Real English Conversation - 28 : Emergency care

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Alec: I think I sprained my ankle, it hurts a lot.

Nurse: Let me take a look and see what we can do. It looks like you have a sprain, we'll get you some ice and elevate your foot to help with the swelling.

Alec: Thank you. How long will it take to heal?

Nurse: It depends on the severity of the sprain, but usually a few weeks to a few months. You may want to take some over-the-counter pain medication to help with the pain.

Alec: Okay, I'll do that. Will I need crutches?

Nurse: It depends on how severe the sprain is, but we can give you some crutches just in case.

Alec: Can I still walk on it?

Nurse: You should try to stay off of it as much as possible, but it's okay to walk on it if you have to.

Alec: Should I see a specialist?

Nurse: It's not always necessary, but if your pain doesn't improve or if you have trouble walking, you may want to see an orthopedist. You'll need to come back for a follow-up appointment to make sure it's healing properly.

Alec: Okay, I'll do that. Can I still exercise?

Nurse: It's best to avoid high-impact exercise until your ankle is fully healed. If you notice any changes in your pain or swelling, call us immediately.

Alec: Will do.

Question 1:

What is the first thing the nurse suggests to Alec?

Question 2:

How long does it typically take for an ankle sprain to heal?

Question 3:

Should Alec avoid high-impact exercise while his ankle is healing?

Question 4:

When should Alec see an orthopedist?

Question 5:

What should Alec do if he notices any changes in his pain or swelling?

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