Polaroid of the Week: Broken in Peru

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Last Updated on January 30, 2014

polaroid of the week peru broken ankleThe hike to Machu Picchu went off without a hitch and was one of the most exhilarating adventures of all our travels. Two days later, I was brought back down to Earth when I rolled my ankle and heard it snap.

I’d like to say I was chasing down thieves or saving someone from being hit by a car, but in a classically anti-superhero way, I simply stepped down into the hostel, somehow made a misstep and rolled my ankle in such a way that it snapped. What made this so disheartening for us both was that we had only just recovered from that debilitating three-week stomach bug in Bolivia and were really looking forward to getting back into the swing of traveling.

We still had hopes that it was just a twist or sprain, because initially it didn’t swell too dramatically. But the X-Ray came back showing a clear, complete fracture. A few hours later I was getting this cast put on my leg for six weeks.

Now I have entered the Polar Vortex that is Chicago to recover in a safe, easy environment and Dani has returned to Germany to spend some much needed time with her sister and brand new baby nephew.

To be continued…

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  1. Oooh nooo… Get well soon Jess and I hope the two of you enjoy the time back home – even though it’s winter and probably way too cold for you… 😉
    May you rest a little way and set off again soon with suitcases stuffed with enthusiasm, curiosity AND luck!

  2. Jess, this is not the time to buy a lottery ticket! I do hope you’re feeling better, even though you’ve gone to Siberia to recuperate.

    Maybe there is a bright side to this as it could have been your hand in a cast, keeping you from the keyboard! 🙂

    I think someone’s suggesting you take vacation from your “vacation”. It can happen to anyone at anytime and when it does, it’s always “WHY ME?” Who-da-thunk traveling is such a dangerous occupation?

    All that aside, If I was a praying person, that’s what I’d do for you! Get well soon!

    1. Thanks Steve. There are a lot of reasons to have gratitude – this was a very simple break, I don’t need surgery, it didn’t happen during the Machu Picchu trek, it wasn’t to my hands, like you said, etc. It could always be worse!

  3. Man, between this and the cow charging and the dengue fever, you are kicking everyone’s ass at the “getting hurt around the world” contest. 🙁

    Feel better soon, and enjoy the TLC of friends and family and such cold weather you can’t do anything outside anyway.

    Get well soon!

  4. Oh, no, Jess! So glad that didn’t happen during the trek!!! Take good care of yourselves, both of you. You’ll be up and at ’em after some rest and respite.

  5. Oh no, I thought your bad luck days were over after the cow incident 🙁 Hope you get better soon. Maybe you can make yourself feel better with some deep-dish pizza…or come out and see us in Phoenix!

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