February 8, 2017


Spiral Fracture - Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

The day before I went back to work from a wonderful 2 weeks leave, I was out on an innocent walk with ma’ pooch during a delicious tropical rain shower that blissfully cools. In the space of a few seconds my usually agile body learnt it’s first lesson in being grounded as I slipped and fell and felt something happen in my ankle that was horrifying not cool.

Spiral Fracture - Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

My foot bruising matches the hospital curtains beautifully!

Now, this little Shenannagator has never in her entire life experienced breaks and fractures, or even a sprain, in fact, our entire family have bones of steel – it’s not our thing you see! Even as a kid I’d fall off bikes (I’m talking stunt lady stuff… this one-time I went flying off the back of a 4 wheeler motorbike being manned by brother Nizzle and managed to land on my feet). I guess I sort of took it all for granted …until now!

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Scored a moon boot the first night while I waited for the specialist to come to town to see me!

So, imagine my shock and horror? Every single thought was simply not computing as I literally butt crawled back inside knowing I’d done something crazy weird and like a 5 year old all I wanted was my Momma, she later told me her first thought was to wonder why I was being so dramatic, sprawled half way inside the door panting!!! Clearly none of us are skilled in the art of first response in this family huh? Even Little Chef was whimpering with concern and worry; we all just stared at each other trying to conceive what in the hell just happened!

Spiral Fracture - Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

My very first X-Ray experience …

You’ll be glad to know we soon snapped out of our dumfounded confusion and into action, before long I was in the hospital emergency being prodded, examined and undergoing rapid fire questioning. 3 cheeky visits to the XRay clinic revealed a spiral fracture, which meant a week of sporting a 2 tonne heavy old back slab plaster cast while the swelling went down and I could be fitted with my fibre glass pink jobbie, and very much on my L Plates with crutches. A few slips, tumbles and many a bruise, there I was trying to be, but not amused!

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My brain reassures me that people aren’t actually destroyed by a broken leg or fall into fits of depression, because one’s body and mind are slow to come to grips with a temporary disability, but, sweet jeezuzzz folks, everything I attempt to do suddenly seems fraught with danger. Stairs, showers, negotiating footpaths and simply getting a document off the printer is a challenge, and don’t even get me started on how terrifying it is to walk up and down the gangway to catch the Ferry to and from work each day!

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Some catch the bus to work, I catch the ferry through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands

In a ridiculous moment of horror towards my mortality, I almost had a meltdown amongst hundreds of holidaying tourists on the wharf at the daunting task ahead of me to get up the gangway on crutches, when suddenly from nowhere appeared a dashing chap pushing a wheelchair (seriously, if anyone knows the tall dark and handsome lad wearing high vizz, with tatts on his forearms…. Hook a sista UP!!!), he scooped me up and took off up the jetty at breakneck speeds to the safety of the ferry. I swear I fell in love right there and then, no matter I was being pushed along in a grown-up pram.

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This foot ware is kinda messing with my tan lines, but at least its not the ugliest thing in the world to look at now!

Negotiating the daily grind ain’t easy folks, and I truly don’t like the experience one little bit, but, already I’m finding myself overwhelmed with appreciation of such simple things and all the genuine help and assistance I’m getting from complete strangers to co-workers and of course my Momma who is thankfully here to help with everything. I confess to not making friends with my crutches properly yet, they hurt and seem ridiculously awkward to use, but, I’m pretty sure I’d just have stayed in bed for the next 6 weeks or so if it wasn’t for everyone jumping in and helping, caring and encouraging me on.

Thankyou hardly seems enough, and I promise to get my graciousness on asap, but just for now – this really does suck!

So tell me dear reader, have you ever broken a bone? Tell me your war stories (the more gruesome, the better) in the comments below.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Denise Browning - February 18, 2017 Reply

Oh, my girl!!! I am so sorry! I hope you are feeling much, much better. Limitations are hard especially if it involves walking.
Glad that you have the right people around you, to take care of you and encourage you as well. Sending love from Texas! xx

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    Thanks my beautiful friend, I appreciate your kind and caring words. Hugs right back at you from the sunshiny Whitsundays in Queensland Australia. xoxo

Sue Slaght - February 18, 2017 Reply

Anna as I mentioned on Facebook I had a broken foot about 10 years ago. I can relate to the not liking it a bit. How is the healing coming along? Hoping each day is getting better.

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    Eeek… anything broken sucks, but not being able to walk and do anything, really is the pits. I saw a doctor this arvo, healing very nicely he said. 3 more weeks and I am outta the cast. WINNING!

mjskitchen - February 15, 2017 Reply

Bummer! So sorry to read about your fractured foot. It does require a huge adjustment to those daily activities. Glad you have a jewel of a mother and a tall, dark handsome man to help load you onto the ferry. 🙂 Take care of yourself!

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    HUGE adjustment, but I am finding that everyone I come into contact with is so helpful and kind and just offer to help me where ever they can. Its incredible. I am blown away by the kindness. 🙂 Now… just gotta track my tall dark and handsome down. 🙂

Liz - February 15, 2017 Reply

Oh, boy! A spiral fracture? Yikes. I’m so sorry, but hope you’ll be good as new when the cast comes off. Hope you’ll run into that knight in shining armor again soon 🙂

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Yeah, it was a bit of a shock to find my body actually broke like it did, but I feel that it will heal beautifully and the lessons in slowing down and asking for help have been valuable. And yes, I hope I find that handsome Mr again too. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 13, 2017 Reply

I’m yet to break a bone (touch wood) but I really hope the next blog post is about you finding the guy that helped you and then you fall in love!! 😀 okay not the next post because that’s a lot of pressure but I’d love to read that 😉

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Hahahahaha…. I shall work on making your post request a reality. Perhaps 2017 will be that year. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - February 12, 2017 Reply

Wowwwwwsersssss that looks painful! You poor thing… I’m so sorry to hear this! Sending lots of love and chocolate and good vibes your way!

No, I’ve never broken a bone before… but does a broken heart count? (Ok, sorry, cheese factor = 1 million)

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It actually hasn’t really hurt that much, thank goodness!
    Thanks for the love and chocolates and good vibes, you ROCK my friend. xo
    And I reckon a broken heart is worse then a broken bone, so it totally counts. Cheese factor = 1 million, but dang its true. 🙂

hassan - February 10, 2017 Reply

Hi Anna
what s bad … i wish health for you.

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Thanks my friend! I appreciate your well wishes! 🙂

Mandy - February 10, 2017 Reply

My dear sweet Anna, before you know where you are, you will be writing us telling us you had your cast removed. Hang in there hon.
Love and hugs to you from a sweltering Sundays River.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    The weeks are zooming, so I know you are right and I will be sharing my stories of cast removal and the healing that follows that. Thanks for your love and hugs. I do hope you are surviving the excessive heat in your neck of the woods. Lots of love back at you. xox

Mabel Kwong - February 9, 2017 Reply

I am so sorry to hear of your leg fracture, big sis! It did sound very scary but glad you got to the ER straightaway. Good to hear they bandaged you up and hope all the swelling has gone down – and you got some painkillers to make it all the more bearable. Haehe, I smiled when you say you have bones of steel, like that fourwheeler was no match for it. I’ve never broken a bone in my life. Sprains, yes, but nothing to your extent.

Hope the leg heals very, very soon 🙂 If not, then the dashing hunk can come again and push you around again and again. Now, that ain’t too bad… Lots of hugs for you x

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Haha, yeah, I giggled thinking of that very moment I landed on my feet after flying off the back of the 4 wheeler motorbike. There is a part of me that wishes I could have stood up after slipping in the gutter and said the same thing, but the lessons in slowing down and asking for help have been valuable. And… I am making LOTS of amazing new friends too. 🙂

    Hugs and love coming at you. xox

Elizabeth - February 9, 2017 Reply

Well… glad to see there is an up side (a man) to this terrible tragedy… I to come from a long line of unbreakable bones… how ever, like you, (scarily) I broke my very first bone at the ripe old age of 31… 6 weeks before heading off on my 3 month overseas holiday. I happen to fall and fracture my radial head… (elbow) so not even a cast was to be had… I did get a sling and I did get a business class upgrade for my long hall flight… which kind of made it all worth while 🙂
Get better soon!
Liz xx

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Lol! I haven’t seen my Mr tall, dark and handsome since, but I know that he lives in the area so I am sure to come across him again soon. Hopefully when I am up and walking and totally fabulous. 🙂

    Your terrible experience sounds like it actually worked totally in your favour. Business class for long haul flight. WOW!

    Thanks for the well wishes, Im working on it. 🙂

Amanda - February 9, 2017 Reply

Oh, anna – what a horrible thing to happen! I do hope you are on the mend very quickly. xxx

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It was a total pain in the butt it happened, but I feel like I am healing and have been blown away by the kindness I am being met with everywhere I go. 🙂

My Inner Chick - February 9, 2017 Reply

Oh, Nooo,

Sometimes things like this happen so we SLOW down!

Love the pink cast.

Cute like YOU. xx

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It seems the only reason it had to happen, learning to slow down and ask for help. 🙂
    Thanks for always finding the positive, you are a cutie patootie! xox

Liz (Good Things) - February 9, 2017 Reply

Yuppers, I hear you, poor baby. I fractured the metatarsal in my foot power walking to the bathroom! Yes, my foot had gone to sleep, but I needed to pee, so I kept walking and slapped my foot to the ground, thus smashing the bone in three places! Depressing, painful and it feels like you are never going to get back to normal again. Take it easy love. Crutches are difficult… I hired some from the pharmacy, got home and almost broke my neck as I fell onto the coffee table! I organised a knee scooter after hearing from a friend that they were a good thing. Best thing I did. And I loved that I had a little basket on the front, so I could still DO things. Sending hugs xxx

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Good lord that seems a most unfair way to find yourself with broken bones, and so severely too. I am sorry that happened to you my dear friend, that SUCKS!

    I am learning to love my crutches and getting about much easier, the nurse on Daydream Island stops in to my office a couple of times a day to ensure I am okay, she even made sure I was using my crutches correctly and safely and fitted them to me properly too.

    I looked into your knee scooter, very cool, but not sure it will work for the island, too many stairs. But I thank you for the suggestion. You are so sweet.

    Sending you love and hugs right back. xox

kris - February 9, 2017 Reply

Holy hub caps, your first broken bone. I like it. 🙂 Especially the cast. haha. Keep your chin up, you will be back on your feet in no time.
Again, really sorry about nearly killing you on the motorbike all those years ago. 🙂

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    LOL…. I had a giggle thinking about how I landed on my feet after flying off the floppy, insane that I wasn’t hurt really. No need to apologise, it was awesome. Gawd we had a lot of fun. 🙂

Gary Lum - February 9, 2017 Reply

Wow, Anna, that sucks. I hope you heal quickly. That pink cast though looks great

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    The white clunker I had the first week was a total downer, but I love that I can look at my pink cast and feel positive vibes. Thanks for the positive vibes my friend, you rock! 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - February 9, 2017 Reply

Oh, no! How awful! Not a fun experience at all. Heal quickly (easier said than done, I know).

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    I am doing a good job of the healing. 2.5 weeks in and the pain is pretty much non existent now. I asked the doctor what was supposed to happen, so I have a good visual on sending good vibes to the bones to connect up and be healthy. Thanks for the positive thoughts, you are a gem! 🙂

Kristy - February 8, 2017 Reply

EEEEP! BOO for fall
YAY for wheel chair
BOO for sweating in a cast
YAY for nice tanned legs you go there

Get well soon

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    BEST comment ever! 🙂 Thanks gurlfren. Sending you hugs from the Whitsundays. xox

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