Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Here are 12 things I wish someone had told me when I first started on the long and rocky road to recovering from a broken leg.

  1. This is going to take longer than you think. Don’t make plans.
  2. Accept all the help you’re offered, including home-help, and don’t be afraid to ask for more.
  3. Those tables they have in hospital, the sort with wheels that go under the bed and a tray that goes over it, are a must. Don’t wait months to ask for one.
  4. Fancy ergonomic crutches are so much more comfortable to use than the straight ones.
  5. Don’t get left alone without a phone, water, drugs, something to eat and a Thermos all within easy reach. And the remote control for the TV.
  6. Having a shower and getting dressed is enough to do in one day.
  7. Practical, comfortable clothes with lots of pockets (so you can carry things while using crutches) are going to be the go for a while. And don’t even think about wearing heels; they are years down the track.
  8. Healing takes a lot of energy. Sleep is the best medicine.
  9. Determination will not get you through this. In fact, it will be counter-productive. You need to go with what’s happening, however frustrating and unpalatable it might be.
  10. When the surgeon offers you the chance to have the rod taken out of your leg, say yes. Everything will get so much better after that.
  11. You are not in control of your life just now. Accept it.
  12. Remember what’s really important (family). Everything else you might have to let go.

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