16 days post-op and finished first week of work

Well, last week I worked.  Mon-Thurs I woked from home, but went to work on Friday as the kids started summer vacation and I couldn’t see being effective.  Thanks to my friend/coworker Tom who picked me up at my house and drove me in (36 miles each way).  I did give him Red Sox tickets, but I’m sure he will derseve more.  My knee crutch worked well and it was nice to get back to work (mentally).  No real issues, except all of the stares / questions about the “I walk free” [when viewed fron the front (i.e. walking towards one another in a hallway) people thought I lost the leg below the knee!]  It was nice to get out of the cage I call home. 

Went out yard sailing with the wife yesterday.  Nice to get out but too much attention from knee crutch.   People are being nice, but I can’t have my foot low for too long or it get’s blue, swolen, and numb.   It takes like 20 minutes.  Can anyone explain why this is?  I’ve read it can be caused in part by the lack of muscle activity.  However, at the computer the good foot is doing nothing and its not blue.  It it restriction from the cast or simply a result of swelling? 

On a brighter note, I see the surgion next Tuesday.  Since I am already in my second cast and near 90 degrees, I am hoping to get the boot.  I know it will still be NWB, but its progress and …you know what it’s like to be in a cast.  I can’t wait to be able to limp around again and be useful.

4 Responses to “16 days post-op and finished first week of work”

  1. I’ve heard (from doctor friends) that swelling is caused by inability of the affected areas to circulate and drain fluids properly post-trauma (ie ATR and subsequent surgery). It supposedly goes away as everything in your leg heals up and explains why a health leg doesn’t swell when you’re upright or just sitting there.

    Glad to see that you’re up and about. I can’t wait to ditch the crutches.

  2. wow back to work already. My doctor has me off work untilo
    the end of September and I have a desk job. I am suppose to stay flat on my back with my leg elevated for 4 weeks.

  3. I have the same problem, when my foot is down for even 5 minutes, my toes turn purple. I am working at home with my foot up for 6 weeks, and I also have a desk job. Every doc seems to have different requirements. I am also over 40 - don’t know if that makes a difference.

  4. My toes turn colors when I put my leg down as well. I sometimes experience a little bit of pain with it, especially in the mornings when I get out of bed and all the blood goes to my foot.

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