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First 2 Weeks Post Op

I have reached the 2 week mark since surgery and have my first visit to the doc later today.  Here is a quick update on my first two weeks.  

  • Surgery went well, outplacement, spinal which worked well, back home within about 6 hours total.  The repair was for a complete tear.
  • First 3 days spent on the couch with leg elevated on two pillows which worked well.  Pain was manageable with Vicadin and Advil.  Quit the Vicadin after day 3 and continued advil and tylenol for a couple more days, then not much of anything after that.
  • Getting around on crutches has gone pretty well (have used them before).  Hands, arms a bit sore.  I was walking around the house without any shoes and my good leg was getting sore so I started wearing my right foot Echo slip-on around the house and it was “way more comfortable”  
  • Did not leave the house for 8 days.  First trip out was for a short date with my wife.  Was really good to get out!
  • Went in to the office for half-day yesterday, not too bad but certainly not as comfortable as working from home.  It’s a long crutch walk to the loo, copier, fax machine, etc.  

Yet Another Over 40 Basketball Casualty

I am another classic case of the over 40 guy who remembered the good old days when playing hoops was so much fun and just had to go back.  And it is fun!  I started playing again at the YMCA after 10 years and was having a blast, getting great exercise and enjoying the game.  On my second visit, about 1 hour into our full court play, I jumped hard to intercept a pass and came down on my left leg and felt the “kick in the back of the leg” like everyone else and I knew it was a goner.  The injury I always dreaded had occurred.  I hobbled to the car and drove myself to the nearest orthopedic clinic and waited for the doors to open. Within an hour I had seen a resident, an orthopedic doc and an orthopedic surgeon and had my surgery scheduled for two days later.  

The recovery had begun…