Apparently My Ankle Failed To Look At The Calendar

I woke up this morning and immediately felt like my ankle was better. I’d slept great, my foot didn’t feel as stiff, and the swelling wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be.

So you can imagine my surprise when I went to the doctor and he told me that I’d broken my ankle.

The good news is that it’s a really clean break. He gave me the option of a boot or a cast, and I picked a boot because NO CRUTCHES. Apparently boots fall under a category in our insurance where we have to meet a certain deductible for it to be completely covered, so I had to pay for the boot out of pocket. I didn’t mind at all because NO CRUTCHES, but after the receptionist handed me my receipt it occurred to me that this boot is pretty much the most expensive shoe I’ve ever owned in my life.


It’s certainly not the cutest, though.

On the way home from the doctor I started to think about everything that’s going on in the next six weeks – including, you know, CHRISTMAS – and I started to feel a little panick-y because THIS IS NOT A TERRIBLY CONVENIENT TIME FOR A BROKEN BONE. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I can still do almost everything that I’d planned to do; the only catch is that I’m going to have to move a little slower. “Hurry” is not really an option for me right now. The boot will not allow it.

And honestly, I’m not so sure that that’s a bad thing. Especially during the holidays.

Clearly I’m in the middle of a glass-half-full moment.

And also: DENIAL.

But let’s just run with it, okay?

By the way, Hazel is just sick with guilt.



I do hope you’ll keep her in your prayers.

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  1. Oh no! I’m so sorry about the broken bone (and about the fact that for the rest of your life every time you tell about your broken bone tee tee will be part of the story). Maybe being forced to slow down for the holidays will work in your favor. As for poor Hazel..I see that she is fully engrossed in the worst case of self-castigation i have seen in years. Prayers for the poochie.

  2. Oh my goodness! Such a sad turn of events…..take care and rest up.

  3. Bummer :( Hopefully you get the added convenience of holiday shopping with a handicap parking pass. GLASS HALF FULL. :)

  4. The most relaxing Christmas I ever had was the one I spent in a boot after breaking a bone in my foot. Shop? Sorry, can’t do that. Decorate? Oh, too bad about that. Cook? I have to go sit down now. I laid around and binge-watched all eight seasons of Monk. Take advantage of your immobility! it’s almost as good as being pregnant!

  5. Jennifer S says:

    Oh Sophie, I’m so sorry! Take care lady – and Amazon Prime is a great thing!

  6. Oh goodness! So sorry! Take care of yourself and REST when you can.

  7. Ooohh Sophie! 😥 if I were closer I’d try to help you out! Take care of yourself! We also have a dog that suffers from nervous peeing. Although, she doesn’t seem to suffer…

  8. So sorry about your ankle! I had to get a boot like that earlier in the year and I agree – the most expensive footwear I’ve ever owned! Good grief!
    Enjoy your downtime as much as you can. :)

  9. Sophie, you are probably the only woman on the planet that could make a broken ankle hilarious. Praying for you, sweet sister. God bless.

  10. Prayers for quick healing!

  11. I have SO much empathy for you right now. I fell at exactly this time last year and broke my ankle and wore that same boot. It was pretty awful. I’m so sorry!!

  12. Oh. NO!! Feel better, and heal quick. BTW, my mom just finished your book and was delighted and Laughed Out Loud at several points. We enjoyed reading it out loud to each other and thinking of the times we’d spent with our people – so thanks for the great memories of yours to send us thinking about ours. All good, my friend, all good.

  13. Poor sweet thing. And Hazel, too. ;) They sure grow fast, don’t they?

  14. So sorry about your foot, but you’re right, anything that makes us slow down during the holidays might not be a bad thing.
    My arm had been hurting for a couple of weeks and I just wrapped it in an Ace bandage and tried to ignore it, but yesterday I went for my yearly physical and my doctor suggested an x-ray. I think she just wanted to try out her nifty new in office x-ray machine. She came right back and said, “Hey guess what, your arm is broken.” It’s a stress fracture, which means I did so much heavy lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying of 40 lb toddlers that I BROKE MYSELF.

  15. You poor thing!!! But, now you can be BootMama =)

  16. Ann in Maryland says:

    Aww, looks like she’s sleeping the sleep of angels. But I’ll keep her in my prayers, and you too for a quick recovery!

  17. Oh no! I am so sorry this happened. And, what I am most concerned about is your mental health during the big game this weekend. I hope this boot doesn’t interfere with your need to vacuum or paint cabinets! :)

  18. So sorry! It’s a tough season on SEC ankles, apparently. Treadwell, Yeldon…Hudson. Hope you can still go cheer on our Dawgs! (SO nervous!)

  19. You could pull a “Claire Huxtable” and dress that boot up!! One of my favorite episodes of the Cosby Show. :-)

  20. Stephanie Pickle says:

    Sorry to hear it is broke, my mom broke her ankle around April and it was a LONG process!!!!! But she had to have steel plates and steel rods. I will pray for you!!!!

  21. Oh, I feel your pain. I have broken my right ankle twice… the second time, it was much like your experience. Walked around on it for two days before I decided I should probably go to the doctor. Hope you heal quickly!

  22. I am do sorry that you broke your ankle !! I broke mine a little over 5 years ago, 9 screws later I’m as good as new! During my recovery my two year old at the time decided that it would be a great time to potty train !! It is a little difficult to run a two year old to the bathroom with crutches !! Lots of memories there! Best of luck during your recovery!!

  23. I’m so sorry you broke your ankle. I had to wear a boot last summer for six weeks (broken bone in my foot) and spent a week walking around Italy in the boot. You’ll get used to it in no time!

  24. So sorry about your broken ankle. I could have sent you my boot that I used two years ago for foot surgery. I kept it because it was the MOST expensive shoe I ever had too! (And you never know when you might need it again…) Mend quickly sweet Sophie!