just 6 hours ago. I am doing my research and found your posting and was interested in how your recovery is going. My husband and I are staying a few extra days at the hotel before we fly home to give my knee some time for the swelling to go down. I am curious what the determining factor was for your non-surgical choice? I hope all goes well for the both of us.

      • Hi Sandra,
        So sorry for your injury! First, let me encourage to you join the Facebook page Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery. It is an invaluable resource. It’s a closed group, instructions on how to join are at the top of the page. Members speak freely and openly about their experience while offering encouragement and support during recovery. Many thanks to Judy Flentge for the suggestion.

        Today is 11wk anniversary of my injury. I had a Type 1 Closed TPF, the “simplest” version of the injury (google Schatzker TPF classification). I was in tip top physical shape, low body weight, excellent health overall. I do tons of yoga so my kinetic awareness is quite high. The type of fracture was the primary consideration, all of the of the other factors contributed to the no surgery diagnosis. The surgeon was confident that my bone would mend on its own and it has. I had thought that surgery would help me heal faster/better but he said that was a false assumption. The most conservative route is to heal on your own. The swelling might begin to subside but expect to stick around for a least the first couple of months.

        I wrote a much longer response but i’m not sure if it’s appropriate for this forum. Is there some way for me to send it to you directly?

          • How’s it going? I’m two weeks into full weight bearing and making good progress. In fact, my son and I spend the week in Panama. I did bring a collapsible cane and had some swelling but otherwise no worse for the wear. It does get better!!

  11. I slipped on ice 2/21 & got TPF. In 1968 (age 12) I wrecked up the knee playing basketball. Back in those OLDEN days, doc said “Ice, elevate & soak in Epsom Salts.” This was his solution for EVERYTHING!!!!
    In 1995, had first surgery for dislocated patella & medial meniscal tear after falling on a wet stair on this same knee.
    Then 2/21/14 fall on ice: fell sideways into a snow bank, & the knee never even came close to touching the pavement. In that “Falling”moment: it just felt like somebody snapped me in the outer knee with a rubber band. WOW: the pain is bad!
    No surgery suggested.
    What is it about these docs that won’t answer questions?
    I had to get a little “Bronx-ie” with the Ortho doc to get answers to my questions, which I had, WRITTEN DOWN, before arriving to my first appointment.

  12. Hello, I am 48 yrs old and 4 weeks ago twisted my knee. No fall, loud pop, serious pain. Initial diagnosis was unremarkable. Days later my MRI showed non displaced lateral tibial plateau fracture and torn medial meniscus. My surgeon has had me in brace, both with and without hinge, NWB. I have been fairly compliant about NWB, but often find myself lightly walking around house to manage alone during the day. My surgeon has been waiting for the fracture to heal, and next week I am having surgery to correct the torn meniscus. The side note to all of this is that I am osteopenic and have broken many bones in the past few years, with slow healing results. My concern is the ability of TPF to heal on its own. The surgeon said correcting the meniscus may put valgus pressure on the tibial head has chosen to allow the TPF to somewhat heal before addressing the meniscus. (hence the 5 wk wait) What is the likelihood that the surgeon will need to put screws in my tibial plateau while correcting meniscus tear? I am wondering if I should have advocated for surgical intervention on the TPF earlier, rather than extending my healing time for so long. I am apprehensive that all of this is simply leading up to many more weeks of NWB and being out of work. I am an elementary physical education teacher… Thoughts?

  13. Fell 3 wrungs of step ladder29/12/3013 sustained tibial plateau fracture to left leg.
    Since doing this I have had seven general anasthetics in last eleven weeks .The consultant sent me home to get walking for a while then I have got to have knee replacement visited physio yesterday who has referred me to hydrotherapy every time I stand up or attempt to do the exercise my knee swells like a purple football.
    The last op was to repair all the ligaments in my knee this has been most painfully op to date.In the beginning I had compartment syndrome due too all these ops my leg is a patchwork of scars glad I found this site anyone else have the same problem after eleven weeks I am getting really down about this now and feel as if I’m getting nowhere
    The consultant told my daughter it will take a year to be at my best

  14. I slipped on ice & got 5mm fracture: I get xrayed again in April & HOPE to avid Op. also left leg, Pyramid. Happened 2/21/14, & they GUESS three to 4 mos., IF I am a “Good Girl” & absolutely NOT place ANY weight on the leg before they say so. Still swollen, can’t work, 58 year old lady who is bored to tears & wants my independence back!

    • I hear you loud and clear! BUT be confident that non-weight bearing is essential. It is the unifying message among all of the various type of TPF injuries. Let that bone heal. When I was especially frustrated I would remind myself that I was focused on healing for the next 20+YEARS not weeks. Crazy head trip though, no doubt about it. Hang in there!

  15. So sorry to hear about your accident. I understand how boring (and depressing) it can be to completely sidelined. Try to keep your spirits with exercise for your core, upper body, and good leg. I spent a lot of time with Netflix. Finished several entire series. Read, do puzzles to keep your brain active. Someone bought me a Kindle and that occupied a lot of my time. But, whatever you do….don’t weight bear. Last thing you want is to prolong your healing by using that leg when it is not ready.

  16. Almost 2 weeks since my surgery .
    Non-weight bearing for 3-4 months!!
    I am happy to have found this forum , as I am feeling “down”‘looking at the time it apparently takes to heal from this fracture.
    I hope I am ” signing ” on right.
    Looking forward to hearing what others have say about this journey!
    Cary

  17. If you’re on Facebook, put Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery in the search box at the top of the page. This will take you to a closed group page for those of us dealing with this injury. The first post is by Liza where she explains how to join the group.

    I cannot express how much help this group has been to me! It’s rightfully difficult for family and friends to fully understand what we’re dealing with and sometimes you just need to vent, moan, groan, cry, scream… (well you get the picture) to understanding ears. It is also a fantastic place to hear how other PT and OS are dealing with the injury. No single approach.

    It’s like this forum on steroids. Check it out.

    • For some reason I am having trouble accessing the FB page . I typed in the tibial plateau fracture recovery….didnit see any posts by Liza, only a group count .
      What am I doing wrong? Do I need a sponsor ?
      Cary

  18. Thanks! Before “The Fall” I was a Planet Fitness & Pilates regular. I started working out on the couch two weeks ago when the doc said: “OK-just NO weight bearing.” The leg is coming back fast, but have pain on outer left corner of knee. When you said “Netflix” what did you mean? Is this something on the computer? On the TV? I am also seeking FREE Spanish Language stuff/websites/Webinars on the computer, to brush up my High School Spanish for when I can get back to work….Anybody know of any? Robbin Clarke in Yonkers, NY.

  19. Netflix…It is a subscription based movie and TV site. You can watch the movies and shows on your computer or TV. In order to watch them on TV you need to have internet access on your TV… I bought myself an inexpensive projector and have set up a “movie” room by projecting the computer picture up onto the wall. At least I am not propped up in bed watching a little screen this way…

  20. Cary, if you go to the further reading tab on this site you’re will find the link to the Facebook page under community

  21. I work in the mental health field and two of my clients got into a fight. One pushed the other with such force that he fell on me, breaking my tibia. I’m just very angry at this point. I’m not a person to set inside and I am scared to do anything. I can’t drive so have to rely on others. I will be having surgery in about 2 weeks. I’m 59 years old and am praying all goes ok. And that I try to stay positive. Not easy. So glad we have this forum.

    • Hi Cindy, I am same age and making good progress. Be patient an take the advice of your surgeon. Why do you have to wait so long for surgery?

    • Hi Cindy,

      I’m 65, am a Social Worker and got my TPF by falling down a flight and a half of stairs. I also try to stay positive and most days it works. But then there is the days that my anger about what happened flares and I become frustrated and very negative. Then I get the attitude I don’t want to do any of this anymore…that I’m tired of going up my stairs on my butt to leave my apartment…that I’m tired of my arms and hands being sore from using the walker. That I want to be able to cook, work out at the gym, ride my mountain bike and even go to the movies. What I’m trying to say is none of this is easy so we need to take one day at a time and just BREATHE………………………………

      Dottie

  22. I got my tpf on February 15,2014. I just got off the chairlift and was on flat ground and crossed my skis. When I went to uncross them, I felt my outside of my left knee pull, then I fell on the right side. I could not get up and had the ski patrol take me done the hill. I found out most ski injuries occur right before your last run. I am 56 and have been skiing for 36 years. I did not have to have surgery, and I am in the 6th week of recovery and have 4 more weeks of non weight bearing. I am very active and want to know will I be able to ski again. If you are active, will your knee bother you the more you do? I am doing in home pt and have gotten good at my range of motion, but that has been painful. I’m very lucky I just retired and a very supportive husband. Just wondering what the future holds and what helps. Thanks.

  23. Hey Cindy & Dottie: I am also in the Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse field. I hear the emotional pain of being the person who was there for your clients, wanting to help them in THEIR Journey, & then getting unfortunately caught in a situation beyond your control, and having to suffer. I’ve been physically hurt at the Methadone Clinic where I counseled, and instead of empathy from my co-workers & supervisor, I was put down. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time did not count. Trying, in that moment, to use my personal & professional skills to diffuse a dangerous situation didn’t count to my boss. But, I know, in my heart, that what I did, was the right thing. MY knowing: is all that matters.
    Now YOU have a different Journey.
    Your body is temporarily damaged, but you still have your Mind & your incredible Spirit. Maybe God (or The Universe, or Karma,Yahweh, Buddha, your Higher Power..etc. Pick one or none…) wants you to sit still & Listen for a time. Maybe this is the opportunity in your life to go inward, make decisions/plans, think about Love….only YOU know. Maybe not right now: but keep Listening to your Spirit: that same Spirit that called you to your vocation in Behavioral/Mental Health long ago. That voice still calls. Take this inert time to Listen closely. That’s what I’m doing, but some days it’s difficult to be open to hearing…. You & I will just keep an open Heart & an open ear……..

  24. Great website. Suffered a bicondylar (type v?) TPF 2 weeks ago today. Surgery last Saturday. It’s great reading how others have dealt with what seems to be quite a rare injury and the timescales associated with it healing.

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