How to Deal with an Injury on Campus

Hey you,

So, it’s been awhile since I last updated you on all the exciting things going on in my life! Just kidding, things have been more rough than exciting for me this past week. Why, you ask? Well, I’ve been on crutches due to a sprained ankle. It definitely takes some adjusting to when you’re injured on a college campus. I remember being on crutches when I was in middle school… but that was all in one building and I didn’t have to carry my backpack around all day, so it was a little different.

As I’ve been hobbling around, I’ve been thinking about some of the helpful things around campus that have helped me deal with my unexpected injury. I shouldn’t keep such brilliant knowledge to myself, so I thought I would share a few resources with you, just in case you or a friend of yours has to deal with an injury!

Go to the Thielen Student Health Center –

The day after I sprained my ankle, I had a friend drive me to the health center. They were able to get me in to see a doctor right away that morning! They took x-rays to make sure nothing was fractured, and then they hooked me up with some crutches so I could get around a little easier. Not only that, but they gave me some exercises to do that would help me recover more quickly! Did I mention they got me in and out in about 45 minutes because they knew I had a presentation to get to? Super cool of them.

Use CyRide –

Yes, Iowa State is a pedestrian friendly campus. However, I don’t think ANY campus can be pedestrian friendly when you only have one good ankle! So, my advice is to use CyRide! Usually, I never pass up the opportunity to walk across central campus to my classes, but it’s been a necessity lately. The CyRide drivers have been really nice about offering to put down ramps to help me get onto the bus, and the students already on the bus have been great about giving up their seats for me if there are none open. Iowa State people are so great. 🙂

RICE it! –

If you’re injured, you may need to take it easy and take a break from your normally busy schedule. I had to miss out on some activities myself, which was hard but necessary in order for me to RICE my ankle! For those of you who don’t know, RICE is an acronym that is used to help you recover from an injury that usually involves a lot of swelling.

R – Rest

I – Ice

C – Compression

E – Elevation

Those are just a few pointers I came up with if you ever find yourself battling an injury like mine on campus. Hopefully you never have to use them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! 🙂

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