This post is not for the faint of heart.
All photos taken with my iPhone
Travis was involved in a work related accident back on July 2nd. He arrived at work just before 7AM and was going about his morning when his supervisor asked for his aid in disassembling a rental gantry crane that was scheduled to be picked up that afternoon. The plan was to tip the crane on its side and disassemble into three parts. They began tipping it and very quickly realized the weight of the steel frame was too much for them to handle themselves. Problem was, it was too late. In a nutshell, Trav's ankle stayed planted while the crane collapsed on top of him. His supervisor, Danny, somehow escaped the fall (but did suffer severe back strain). Danny was able to lift the crane enough for Travis to wiggle his way out from underneath it. Danny called in team assistance and they quickly decided an ambulance transport to the hospital was in order to address Travis's ankle injury.
This accident/injury took place at approximately 8:15AM.
Trav was transported to Olathe Medical Center where I arrived at the ER to see this.
This is the right side of his ankle where a metal place and 7 screws were placed.
It has been 6+ weeks since the accident and I'm happy to report Travis has made leaps in progress. He began hour long physical therapy sessions three times a week several weeks ago. The swelling has reduced and he has begun to regain mobility in his ankle. His surgeon gave orders for a three step process to weight bearing at his 5 week post operative appointment and said he'd like to have him walking without crutches or use of his knee scooter before his next appointment on August 21st. He was also cleared to remove the boot for the purposes of driving himself to and from physical therapy appts last week. Hooray!
He is eager to return to some sense of normalcy and is very ready to return to work. His team has shown wonderful support with visits to the hospital, phone calls, texts, and even a guys night out!