Junior battles back from broken leg
Kaitlyn Guidry is simply too tough.
The Sterling High junior volleyball player is so tough that when she broke her lower leg during a club event in April, she calmly snapped it back into place and informed people not to come close as to not cause any more damage while not shedding a tear,
“When I fell, I thought I was dreaming,” Guidry said. “My leg was broken to the side. I was in shock and didn’t feel the pain of it. As soon as I fell and I saw it, I put it straight.”
Guidry sustained the injury during her club’s family day and went to take a shot off a back set. On the play her right foot slid between the mat holding a pole in and when she fell her foot was stuck. The fall combined with the leg not able to give, led to the break of both her fibula and tibia.
Essentially, her leg was turned into a check mark.
“I thought the bottom of my leg was going to come off,” Guidry said.
Sterling High head coach Candace Southall was there when Guidry went down as she is also a member of the club’s staff. Her concerns for Guidry was to help guide her through the pain of coming back and potentially helping the Sterling varsity.
“I was there, I heard it and I passed out,” Southall said. “I happened to be in there and it was really nasty. The sound is what got me. I couldn’t get that sound out of my head.”
Guidry would not be denied and was back on the court doing what she could to play by August.
“That relentless mindset was admirable,” Southall said. “She has not let up. She wants it. She’s hungry. Just getting her back in the groove of things is a blessing.”
Southall noted Guidry learned of her importance when her teammates and fans would celebrate her successes in matches.
“We documented everything from the time until she stepped on the court,” Southall said. “She’s a fighter and does not complain about pain. I would have to tell her we needed to chill out when we did enough. I had to restrict her.
“Other people feel a little bit of pain and they stop. You can’t tell me she’s not tough as nails. I have so much respect for that kid.”
Sterling teammate Bailee St. Romain was devastated for Guidry, but she also knew what Guidry was capable of.
“In that moment, I felt bad for her, but I knew the kind of person she was and wasn’t going to be stopped by a broken leg,” St. Romain said. “If there is a goal she’s going to get it.”
Guidry now has a rod through the center of her leg which will be with her for the rest of her life.
“I am waiting for winter so I can feel if it’s coming in my leg,” she quipped. “I haven’t tested a magnet. That’s an idea.”
For now, Guidry is grinding to make a difference for the team as a middle blocker, but according to Southall, the young lady learned her importance to the team more so after the injury.
“She came back bright-eyed, happy and ready to go,” St. Romain said. “I knew she would be back in no time.”
Guidry’s recovery was what the doctors expected, but it took her efforts to stay on task and do as directed to get here by season start. Now, she is able to play.
“At the moment, I can’t dive and because I was off of it for a month, so I lost some muscle and so I don’t jump as high or move as fast,” Guidry said. “I would be happy if this is all I got. My team is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better tam.
“I get a good amount of playing time and by the season I should be close to where I was by the end of the season. If you met me, you wouldn’t know I have a rod in my leg. So there is no reason to look at me different. I am perfectly fine.”