Jul 30 2009

Disappointment :(

Published by acalvert610 at 7:50 pm under Uncategorized

Almost 3 weeks ago I slipped coming out of the shower and landed on the foot at which time I’m sure everyone in the world heard my scream.  Once the initial shock and the nauseau subsided I looked at my leg and saw a pool of blood.  Yep I had ripped open part of the incision but my mine concern was did I re-rupture the tendon.  Made a call to the emergency clinic where my doctor is at (mind you this was a Saturday night) hoping to talk to someone and hoping that I didn’t need to go into the ER.  Luckily my doctor was on-call and I was able to talk to him.  He felt that I didn’t injure the tendon but to come in on Monday.

So I saw my doctor on Monday and he did the Thompson test and said the tendon was fine but the part of the incision that was ripped open was a different story.  He had to put two new stitches (man did that hurt like hell) in to close it up.   The other thing that was going was I was having this awful pain on the outside of the ankle which started happening after the fall…the best way to describe the pain is like the nerve endings were exposed.  The pain would come and go and vicidin didn’t help.

Had another follow-up appointment a week later and the doctor took the stitches boot put 15 degrees and  was given the green light to start putting partial weight on foot but he wanted to see me again in a week.  Another week goes by and the area that was stitched is healing ok but still have a lot of discharge so he becomes concern.  He gave me some special gause to dress the area for another week.

So on Monday I saw him yet again and the area is still draining but not nearly as much as the week before but the doctor was very perplexed.  Well, I got a call today from the doctor asking if the area was still draining and I said yes and the next thing out of his mouth just made me want to cry.  He said “stop putting weight on the leg, stop doing the exercises,  and keep the boot on while sleeping”.   He felt that the pressure of walking and moving the foot around is not allowing the area to heal so guess what I have to follow doctor’s orders.  The disappoint comes in because I was really starting to feel good about the progress and the anticipation of not having the crutches anymore.

As I said before this is a journey and it will be a long one….

5 Responses to “Disappointment :(”

  1. mikelosangeleson 30 Jul 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Just be glad you didn’t do any damage to the repair. Hard to beleive now but this will all be but a distant memory soon. Good Luck!!!!!

  2. orbitsmittyon 31 Jul 2009 at 12:22 am

    acalvert610,
    I read your latest blog and I would be very careful and conservative at this point. Let that area of the wound close up and heal even if it means immobilizing yourself for as long as it takes. If you check out my blog you will see the complications that I had because of the incision area not healing. As long as that area is opened and draining you run the risk of infection. Take it seriously and slow down a bit. You will be better for it in the long run. So sorry for your setback but look at it as a small setback and not something devastating. Be patient and we will pray for your recovery. Stay strong!

  3. sam66on 31 Jul 2009 at 2:24 am

    Scary! I’d be inclined to listen to the doctor too. You’ve obviously made really good progress otherwise, I’m sure it will heal more quickly if you rest it a bit. Best wishes.

  4. acalvert610on 31 Jul 2009 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for the words of encouragement you guys. orbitsmitty, I did read you blog and I am so sorry that you are going through that..it really puts things into perspective for me.

  5. tomingeorgiaon 31 Jul 2009 at 10:22 am

    sorry, I know this has to be frustrating. a teammate of mine ruptured his achilles about 2 months ago, fell last weekend, re-tore it and had to have the whole surgery over again. I guess it could always be worse, you know? Hang in there

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