Pickle Ball Won

Pickle Ball 2, family 0.

A couple locations in my county had free court time to get people interested in pickle ball.  My father (in his 60s) and I (30) played one Tuesday night.  He had been playing at the YMCA with my teenage niece for a while.  I’ve played sports my whole life so it was more competitive with me.  During our second game he felt a pop in his leg and we had to stop right away.  He hurt his Achilles.  We do not know how bad it was as he never went to the doctor, but he had full use of his foot and by Friday he was walking fine.

On Friday the 19th a coworker and I went to play.  We met an old coworker and my dad came to watch.  He told my friend to ‘humble me’ because I was doing pretty well for my second night playing.  We started our last game at 5:40.  It was 7-2, them.  I took a step to get to the ball, my foot stuck to the basketball court floor, I thought I got hit with a basketball, and I went down.  The basketball was still in play ten yards away from me and I could not stand up on my own.  I had no idea what happened.  My knee hurt and my foot was floppy.  Thankfully the fireman we were playing against helped me up and told me what to watch for.  As I was helped off the court, I kept saying there was no resistance; there was no tension on my foot.

On Saturday the 20th of February, I went to Urgent Care.  The doctor took an x-ray of both legs and told me there was nothing wrong but I should follow up with an orthopedic doctor on Monday.  The diagnosis was ankle pain and she gave me one of the air casts that has a felt bottom and white plastic sides.

Monday morning I went to work and started calling doctors.  I found out that there was an orthopedic doctor on call the day I went to Urgent Care.  I saw his nurse practitioner Monday afternoon.  She knew right away it was a rupture and she was betting it was full.  I was put in a short boot with two foam wedges and told not to walk on it.  The MRI was Tuesday evening.  I got a call at court on Wednesday telling me to be at the hospital at 5am on Thursday for surgery and to get my lab work done as soon as possible.  Then the lovely snowstorm hit Indiana.

Thursday morning I was prepped for surgery and I offhandedly asked the anesthesiologist if I could watch.  She agreed and gave me a spinal block.  I finally got to meet the orthopedic doctor as I was getting wheeled into surgery.  I never realized just how naked they leave you, even when having surgery on an ankle.  They made the first cut at 7:33 am on the 25th.  A few minutes later someone announced that we were under a state of emergency due to the snow.  Great.  They had me fixed and stapled shut by 7:55.

I was in room with my dad by 9 am.  My spinal did not wear off until 2:30 pm.  Thankfully the nurse had me take a good pill before it wore off completely so the pain never hit.  I was wrapped in gauze, then a fiberglass splint, then an ace wrap.  One of the nuns stopped in and when she saw the cast she recommended contractor trash bags to keep it from getting wet.

I never saw the doctor again, but he was leaving for vacation and trying to get out before they started ticketing for driving during a state of emergency.  My dad got to talk to the doctor.  He found out that it was a complete rupture and that surgery went really well.  The MRI showed that I had 3.5 cm torn and .3 cm left.  Apparently those 3 mm did not last long.

That day was rough.  Thankfully my dad helped me get the right trash bags and all my medications.  Then, my niece stayed with me for the night to take care of my dogs.  I used the pain killers as prescribed because the ankle burned like I poured hot coffee down my leg.

Also, whoever decided toilets should be so low to the ground should be punched.  I cannot imagine what the injured do in countries where they squat to do their business.

One Response to “Pickle Ball Won”

  1. I too am a Pickleball ATR survivor. There’s something playing with older seniors and the younger one that gets injured thats especially cruel:) My doc said that there is evidence that tears are genetic. When I asked if there was any other part of my body I should be careful of, he mentioned rotator cuff.

    Anyhow, many people have no idea what Pickleball is, so they laugh when you first tell them. I met a guy in Costco who slipped on frozen dog piss. I gave him a list pump and walked away knowing someone else had a funnier story.

    I just had surgery Sunday April 10th after I re-ruptured it. Initially happened Dec 24th. Joy. Heal quickly!

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