posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 12:54 AM
I have broken both my left fibula and my left tibia, the former in 1967 and the latter in 1989. Neither one was much fun and I don't know what I
would have done without pain medication when I broke the tibia. I was in Boot Camp when I broke the fibula and they simply wrapped it in an ace
bandage and issued me a pair of crutches. I don't remember getting any pain medication, at all.
One thing is for sure. Breaking a bone at seventeen is a whole 'nother experience than it is at forty. The two months I spent in a long cast froze
up my knee and having the orthopedic resident and the technician bend that leg so that they could apply the PTB was sheer hell.
The state of medical science today is such that we often have trouble relating to how much people had to suffer before the advent of anesthetics and
antibiotics, among other things.
[edit on 05/3/9 by GradyPhilpott]