Can breaking your ankle be a good thing?

Seems like a silly question, but in Julie’s case it does seem to have had a positive effect on her.

Let me explain, as her carer I was always concerned that Julie had given in to her illnesses and that they were controlling her not the other way. There was no spark in her eyes and I had a hard time trying to get her to do anything. This is understandable when you know how badly autoimmune diseases can effect everyone, and the fact that it works in different ways for all, but the overall effect was hard to watch.

However, since the accident in January, things have turned around. She is more positive, the healing has been slow but we can now see progress. Having been doing the dressings 2 out of 3 times a week I can see the improvement in her wound and I think that the care plan will change this week as a result. She is getting more independent (but we are not rushing her progress) and we are getting out and about. As a result my stress levels have lowered considerably and I do not feel run down anymore (which is good for the old ticker).

As a carer I will take these wins anyway they come.

So you can see why I posed the question at the beginning.

2 thoughts on “Can breaking your ankle be a good thing?

  1. Thank you for posting your experience Eddie. I am happy for your both to have improvement. I am the one in our family with Lupus + other Autoimmune conditions, so I relate to the feeling of a lack of motivation. I also care for a family member with serious health problems, when there is a lack of motivation for my family member , my heart sinks and my stress goes up. When there is a period of motivation and some socialising or accomplishment for my famly member , I experience that period of relief you have and stress goes down. Enjoy the relief you have at this time, it’s palpable isnt it Eddie ?


    1. Hi Lorraine, thanks for the comments. It certainly is, and I know that it may change from day to day, so take what you can when you can. I think the lack of motivation and fatigue are 2 factors that people outside of the lupus community find the hardest to understand. We tend not to reply to RSVPs with Yes or No, but rather use Maybe.


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