Went fishing Sunday. My buddy Kevin was kind enough to carry everything to the boat, and carry it back to the car. My friend have been great, even stopping by to hang out and watch movies, or play the PS2 I borrowed from my brother inlaw. I can’t thank them enough. Without them I would probably be going insane. Anyway, fishing was great…..not the most comfortable in the little jon boat, but great to do something that almost made me feel normal for a couple hours.
Doc visit today. They removed my splint, and the nurse took out my stitches. She said if he had done them individual (he did a continuous stitch on mine) there would be about 17 stitches. The stitch removal didn’t hurt much at all, and the nurse told me the incision site looked really good. (good as in clean, not infected, etc…..not aesthetically) Doc came in after they cleaned my incision site…felt the achilles….then promptly put another splint on, with what he called a hair of tension on the achilles. I asked for timelines and how soon I would be doing flexibility exercises and be in a boot. He said at 5-6 weeks I’d be in a boot doing the PT. Two more weeks of the splint, then see doc and put a little more tension on the achilles…then another 1-2 weeks in another splint…then on to the boot.
I like lifting weights and asked the doc if I could start lifting again…at least upper body. He told me no, and that straining while lifting I could flex my calf which is a no no. I was a little perturbed because I really didn’t think it would be a problem, and I hate to regress in my lifting. I at least thought I’d be able to lift enough to maintain. I’d like to hear if others heard the same advice, because I’m seriously thinking about starting lifting upper body anyway.
Well…that’s where I’m at. I’m in the abyss of recovery…..sick of my couch, tired of watching T.V., hate asking for stuff all the time (but my girlfriend is great about it all) I’ve found I can take a shower on one leg…I just triple bag my leg and use some giant rubber band we got off some produce we bought at the store. I’ve found out weird things like it’s better to wear boxer briefs than boxers for the simple reason that the boxer briefs won’t give you a wedgy when you go down the stairs on your butt.
I found out the hard way that water on tile outside shower is bad!! I was on my crutches after taking a shower, slipped on the water, put weight on my bad foot while the other foot slammed into the toilet (I have the knot to prove it) The achilles throbbed for a minute…but I think I freaked out about a rerupture more than it hurt. The knot hurt worse.
Oh and once going down the stairs my good foot slipped off the step and I went down about 3 stairs on my butt. I was smart enough to just keep the bad leg in the air until I finally came to a rest. My butt hurt for a while….as did my pride.
It’s been three weeks since the rupture…and the thought of 3-4 more weeks before a boot is daunting. This site is great….and like so many others, I visit it often to read other peoples stories, and I think it’s comforting. Anyway, to all the others out there in recovery land, I feel your pain. Well, not so much pain as I feel your boredom and cabin fever.
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