Posted on June 29th, 2015 by alysbach
It will have been three years next month since I ruptured my tendon and still I fight for an apology of sorts from the idiot DR who didnt diagnose my rupture, It now seems a specialist Dr who watched me walk for 10 yards states I do not have a limp!! I saw this man who will decide my future for 15 mins during this time he states that the recovery time from achilies surgery is approx 6 months and that no one ever recovers fully!!! I have learned to deal with my disability it isnt until I start thinking about it that i realise how it does affect me on a daily basis. A friend recognised me from a distance last week due to my limp, I walk down stairs sideways as I dont have the flexion for normal walking down the stairs. I am unable to stand on tip toes walk on uneven ground, stand on a ladder!! just some of the things, however i have recently started having major cramps at night any suggestions? Is NOrm still about?
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Posted on September 30th, 2013 by alysbach
Thank you to all who commented on my last post. I attended a meeting with the clinical director and the head of A and E at the hospital who failed to diagnose my ruptured tendon.
We had a bit of a run in regarding being able to walk on a ruptured tendon apparently all of us who did are unique!!
However the Dr that treated me is now out in Indonesia practicing medicine on some poor souls there!
The head of A and E agreed that my treatment was “at best slap dash and for this we apologise”
I did get very upset when I had to explain how this had affected me personally, but other than that I was very good I didnt shout or rant or rave in fact I was very calm. As I believe people are when they are certain of their facts and know they are correct.
I impressed them with my email from Professor Nicola Maffuli a man who has researched the reliability of the Thompson Simmonds test who confirmed that this can not be done in a sitting position.
To conclude I have had my apology which I wanted and have been invited to speak to trainee and existing doctors at their seminars to inform them of what were warning signs for me that were totally ignored So I am able to ensure at least at my local hospital no one else will be left with a leg as deformed as mine. Thanks guys for all your support past and continued. I really would have gone nuts without this site.
Love and speedy recovery to you all.
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Posted on September 13th, 2013 by alysbach
REALISE I HAVE NOT BEEN ON HERE FOR AGES AND TOO MUCH HAS HAPPENED TO WRITE ALL IN THIS PLEA HOWEVER I NEED AS MUCH DOCUMENTATION AS POSSIBLE TO TAKE TO A MEETING WITH ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY NEXT WEEK TO PROVE THAT PEOPLE DO WALK WITH A COMPLETELY TORN ACHILLIES TENDON. ANY HELP TO PROVE TO THE SILLY MAN WHO HAS SAID THERE WAS NO WAY IT WAS RUPTURED AS I WALKED ON IT PLEASE WOULD BE APPRECIATED X X X
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Posted on February 14th, 2013 by alysbach
Ok been to see surgeon AGAIN today and AGAIN told him I am unable to stand on tip toes told him this six weeks ago then he said it was different muscle to the tendon, today he tells me it is because I have healed long . he says the only option is another op which would mean taking a tendon from my toe Advice please
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Posted on December 14th, 2012 by alysbach
Twelve weeks post op. I can in physio and around the house walk with two training shoes and one crutch. Sometimes i can walk without the crutch. Then the day after I am back to two crutches. At night and in the morning i have swelling around my ankle, however my worse problem is that all around my scar about an inch either side is like rock and I have no feeling either side but when anyone presses on the scar it stings, my ankle bone swells and has no feeling in it either. I really feel as if i am one step forward and two back. Wednesday I stood in the shower for the first time and yesterday slipped in the shower and hurt my ankle.
For New Year we are off to london and I think I will be back in my boot for that, A friend has offered to massage my scar but I am petrified of her causing damage. I have shown this to my physio who has said she will start to do some massage on it.
Physio for the past 3 weeks has consisted of 10 mins on the bike, up and down four stairs and step over!!
Not feeling the best sorry, will try to do a more positive blog next time
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Posted on November 22nd, 2012 by alysbach
So saw the surgeon today who was amazed to see me on my crutches and boot. My airboot still not in so as far as they are concerned I have been waiting 5 weeks for a boot! The one I have is my old one.The surgeon loved my adapted wedge, and has basically given the go ahead to do anything. he admitted today (as he was massaging both my feet)that he has never operated on such a wide gap before and does not know of anyone with such a wide gap that has been successful . He also explained that the muscle that was on my calf is now much lower down and is acting as a tendon ( I hope it is a good actor!)
however after “walking” today I have a massive ankle again! any help re avoiding this swelling would be good and I know now that tomorrow I wont be able to walk as it will be too painful. the road to recovery seems much shorter now
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Posted on November 21st, 2012 by alysbach
So i realise I have not updated for a while. the mental breakdown was worthwhile as I have come on since last Thursday i went to physio “walking” with my boot and crutches as my physio reminded me two weeks previously I was in a wheelchair.
since then I am now able to walk like a normal person (well one with a boot and crutches) but one foot in front of the other. i have walked barefoot with crutches in physio for about 10 steps and have done their stairs four of them up and down whoo hooo it felt good,, although I am still unable to do my stairs as they are so narrow, however i will have to work on that as I do not want to be sleeping under the Christmas Tree! As my bed is in the living room.
On Monday i wanted to show off my “walking” to everyone so over did it and had to spend yesterday with the limb up in the air again and stayed off it for the day as my scar was very very hard, my calf was sore BUT my ankle was so swollen and very very sore.
Is it normal for the ankle to hurt?
What goes first boot or crutches?
How long until I can drive a car?
How much longer?
I ask on here as I get answers that my surgeon doesnt give.
M physio who initially said I should stay away from the internet, asks me to ask questions on here.
her question is it safe to start work without the boot? (even though we have been doing)
However as far as the hospital are concerned I am still in my removable cast as I am STILL waiting for my air boot from them. I feel a rant at the hospital tomorrow,
It does feel good to be mobile, however I have to remember to take it slowly.
I wander if I will be back in work by the 3rd December, but I need to be able to do stairs and drive a manual car.
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Posted on November 21st, 2012 by alysbach
As I continue progressing with my “walking” i have sat and thought what i could not have lived without, so for anyone starting their journey i would recommend a limbo so you can shower, and more than that the item i have used and continue to use daily is my shower stool I paid £13.50 for mine and it has been worth its weight in gold.
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Posted on November 14th, 2012 by alysbach
I think I have added tthe links to the videos now
one is 5 weeks post op after first physio session.
The second is 7 weeks post op after three physio sessions and lots of exercse at home both NWB
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Posted on November 13th, 2012 by alysbach
So today has been a poo day positivitey out of the window and self pity in through all the open doors and windows!!
Seven weeks I have not been able to get up stairs and get my own clothes! Husband has had to learn to be domesticated god something he has tried his best to be, however now I am slightly mobile on my old boot with wooden wedge and crutches I have seen the mess in our hme!! As during this 7 weeks he has been changing the central heating over OHHHHH my lord the dust!! I have a daughter who visits every day but “has her own house to dust , and her own ironing to do” So today as I prepared for my physio session hubby fetches me my clothes for the day. So he brings me jogging bottoms (being a tidy trousers or jodhpurs woman usually) These were bought for physio and ease with ATR. however today they were like a creased bag of rags, and I flipped sobbed hysterically and I mean hysterically, loud floods of tears, so once they started they would not stop, hubby didn’t know what to do with himself or me!!
Then he let rip, have I mentioned he is actually disabled too? He had an injury to his knee and back 7 years ago and is in constant pain, so he struggles to go up the stairs for himself never mind as I need him to get me my things!!!
He then tells me to “get off my arse and iron them” So off my arse I got got dressed in the creased clothes, got his car keys as he has an automatic, hobbled to the car and ran away!!!
I didn’t get far as it is not easy to drive when in floods of tears. Friends drove past saw me and asked what was wrong I told them I have creased trousers.
They both (males) laughed and pointed out that as well as creased trousers I also had a stupid boot and that they will always love me even with creased trousers!!
They also pointed out that NEVER before have hubby and I spent so long together as I was home for the summer holidays before I had my op and that even though I was frustrated so is hubby as I am not usually part of his daily routine, neither is physio.(well for me) as he has developed tendonitis in his wrist so is now attending too.
So home I came to find he had packed my bags as I had asked him too!!!!
Anyway for the first time in our long marriage I apologised! and we decided to go for a lovely drive (him driving) to see Snowdonia (which is very close to where we live)
So all in all an eventful day,
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