Christmas Abbott returned to “Big Brother” in Sunday’s episode, following surgery on her broken foot – and it doesn’t sound good.
The Raleigh Crossfit star, who broke her foot in an episode two weeks ago, said she had ten broken bones in her foot, four dislocated bones and one ligament that had to be reconstructed.
“He said it looked like a bomb went off in my foot,” Christmas said, quoting her surgeon. One of the bones was so messed up they had to use a donor bone in her foot, she said.
The most devastating news: she is told she will not regain full mobility in her foot.
Christmas says she faces a minimum of six weeks in a cast post-op and possibly another three to four weeks in the cast on top of that, depending on how fast she heals.
Christmas explained it will take a year for full recovery and then she can expect arthritis to set in in one to five years, then she’ll have another surgery to fuse everything in order to fix the arthritis.
A tearful Christmas said on the show that she “maybe had aspirations to go compete again” (in Crossfit) but that “this definitely takes it off the table. And so, I’m not sure what my capability will be after this, but that just means that I have to focus my attention somewhere else. But it is what it is and I have to be able to accept the gifts as they come, even if they come in banged up packages.”
Christmas, who worked as a civilian contractor in Iraq in 2004, started Crossfit training in 2006. She's the owner of CrossFit Invoke in Raleigh, and in 2012, became the first woman to work in a NASCAR pit crew. She is also the author of two books.