Heidi Westum Kjerngard
Accidents Do Happen
Updated: Mar 11, 2019
Sometimes Accidents Do Happen and for no reason at all, they just happen. That is what happened to me Monday the 17th of July 2017.
I was on my way to work early in the morning, it was a bit cold that morning and suddenly I slipped, fell and ended up with a massive fractured Patella (kneecap)
This is a serious injury where you break your kneecap, usually in a fall. If the broken pieces are still lined up, you’ll get a cast to hold everything in place as you heal. Sometimes, you can still put weight on your knee. In other cases, you might be off your feet for 6 to 8 weeks.
For a more serious fracture, you typically need surgery. Your doctor may use screws, pins, or wires to hold the bone pieces in place.
In either case, you’ll need physical therapy to work through stiffness, get your range of motion back, and build leg strength.
Ok, I needed surgery, it was broken in several pieces and is now hold together with pins and wires and you won´t believe the pain.
After my surgery I had this huge black thingy with Velcro on it as my foot had to be completely straight for the first month. I had to use this thingy for two months.
The day I had the last checkup at the Hospital and I could leave this thingy was just awesome.
Rehabilitation with a physical therapist once a week started at the end of month two and I still need some, but the first year was very intensive.
On the first Hospital visit after the accident, I asked about my vacation plans. You see, my husband and I had booked tickets for our first trip to Australia with a stopover in Singapore and Hong Kong, and I needed to know if I could do that.
And if I followed Doctors Orders I was told I could go and I was super happy. I traveled with a disability experienced this amazing customer service from the Airlines.
And with the wonderful help from my husband, we had an amazing trip, even with though we had to reduce our plans, it was amazing. He took the pictures below pictures with my mobile.