Well, the need for the MRI of DOOOOOOOOOM is official.
Went to the doctor this morning, and there are basically two main possibilities about why my ankle has severely regressed in the last four days:
POSSIBILITY “BAD.” The ankle is inflamed because pieces of bone have broken off from the location of my avulsion fracture and are irritating the tissue. If this is the case, I have to have arthroscopic surgery to remove the pieces. However, once the pieces are removed, the swelling should go down and I should be fine.
POSSIBILITY “WORSE.” The ankle is inflamed for no particular reason, I have to do several more months of rehab, and there’s a strong possibility this will turn into an unpredictable and chronic issue with no cure other than repeated stints rehabbing whenever it flares up.
I didn’t think I’d ever be in a position where I had to say this, but man, I really hope I need surgery.