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I Broke My Ankle While Traveling

The Broadmoor Resort

So I broke my ankle while traveling to The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.  I wasn't hiking the mountains or zip lining or any other exciting thing I had planned while there.  It was literally as I was leaving my house to catch my flight.  I fell down the stairs and heard a snap.  I've never broken a bone before so I didn't know that you could actually put weight on it.  Once I stood up and was able to walk (with a limp), I assumed I only sprained it. I thought it could be better by the time my flight landed in Colorado.  This was my first mistake.

In a wheel chair because of a broken ankle

In hindsight, I should never have gotten on the plane.  But I love to travel and really didn't want to miss this trip.  My husband and I had several fun things planned.  Most of those things were active, so I missed them anyway.  I just wasn't thinking straight.  By the time we landed in Colorado Springs my ankle was so swollen and in so much pain that my husband had to get a wheel chair to get me to the taxi.  I had a smile on my face, but the red nose says it all.  I had been crying purely out of frustration when I realized that I might have actually broken it.  We headed straight to the ER with our suitcases and everything.  Long story was broken.

This was what it looked like by the time I arrived at the hotel.  Gotta love my flip flop tan. :)  The ER had put me in a boot that I could remove.  They told me to ice it A LOT! And don't put any weight on it.  Thank goodness The Broadmoor had crutches and a wheel chair that I could use.  I can't say enough wonderful things about the help they gave me.

Relaxing on the Broadmoor balcony with my boot
                       Relaxing in the Broadmoor spa with my boot

It wasn't the vacation we planned, but I enjoyed a gorgeous view from our balcony and even got wheeled to the spa for a facial.  No matter how relaxing and beautiful The Broadmoor was, I should not have gone on this trip.  All the walking, flying (which is really bad for inflammation and possible blood clots with an injury like this) and going to a medical facility that I wasn't familiar with cost me in the end.  My orthopedic doctor said it caused me a longer healing time and rehabilitation once I was able to get home and see him.  I learned that my health is the most important thing.  That seems obvious, but when faced with missing a long planned trip that I was really looking forward to, things just got fuzzy on what the "right" thing to do was.

It's been six months and I am 95% back to normal with my ankle.  It has been a long road to recovery which I will be doing another post on.  Have you every broken a bone?  Or worse, injured yourself while traveling?  Comment below...I'd love to hear from you.  Also please share with your friends.  I'd love to grow this travel loving community.  Take care and travel safe.  :)


  1. Tell me about a time when an injury messed up your travel plans. Don't have one? Well good for you! Just tell me if you ever broke a bone and how recovery went. Never broken one? Wow, you're two for two. In that case, tell me how you got so lucky! ;)

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