Today was my first post-op visit to my surgeon’s office, which is a 20-minute drive from home. Had spent all of the past 15 days since surgery inside the house. I don’t think I’ve ever been indoors for that long a stretch in my life. So, naturally, I was expecting that it would feel good to leave the house (finally) and be outside. And it did. But it felt more than just good. It felt surreal. I’m not sure why. I think when you’re inside all the time, you can sorta fool yourself into thinking that you’re not missing out on much — you can enter a black hole where the days blend into one another. But going outside today instantly dispelled any illusions that the world was on pause. The streets were bustling with activity — joggers, bikers, dog-walkers. The surreal part came from seeing all this life and activity around me — continuing as it did before my ATR — but feeling like I was no longer a part of that world.
But today definitely felt like a solid step (or at least a PWB step!) back towards rejoining civilization. Doctor said the wound appears to be healing well and that the tendon is intact. He said that’s all he wanted to check today and to come back in 4 weeks. Somewhat to my surprise, he said that I could begin PWB in a boot (50% strength). And in 2 weeks, he said I could ditch the crutches and go FWB. This all seems a bit aggressive, but I feel somewhat reassured by what I’ve read on this site about how early weight-bearing and rehab have been shown to get better overall results.
The challenge for me is to figure out now what it means to be 50% PWB. I’ve been putting some cautious weight on the foot today, but I have no idea if I’m putting 10% weight on it or closer to 50% (in reality, it’s probably been more like 5%). In my head, I’ve always regarded standing on a leg to be a strictly binary matter — either you’re standing on it or you’re not. Anyone have any advice on how to gauge what 50% weight-bearing feels like?