Life had almost gotten back to normal...
Things were going as smoothly as they could in the situation I was in. My fibula still hadn't healed but I was working around it very well. I had been subscribed a newly funded limb reconstruction machine by my hospital and I was to try that out for a month.
It's called 'Exogen', and it works by using ultrasound to stimulate blood supply to the broken bone. On reported studies it increases the healing process by 33% and had 86% pass rate so I was very much looking forward to finally be on the mend!
Whilst I was using this machine and thinking I was on the mend, life had been getting back to normal. I had started sixth form, so that was good keeping me busy on the academic side of things again. My subjects are: Sports Studies, Psychology and Design Technology. I'm really enjoying it so far and spending more time with my mates again.
Training had been going very well too. I had a good training regime under way which I stuck to for the four weeks. I had been doing three or four gym sessions a week with two swimming sessions, which were interval based, working on getting my base fitness back up to scratch.
Unfortunately, the four-week mark came and my fibula had made no improvement again. So surgery was the final option. I went in on the 16th October for a bone graft and the removal of the two out of 11 pins in my ankle/fibula.
The operation was successful and luckily I was well enough to go home the following day (even though I threw up quite a bit during the night), which was my 17th birthday. It wasn't the birthday I would have hoped for as you can tell - sleeping most of the day and feeling quite sick, but it was nice to spend the time with my family and girlfriend.
I feel well enough now to start doing little gym sessions again and get back to the sessions I was doing before my operation. I have another five weeks of being in a cast for my fibula to be healed, then the rehab starts again. So I'm hoping to be back on my bike and in full training again in about two and a half months.
The road to recovery is almost over and boy, I can't wait!