It was just another ordinary Sunday night. It just so happened that that night my friends and I choose to play some walleyball (volleyball in the racquetball rooms). It was game point in the opposing teams favor. They served the ball and one of my team members hit the ball. I could tell it wasn’t going to be returned, so I did a quick little sprint/dive to get the ball. And I did hit the ball, but to no avail, we still lost. I lost more in one way in that moment. When I did my sprint/dive, my ankle had fallen in and I heard a little crack. As I got up, I had to limp out of the racquetball room. I realized that my ankle may be in trouble. As I got outside of the room, I re-looked at my ankle and saw that it had swollen to twice its size. I am a person that usually ignores pain, but in that moment I had to admit that there was something wrong. And indeed there was. I couldn’t put any weight on my ankle. Therefore, one of my friends took the liberty or piggy-backing me back to my dorm.
The next morning I got up and went to the Health Center on campus (also assisted by a friend). When I got there, they immediately put me on crutches. When the doc was able to see me, he told me that I either had a break or a sprain. He wanted me to go the hospital to get an X-ray and see which one it was. In the mean time, he gave me a ankle brace, some pain medication, and a slip that would allow me to get an X-ray at the hospital. To put this long story to end, good news everyone, I got the results back and it is just a sprain!
Naturally, I have learned some things now that I live this #crutchlyfe.
1). Each registered student has $1000 worth of free medical bills at the Health Center. Therefore, the medication, brace, X-ray, and Crutch rental were all free!
2). Hope College people are nice people. I have had a lot of people offer to help me whenever. I love me some Hope people.
3). Crutch Walking is a work out and a skill. At this point, I can handle it pretty well, but I sucked at it at first.
4). Snow and Crutches do not mix.
5). I am going to be a terrible old person to have to deal with. As an independent being, I don’t like having to get help very often. Sorry future kids….
Since it is just a sprain, I do hope to be off the crutches by Friday. We will see!