3 months post op

January 18th, 2010

It has been a very long time since I have posted! This site was a great security blanket when I had first injured myself and I had lots of time to sit at my computer. Now it is back to the daily grind… with a limp. I had a little set back a few weeks ago. Sort of a big set back, really. Long story short, about 2 weeks ago my leg started swelling up and getting really, really painful. It turns out I have 2 blood clots in my lower leg from the injury. No one seems sure how long they have been there, but they definitely hampered my recovery. Now I am on blood thinners and am back on the road to recovery. I did my PT for the most part except there were a few weeks when my leg kept hurting so I kept “resting” thinking the pain was caused by my over exerting myself…
I am curious. Does anyone else who is around 3 months still have a pretty good limp? I still cannot walk up the stairs without turning out my foot a bit and I can walk/limp pretty well but I am not speedy.
Just curious!
I hope everyone is staying warm and dry. I am in San Francisco and we are having the most incredible amount of rain I have seen in a while. Evidently Tahoe is going to get 10 feet of snow this week! Boy do I wish I could ski!
On that note, I must say that this injury has slowed me down in some good ways, too. I am enjoying more quality time at home with my kids. We used to always be out and about but after 9 weeks of not driving, we got pretty used to chilling at home and we really enjoy it! Nice to have some silver linings…


3 Responses to “3 months post op”

  1. rutha on January 18, 2010 10:46 pm

    Hey Catherine

    I am about 11 weeks post op and some days my limp is worse than others. Generally I am ok going upstairs, but coming down is still bad foot forward with each step. Some mornings I am really stiff and limp more, and certainly by the end of the day it’s a little more pronounced, when I am tired, and the heel hurts more.

    I am not speedy either, not by any stretch of the imagination! But who cares, as you say, it’s nice to cut the pace for a bit.

    Good luck with your recovery from the clots, yuk. Sounds like you are doing all the right stuff though.


  2. Kevin on January 19, 2010 6:57 am

    Hi Catherine,

    I reached the three month mark last week and yes, I still walk with quite a limp. The last few days it’s been a little better, but generally, it’s pretty obvious. I’ve quite a few colleagues who ask: ‘you’re still limping!?! Does it hurt?’ And no, it doesn’t.. it’s because, of course, of the reduced power in the calf.

    I’m getting there, and you’ll get there. I also struggle going downstairs; upstairs much easier. Some evenings the ankle area looks fine, others it’s swollen and I need to treat it. But I’d say, based on my experience, what’s you’re going through at this stage is normal enough.

  3. dreams on January 20, 2010 1:10 pm

    I thought I was the only one who had to listen to the “your still limping?!?” comments. I’m just over 12 weeks post op and I still limp quite a bit. I have my first PT appointment today (long story). I still have a pronounced limp, although I am getting better at stairs. The one thing I can’t seem to get better at is going up and down bleachers. I don’t have enough muscle in my calf to propel my body that far! I’m hoping the pt will speed things along a bit- although I don’t think I’m that far off track.

    Deanne (aka DREAMS)

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