Yeehaw, got my medical records. Nothin' like a few photos to remind a gal why her ankle's sore.
Photo two's a nice shot of the plate and screws that hold it to the fibula. The crooked screw is placed that way to bring the two parts of the pulled-apart bone together. (Yeah, yeah, I've already heard all the jokes about having a screw loose.)
And last but not least, the extra long screw that goes all the way through the tibia and fibula. I'm guessing shots 2 and 3 were taken during surgery. The long screw was added because there was too much ligament damage to give the plate and smaller screws any stability.
This Friday I get out of the boot. Been in it six weeks, following four
weeks in a cast. Then one week later on June 1, I have another surgery to get the long screw out. That'll put me back in the boot for 7-10 days. Meanwhile the PT appointments continue. (No, PT does not stand for physical therapy. It stands for pure torture.)
Rest of the hardware will come out after a minimum of six months. I'm thinking maybe October, after my fall traveling is done. That will be another surgery and will put me back again--either in the boot or on crutches.