Making Use Of The Not So Good Stuff In Life

This is not going to be a serious look at the healing broken ankles, even though I certainly have a kind of skill at that, because, well, I’ve done that very thing. Or my body did, anyway, with expert assistance from my excellent surgeon.

Carolyn Cordon
3 min readMay 18, 2021


My mending ankle … author’s photo

Falling over is one of the skills I seem to have acquired, and this image above is the result of my most impressive manifestations of that skill. I happened in September 2019, on an important day, the most important day in fact, in Australian sporting history, the day of the AFL Grand Final.

I’d been watching the big game, as we do, if we follow Australian Football, as a great many Australians do, because it is OUR game! Anyway, I’d seen the game, then once the game was over, I let our dog outside, and went out there with her.

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow, I managed to trip over nothing at all, trip over and go down in a painful heap, with excruciating pain in my right ankle …

I tried to get up, but couldn’t and it made the pain even worse, so I yelled out to get my husband to come and get me up. He came out, got me a chair to sit on, and helped me to sit down.

Then he called for an ambulance, and they took me on my first ambulance ride ever! Wow, exciting, sort of. They took me to the local hospital, and I had some treatment, then I went to another hospital, stayed for a day or so, and then went to another hospital, and had my broken ankle operated on.

Then I waited, and waited, and then my husband came and took me home again. And once home, I waited, and waited, and waited some more. I had a cast on my ankle, and was confined to reclining on the sofa for weeks, and weeks, and weeks!

There wasn’t much I could do, I couldn’t walk at all, so if I needed to go anywhere, I had to scoot along on a wheeled miracle device, called a ‘Knee Scooter’, a thing I’d never heard of before this event, and even though I loved having it when it was needed, hope to never to deal with one again!

But as a poet and writer, I made sure I wasn’t just sitting around doing noting more than…



Carolyn Cordon

Reader and writer — Poetry, prose, blogging, editor of community newsletter, & more recently Stand Up Comedian! Life happens as I watch, & get involved too!