7 ways to survive 14 days (at least) in a leg cast

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So, a funny thing happened last weekend: apparently, I fractured my tibia. Let’s ignore the hilarious and mildly traumatic back-story for the moment. My bosses were kind enough to give me 2 weeks off from work, and while this initially sounded like an awesome idea (2 weeks of bedrest and recovery! Why, it’s like a mini-vacation!), the reality is quickly turning into one of those weird NASA sensory deprivation experiments.

See, 2 weeks turns into a long time when you are partially immobilised by a full-leg cast, but when you happen to be partially immobilised in a minuscule, one-room studio apartment, it turns into a really long time. Have you ever seen studio apartments in Asia? They are MATCHBOXES, and being stuck in a matchbox has a funny effect on you. The days blend together, the hours turn into one, you begin to forget what your neighborhood looks like, you exhaust the entertainment value of the Internet, and (most horrifying of all) you gradually become aware of all the pockets of dust around the apartment that you’d never had time to notice before, and which you now can’t avoid because there’s nowhere to run.

So, to combat the mind-numbing boredom that began to set in around day 2 (and the unquenchable urge to scrub my apartment mercilessly), I’ve come up with a few fool-proof techniques to occupy the time:

1. Learn to French-braid your own hair.

2. Hop on the Song of Ice and Fire bandwagon.

3. Watch every movie on your harddrive, including (of course) Rear Window. Suddenly become suspicious of all your neighbours.

4. Finally study Korean, for real!

5. Discover that your cast makes a great percussion instrument, and begin drumming out beats on it in hopes of activating some kind of ancient healing energy (srsly!)

6. Try and think of clever ways to get exercise even while feeling your leg slowly atrophy (Crunches in a cast = great way to engage your core!)

7. Most importantly, spend hours coding the f— out of a new blog theme (Check it out, check it out!!), and finally make an update to announce it. (Subtle, right?)

Now here’s hoping that healing energy kicks in!

(p.s.: Major props to everyone who threw in to buy me a wheely office chair so I don’t have to crutch despondently around the apartment all day! Sorry this isn’t a video of me zooming around the apartment, but hopefully it’ll do. I love you people. 사랑해~~!)

15 Responses to 7 ways to survive 14 days (at least) in a leg cast

  1. Kirstin 4 November, 2011 at 03:34 #

    “Apparently, I fractured my tibia…” whaaaaat? Will your loyal fans ever get the juicy back-story?

    • na-o-mi 7 November, 2011 at 03:50 #

      It’s embarrassing…a friend of mine slipped and knocked me over when she fell, and I landed with my knee twisted under me. Don’t even ask me how you can fracture a tibia through torque, because it REALLY grosses me out to even think about it :(

  2. Jackie 9 November, 2011 at 06:41 #

    Last winter I broke my big toe, and in Bulgaria that gets you three weeks off of work. It was a nightmare of boredum.

    • na-o-mi 9 November, 2011 at 18:37 #

      Oh man, that’s the worst!! I hate not being able to walk normally…thank god I have friends that are willing to come to me to hang out ;)

  3. Jill 13 November, 2011 at 09:22 #

    Oh yikes! What an awful injury! I just found your blog. I think I need to take some time to explore it properly. Hope the boredom subsides!

    • na-o-mi 18 November, 2011 at 00:47 #

      Thank you miss…here’s hoping as well!!

  4. Nancy 28 November, 2011 at 06:33 #

    Oh, boy, can I empathize! When I was a graduate student, I fell and broke my tibia AND fibia on my last night of skiing. Hang in there!

  5. Matt T. Hew 24 May, 2013 at 07:51 #

    You’ve been soooo sexy with your long leg cast… :)

  6. alex21 31 October, 2013 at 21:49 #

    Very beautiful girl in long leg cast.How is your leg?I hope you feel better and dont have any pain.

  7. alex21 7 November, 2013 at 04:06 #

    Did you take the cast off?

  8. Jamie 26 December, 2014 at 07:49 #

    That’s going to help three days ago I fell off my roof and broke my tibia and fibula and it was really painfull I’ll try all these things thanks

  9. Bill Sleifer 29 December, 2014 at 22:47 #

    I broke my tib and fib when I fell down a flight of stairs. Lucky it was a clean break. The doc told me I had a choice either have an operation which would shorten my length of time in a long leg cast to 3 months, or he could set my leg but no guarantee how long I would have to be in a cast, I could be in a cast for a minimum of 4 months to a good year. I decided to go without the operation. The Doc set me leg, and I had lot of pain meds, I was then sent to the casting room where my leg was put in a long leg cast. The doc explained once the bones in my leg were set and I was in a cast that in about 2 to 3 weeks the pain would go away. What I did find out which was really bad news is being in a long legged cast makes you an immediate couch potato. Being a couch potato does take some serious getting use to. It has now been 3 months and the really bad news once the pain went away I started to adjust to my new life style being in a long leg cast and being a couch potato, the problem is now I am started to get quite fat and no matter what I do my stomach and back muscles have become quite weak. I asked the doc about that he explained because of age that even when he does take the cast off that unfortunately even when I go back to being active I would not be about to lose the fat that I will most likely be permanently fat, the doc explained breaking ones leg does have a very dramatic life style change. The other bad news is that after examining my leg it appears he is going to have to re break my leg re set the bones and put me back in a long leg cast. The doc told me that this might have to go on for a good year.
    What I have had to do is work on myself to just accept all of this as tough as it is.


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