Monday, May 20, 2013

Author Question: Ankle Injury

Elaine Asks:

I have a medical question on my WIP that I was wondering if you can help me with. I have a 72-year-old woman who falls and hurts her ankle. It swells and throbs and her family brings her to the ER. From my research I gather that she can have a sprain as opposed to a break. I need her to be somewhat mobile because she needs to rush to a caving site where her son is trapped. Is it feasible to think that she can use crutches, can drive, pushing aside that she'll pay a price afterwards? Any suggestions?

Jordyn Says:

Ankles are 95% of the time sprained and not broken. So yes, this is feasible. If you want her driving-- I'd probably injure the left foot so there wouldn't be major difficulties with driving. Crutches/air splint/or ace wrap for 7-10 days and then re-evaluate after that if her pain is not improved.
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Elaine Stock is a former RWA member and has presented several writing workshops. Presently involved in ACFW, she was a 2011 semi-finalist in the prestigious Genesis Contest in the contemporary fiction division. She is also active on several social networking groups. Her first short story was published on Christian Fiction Online Magazine. New to the blogging world, Elaine started a blog this past April, Everyone’s Story. Since then, the blog has been graced by an awesome international viewership that totally pings her heart. Everyone’s Story features weekly interviews and reflections from published authors, unpublished writers…and just about anyone who wants to share a motivating story with others that may lift their spirit. She has also been the guest of several other blogs, helping to further grow her presence on-line.
She and her husband make their home in an 1851 Rutland Railroad Station they painfully but lovingly restored.

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