Francie’s Surgical Journey

Surgery under a week away. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Not only am I nervous for the surgery itself but mainly for the recovery. I am my happiest when I am active and playing sports, it’s something I’ve done all my life. To suddenly not be able to do the things I love has been pretty tough, there have already been a few mental breakdowns and I haven’t even had surgery yet.

I have set myself a very optimistic timeline, and I know it is optimistic and things don’t always go to plan, but I think being positive and motivated to recover can really help speed up the recovery process. The goal is to play in the Australian Beach Handball National Championships for Wellington as well as the Oceania Championships for NZ which are both scheduled for the last weekend of February 2016. When I say I have an optimistic timeline, I really mean I am being optimistic. I have already purchased my flights.

In July, I slipped on some water whilst playing Netball. I didn’t think much of it. I thought I had done some kind of muscular damage, which I believed would sort itself out after a few sessions of physio.

However 2 months later, we weren’t making a lot of progress and it was still giving me grief. The difficult thing was, that I didn’t present any of the symptoms I should have with the type of injury I had. I wasn’t in a huge amount of pain, it was more of an annoying dull ache. Not painful enough to stop me from exercising and playing sport but enough to be uncomfortable. I went through a series of scans and specialist appointments, and more scans, and more appointments. It all came down to some bone fragments that had broken of the back of my ankle. So in a week’s’ time, I will be getting these fragments removed to hopefully be pain free and back to doing what I love –playing sport.

So here, I will track my (hopefully positive) progress. I have so far, booked in for rehab at Willis Street as soon as my stitches come out. I am planning a  rapid recovery!

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