I think I’m a PWB!

A ‘partial weight bearer’ that is.  Though I’m sure there are more inventive and certainly more offensive possibilities for ‘PWB’.

It’s now six weeks since I suffered my ATR playing football.  After going to A&E immediately I was diagnosed and given the options.  I chose the conservative path.  Yesterday I went in to my fourth cast.

The three previous casts have taken my foot from equinus gradually towards a 90 degree position (I don’t know the fancy name for that) where I can lay my foot flat on the floor.

I’m about 5% off that now.  I was given a kind of shoe, a bit like a flip-flop that an elephant might wear, with straps to keep it attached to the bottom of my dashing blue cast (again Kevin!  I just like blue.).

Anyway, I didn’t see the consultant, but Colin, who put it in plaster, said that I would now be able to put some weight on it.  Initially when standing still, but then I might be able to hobble around unaided!  That was exceptionally good and unexpected news.

Does it make me a PWB?

I think it should!  I’d like to mark the occasion by updating my profile, as I’ve been getting pretty sick of the crutches, and although I’ll still be using them for a while, it would be nice to mark a step towards the day I can throw them out of the window for good.

So, I’ve got the current cast for another two weeks, then I’m into a space boot for a month.  I think this will be the one with the wedges under my heel that are gradually reduced to bring my heel down.

Yesterday my calf muscle was quite a bit smaller than at the previous recasting.  I know this is normal but it was a bit of a shock.  I’ve always been secretly proud of my calf muscles.  I’ve never had much to boast of muscle-wise up top, but thanks to lots of cycling I had developed chiseled calf muscles.  Now I have one that’s got the droopy, squidgy feel of a beer belly.

If I’m good and do what the physiotherapist tells me, how long till I’ve got a nice chunky calf muscle again?

Otherwise, I’ve been bumbling on with work, trying to get out as much as possible, and having dreams where I’m walking only to realise mid-dream that I can’t do that at the moment.   It’s a bit like dreaming of flying.

My girlfriend has been very supportive.  However, I secretly suspect she finds the whole situation agreeable in some respects.  As I said to her the other day: “Every girl wants a temporarily disabled boyfriend don’t they?  So you know where they are all the time, and they aren’t able to go out late and eat kebabs while walking home from the pub.”

Don’t you worry Sarah, I’ll be coming back late with bits of kebab down my shirt before you can say: “Extra chilli sauce please”.

7 Responses to “I think I’m a PWB!”

  1. I’ve always been openly very proud of my calves, walking 16 miles during the week and upward to 12 on the weekend? Loved my calves.

    I love the kebab remark, ha!

  2. I know what you mean, Mari! My calves were the only part of my body I was perfectly happy with (sigh).

  3. Congrats on getting the cast! I just got mine today. Funny how quickly your perspective changes and getting a cast put on our legs is progress!

  4. Hmmm — maybe we are onto something. My husband has wonderful-looking legs and perfect calves. Maybe nicely developed calves is part of the equation that makes for tender tendons?

    I’m joking. At least I think I’m joking.

  5. Hey, you’re right- every single blogger on here has the most spectacular legs. Even our shrunken down to nothing little calves are still better than most people’s. ha!

  6. Hi Alex,
    Yes you are certainly PWB! I reckon that in 2 weeks you will get the boot (in the nicest possible way) but not need the heel raises due to the fact that you are so close to being at the foot flat position, however, if your recovery goes the same as mine (also UK conservative method) you will then get heel raises when you go into 2 shoes again.
    You really have gone through the worst of it now and soon will be chilli’d up again, hurrah!

  7. Well done! Def sounds PWB to me! I loved my calves too! I now have pathetic calf and supercalf which has propelled me around for 7 weeks….boy has that left leg got a lot of catching up to do!!! ….Go Alex!

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