Tayla is a 28 year old party girl and former soccer player who lives in Australia.
In late 2016, she was playing in a club match and took a hard kick to her shin. She immediately collapsed in agony with a broken tibia. She was driven to a local hospital by two team mates. Tayla was placed in a temporary splint and sent home.
One week after the injury, Tayla visited an orthopedic surgeon's office. The good news was surgery would not be required to set the fracture. The bad news was the broken bones would have to re-positioned before Tayla's cast could be applied.
Tayla was scheduled to attend a friend's birthday party that evening. Therefore, Tayla made the huge mistake of declining the doctor's offer of putting Tayla into conscious sedation. She wanted to drink and celebrate with her friend. Bad choice.
Tayla was so shocked by the pain she experienced during the setting process, she was unable to speak or sign discharge papers before her release from the doctor's office.
Once home, Tayla greedily swallowed six of the twelve Oxycodone tablets prescribed by the doctor. She was immediately asleep, missed the birthday party, and didn't wake up until 3:00 in the afternoon the following day.
After the rough start with the setting process, Tayla's recovery was fairly normal. In mid December, the full leg cast was replaced with a short leg model.
By mid January, Tayla was promoted to a walking boot and by March she was walking normally.
While she was in her cast, Tayla made the decision to retire from soccer. In Australia, this is, apparently, called 'hanging up her boots.'
Unfortunately for Tayla, she made a decision to come back to the sport in late winter.
You guessed it! In August of 2017, Tayla was kicked in the shin during a soccer match. She felt her lower leg snap again and immediately knew her leg had been re-broken at the site of the original fracture. So much for the wife's tale of broken bones healing stronger than they were before a break.
This time, Tayla had her own treatment plan. She had her teammates carry her to the sideline where the team trainer splinted the leg. She called her orthopedic surgeon who agreed to see her that afternoon - bypassing the need for a trip to an emergency department.
Most importantly, Tayla called cousin Brooke - the veteran leg breaker. Cousin Brooke had a dozen Oxycodone pills left over from her previous broken bones. Brooke rushed to the field where Tayla - wishing to avoid another painful bone setting session - downed six of the pills before being loaded into Brooke's car.
Tayla was dead to the world when Brooke and Tayla arrived at the hospital. Tayla might have proceeded differently is she knew the second break was not as serious as the first and required only minor manipulation and the application of a full leg cast.
The only good decision Tayla made in this little story was 'hanging her boots up' after the second break healed. By December of 2017, Tayla was big time on the party circuit in her local town. She has moved into her new home but has not yet married her fiancé. She and cousin Brooke remain very close.