I created this page for my students, friends and family so I don’t have to re-explain and go back in time to that devastating life-changing accident.
On June 13th, 2018, while putting suitcases in our attic, I fell off a ladder directly on my heel and had a Level 4 break of the calcaneus (heel).
My heel bone was was shattered into a powder – Literally.
This was a message I delivered to my Apprentice dance team a few hours after it happened:
Level 4 means inoperable. The doctor declared it a level 3, but once he went in there to operate, it became a Level 4.
- Level 1 – Surgery not necessary
- Level 2 – Surgery necessary, 100% success
- Level 3 – Surgery necessary, 70 – 80% success
- Level 4 – Inoperable
The doctor said it was the toughest repair he’s ever done in his 25 years. He also said that if he would have been faced with this type of repair during his residency, he would have quit the profession. It took three hours on the operating table.
With my husband Nick, and my mom at the doctor’s office one day after.
The blisters are from the impact – clogged pathways. It’s rare, but common in very severe breaks.
This is an x-ray of what the doctors had to do. Fusion from a Level 4 break. They had to use cadaver bone powder paste and screws to put me back together again.
Two weeks after surgery:
I will be able to put weight on my foot on November 1st, 2018. It will take one year to fully heal. The toughest part was / is the pain. I am deathly allergic to opiates like morphine, Percocet, and Vicodin (I stop breathing), so the only pain killer I could take was Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I tried THC and CBD, but all they do is make me lazy, sleepy, and super emotional, so I stopped. I stopped all pain killers as they make my stomach hurt.
My family and friends have been extremely supportive. You are all angels, and I am so eternally grateful.
Many people ask what they can do.
- Great question. First, be very careful in everything you do, appreciate you that you have all your faculties, be grateful for your health and
please send healing vibrations and prayer energy my way whenever you can think of it.That’s all I need, and all I ask.