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About Joan

CIMG0757“I think we should give your foot a name so that you don’t have to keep calling it “my foot.” Fancy the name Joan?” – Leah

Joan is my broken right foot. NOT my ankle. It’s amazing how many people assume it’s my ankle. Did I say ankle? No, I said foot. My apologies for the attitude, Joan has a way of controlling my emotions. It’s a battle I face everyday, Joan wins a lot of the time.

Joan would like you to know that she has accomplished one of the worst foot fractures out there with the longest recovery time. It is called a lisfranc fracture . If you don’t want to read that  long, boring article about it, let me summarize what the doctors have told me.

  • It’s named after a doctor that discovered it; Jacques Lisfranc.
  • It accounts for less than 1% of all fractures. Good job Joan, you must be so proud of yourself.
  • It is commonly seen in FOOTBALL PLAYERS. In other words, this is a high energy break, and I might as well have been tackled during the Super Bowl  (would have made for a better story anyway).
  • To explain the break in simple terms: My second metatarsal (aka the bone connected to my second toe) is longer than the rest of the metatarsals and therefore connects a bunch of other bones in my foot (aka the lisfranc joint). That part of the metatarsal that connects to those other bones is what broke.
  • Surgery is required, or else your whole foot will collapse. Nice.
  • Recovery time: 6 months to a year with a high chance of later developing arthritis. Joan is here to stay.

I had my surgery on July 8th, all went well except my panic attack before hand. By all went well, I mean they put pins in my foot and apparently got all the bones how they’re supposed to be for now. In terms of pain, it just seems to get worse, not better. Doctors say it’s “normal”.

A break down of my recovery looks something like this:

  • 2 months in a cast after surgery (July-September)
  • 2 months in a walking cast/boot, with slow, gradual weight bearing (September-November)
  • Around month 3 (October), pins may come out of my feet
  • Physical therapy (until who knows when)

This means I cannot drive, and must use crutches until at least November.

More fun facts about Joan:

  • She likes to be propped up on lots of pillows at all times
  • She swells and turns purple whenever I stand more for than a minute
  • She likes painkillers that make me fall asleep, if I fight sleeping, Joan doesn’t respond to the painkillers.
  • She is a huge bitch, that loves to ruin any fun I try to have.

Again, my apologies for the harsh tone. This is what she does to me, and after all, this section is about her. To find out more, read how Joan came to be and why I started this blog.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. fractralfoot permalink
    July 19, 2009 2:24 pm

    Dear Joan..BE NICE, if you aren’t your owner will be tempted to just cut you off and find another friend!
    This blog is so funny and right on. On the good side, you got a whole lot more accurate statemant of what is down the road than I did. Thank your surgeon.
    The pain does get less. I am now in the weight-bearing phase of physical therapy, and the pain has increased a bit. If your doctor says it’s OK to do some basic strengthing exercises with the leg that’s attached to the hurt foot, it should help when you start walking. I have lost a huge amount of muscle in the affected leg.
    Good Luck

    • joansucks permalink*
      July 19, 2009 3:06 pm

      Thanks! I’m going to add you to my blogroll 🙂

  2. July 21, 2009 10:09 am

    Dear Emily and Joan, way to go on the blog. I really enjoy following along and wish you all the best Em in your recovery. Keep smiling 🙂

  3. LEAHthejoancreator permalink
    July 28, 2009 7:46 pm

    hahahah literally just peed. LIT-ER-ALL-Y

  4. Colleen permalink
    February 22, 2010 12:04 pm

    Hi Emily,

    I fell upon your blog somehow and cannot explain my relief at finding someone else who has gone through a similar experience to mine- three knee surgeries every six months while trying to crutch around campus in winter! Almost two years after my first surgery, I’m still coping with the physical and emotional pain on an everyday basis, and too many doctors appointments. It’s so comforting to hear someone else going through the same. I hope the best for you and “Joan”.

    • joansucks permalink*
      March 8, 2010 6:14 pm

      Hi Colleen,

      It truly means a lot to me when I am able to touch someone else with my story. I hope the best for you as well. If you ever need someone to vent to, I’m your girl!


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