Alicia Mirtsos

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As a recent graduate from the media studies department at the University of Guelph-Humber, I have experience in writing and editing for news across a variety of media. I have experience with video, radio, multimedia creation and a number of written styles. Take a look at some of my work below!

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What is Going on in Ontario’s Municipal Elections? – Alicia Mirtsos –

There’s a whole lot of information about the changes Doug Ford has made in recent days to Ontario’s municipal elections. On top of being an act of bad faith (by not including local politicians or members of the public), municipal campaigns are already underway. I, like many Ontarians, am concerned with what this means not only for this election, but for future elections should Doug Ford remain in power. This decision is brash, and I can’t support anyone who thinks that the solution to any proble

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What is Going on in Ontario’s Municipal Elections? – Alicia Mirtsos –

There’s a whole lot of information about the changes Doug Ford has made in recent days to Ontario’s municipal elections. On top of being an act of bad faith (by not including local politicians or members of the public), municipal campaigns are already underway. I, like many Ontarians, am concerned with what this means not only for this election, but for future elections should Doug Ford remain in power. This decision is brash, and I can’t support anyone who thinks that the solution to any proble

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Fracture Recovery Part 17: Slowing Down

This week I was knocked a little off balance by a cold. It’s amazing how much something so small can throw off your routine. The only benefit was that I was forced to slow back down and really focus on taking care of myself in ways I haven’t really done in a while. My week started off with a slower yoga class than the last few weeks, with a gentle, restorative yin class. One of the biggest benefits for me was letting my battered body take a break. Because the class was slower and personalized fo

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Fracture Recovery Part 16: A Small Setback

Last week, I took my first yoga class, which was a huge step forward, but I definitely overdid it a little. I spent a lot of last week in more pain than I’ve become used to, in large part because I did too many back to back workouts, including that very challenging yoga class. This setback was a challenge because it threw off my regular routine. I had a set weekly schedule for the workouts I do to keep my ankle moving and build up the stamina and strength, but because I had three consecutive da

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Fracture Recovery Part 15: Moving Beyond the Basics

The last few weeks, I’ve been focused on just getting myself to the point where I’m able to do the absolute basics, walking, taking transit, spinning and the like. This week, though, I decided it was time to jump ahead and push a little farther outside of my current comfort zone (and back into my pre-injury one). This week I took the Endeavour weekly yoga class. It was one hour of shaking and sweating, and even though I was hurting for a lot of it, I felt okay after. Yes, my ankle was sore all

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Fracture Recovery Part 14: Walking on My Own

I never anticipated looking forward so much to having two shoes on. After being in the boot for so long, being able to wear two shoes feels almost like a luxury. I’m not able to wear most of my shoes, I’m limited to sneakers, but it still feels a little luxurious. As you’re going through the journey of recovering from fracture surgery, each little victory can feel like the ultimate luxury. This has forced me to appreciate every little thing. From carrying my morning cup of tea in a normal mug t

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Fracture Recovery Part 13: Giving The Boot "the boot"

When I was cleared to work my way back to normal movement, I set myself a goal. That goal was to get back to the gym by the end of the following week. I was a little worried that that may have been a little overzealous, but oh boy was I wrong. I had the boot off for the first time on Friday, and Saturday morning I was in the gym. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do anything crazy in the gym, but I did manage nearly an hour of gentle spinning, which was amazing for my mental health and gave me

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Fracture Recovery Part 12: Healing and Big Steps Forward

At the end of last week, I made a few huge steps forward in recovery. I was able to walk for the first time without crutches and I put my foot on the ground out of the boot to stand assisted. Both of these milestones put me closer to a full recovery. I am only a few days away from my 12 week fracture clinic appointment and being able to minimize my time on both crutches, and have some time without crutches at all have made me far more mobile than I have been for the last three months. This mean

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Fracture Recovery Bonus: 10 Things to Look for in a Physiotherapist

Being informed about your treatment is a factor in your success. If you know why you’re doing each exercise, you’re more likely to do it. If you know why you’re getting a treatment, you’ll be more likely to go and less likely to feel particularly discouraged if it is difficult or painful. If you ever leave feeling more confused then when you went in, you need to get more information from your therapist. You might need to ask more questions, but if you’re not getting clear answers, they may not b

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13 Things I Learned in 3 Months on Crutches – Alicia Mirtsos –

When you have a major injury, it is easy to underestimate the hardships of recovery, especially when you aren’t given the full information about what to expect in terms of recovery. In the three months I’ve spent on crutches since I broke my fibula and then had it surgically repaired I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve learned a lot, but these are 13 things I’ve learned about myself and the reality of life with a mobility issue in Toronto. The reality of this injury (and the subsequ

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Fracture Recovery Part 11: Impatiently Waiting

This week I have graduated to one crutch, not all the time, because it’s definitely harder than two. But it’s still a huge achievement and feels like a giant leap forward but I still have almost two weeks before my next appointment at the fracture clinic. Two weeks feels like an eternity right now, which is kind of funny compared to how I would have felt waiting two weeks just a few weeks ago, but I’m moving forward faster now and I’m feeling almost as impatient as I did when I was told I had to

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Fracture Recovery Part 10: Finding the Limits | Rehab

The last week or so have been a process of finding my body’s upper limit for all kinds of physical movement. There is only so much time I can spend sedentary. It’s been more than 2 months at this point, and I have spent almost that time sitting or lying down. I’m losing patience with my body’s inability to move Even though this is normal and necessary post-op, as a active person, this is hard to manage, especially as the weather here gets nicer.

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Fracture Recovery Part 8: A Typical Treatment

Real talk, I still haven’t been directly referred to physio by my surgeon. In the beginning, pre-op, they told me I would be able to start physio pretty soon after surgery, but never gave details. This is one of the more infuriating parts of this recovery. The surgeon I saw and his team have not given me much information about my recovery. I don’t really know where I should be compared to where I am now, and they aren’t the best at teaching you the physical skills you need.

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Fracture Recovery Part 7: How to Survive a Spring Ice Storm

Even though it’s the middle of April, I live in Canada which means we’re always at risk of a freak snow storm. Lucky for me, we got a pretty severe ice storm this past weekend. There are a whole host of challenges that those of us on crutches experience that others don’t. From the slippery ice, to cleaning off the car, to shoveling the driveway, there are so many things I have always taken for granted and I learned some lessons I had hoped I wouldn’t need to learn, having broken my leg in March.

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Fracture Recovery Part 6: Getting Stitches Removed and Back to Life

Some days, I feel like lately I’ve spent as much time at Sunnybrook as anywhere else. This time around at fracture clinic had me at 2 weeks post-op. This meant the incision was sealed back up, but the skin had also started to heal around the stitches, making it incredibly painful for them to come out. Often, it will be a little less than two weeks that you’ll have stitches in, for this exact reason, though it depends on why you’ve had them in the first place, for me, they came out 15 days post-o

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Fracture Recovery Part 5: Getting The Boot

One of the biggest things I was looking forward to as we approached one week out of surgery was getting out of the splint into The Boot. Now I call it The Boot in part because it is both an exciting prospect and a little scary. Now compared to the splint though, it seems like heaven. One week out of surgery, my ankle was nowhere near as swollen as it was when the splint went on, so it shifted a little, every time I moved, also, splints are heavy. However, this meant another trip to the fracture

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Fracture Recovery Part 4: The First Week Post-Op

No matter what kind of surgery you’re headed for, recovery is tough. You’re going to be taking a lot of pain medication, and you’re going to need it. The recovery from this particular surgery means adjusting to life with a piece of metal in my leg. That might sound funny, but it takes our bodies a while to adjust to foreign objects, even when we need them, so on top of the surgical site being painful and the fact that though my fracture and ligament damage are secure, my leg is still broken and

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Fracture Recovery Part 3: Waiting a Week

The thing about living in a big city is that when it comes to the Canadian medical system, more people means more waiting. I’m now (hopefully) less than 24 hours out of surgery, but we are eight days out of my actual injury. Waiting a week for surgery is stressful, painful and honestly kind of lonely. I’m very fortunate to have the team at Endeavour to lean on, they’ve been amazing at keeping me out of pain and mobile, which has made sure I’ve gotten out of the house almost every day since the

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Fracture Recovery Day 2: The Fracture Clinic (With Tips!)

The thing about complex fractures is that they often do not heal well on their own and will often require surgery, and in the case of Sunnybrook, this means you need to pay a visit to their fracture clinic. I was able to get an appointment for the day after my fracture, which meant another trip up to the hospital, the morning after my first seven ho ur visit. I figured (incorrectly) that since I had an appointment, it would only be a couple hours the second time around. Oh boy was I wrong. I was

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