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So, here I am, 2.5 weeks out of surgery thinking it’s about time I contribute to the Achilles blog. I’m hoping I can help the next guy (or gal) out there to find an easier path and learn from some of the mistakes I’ve made. So, to get started, here’s are some things to avoid once you think you’ve ruptured your Achilles:
- Stop thinking how you are going to be able to walk in 2-3 weeks. If it’s ruptured you’ll be Non-Weight Bearing (NWB) for 4 weeks post-op if your lucky;
- Driving is not possible;
- Get used to being called names. So far I’ve been called a pirate, long john silver, gimpy, crippled, and special. Be prepared to be humble;
- If you need to get places, plan on not being on your crutches or knee-walker for over 15 minutes. It is possible to go out for meals because you can put your foot up when your seated, but shopping is not a good idea;
- The knee walker is a good idea for the house. I’ve been able to do much more with the knee-walker and only wish i rented it (from a local medical supply store) earlier;
- Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Granted, the injury sucks because your out for months, but life must go on and it’s doable with this injury;
- Eat healthy and be sure to not each too much salt. After surgery, eating salt would make my toes larger!
- Be ready to see a smaller leg. After 3 weeks of being off my foot, mine is about half the size. A shrunken appendage is a very awkward feeling.
- Don’t forget to keep your leg up. The office, dinner table, meetings, TV, sleeping, ironing, cooking, driving, lounging, and observing can all be done with the leg up;
- Forget grocery shopping. Delivery is OK, but the produce is questionable. I’ve been purchasing packaged produce and finding better quality;
- Don’t be difficult with your significant other, family or friends. Your going to need their help and it will only make you look more desperate if your being a jerk;
- Don’t keep talking about your devastating injury. People get tired of hearing about it quick.
If anyone’s reading this far, I guess they might be interested in my story. i ruptured my Achilles 3.5 weeks ago playing basketball. So far, no accident with the NWB! There have been plenty of close calls with the crutches, but I’ve stayed away from landing on my bad foot. I’m hoping to get the boot 4 weeks post op. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate to have a very helpful wife and mother to help with driving and advising how to deal with this injury.
I’ll continue to update with some other findings which come my way for dealing with an Achilles rupture after surgery. To anyone reading this who has the same fate, keep truckin’, be smart, and take it easy.
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