I was so excited today. I finally got to take my boot off to shower after days of avoiding showering due to the intense yoga positions needed in order to keep my injured leg from getting wet. My excitement died when I saw my leg. First off, the stitches and everything are just ugly. Then there was the approximately 2″ yellowish purple bruise on the inside of my foot near the heel. And finally, my calf has already begun to shrink noticeably after barely 2 weeks of no activity. I had been noticing my boot/splint getting looser day by day but I just though my leg was trying to wiggle it’s way out. A visual and physical check revealed that my calf has shrunk to just barely bigger than my arms, and that is just weird. I guess I should be thankful my leg wasn’t much hairer as other people have described.
The showering was more difficult too since I was always in fear that one wrong step without my boot on and who knows what might happen! After the shower I was almost too happy to slip my boot back on. My ankle felt safe and secure in its little black abode.
My doctor told me to start PT during week 3. Does that mean the start of the 3rd week (i.e. now…. 2 weeks after my surgery) or after 3 weeks? Me being the genious that I am I didn’t ask when he told me about it. The earliest PT with a doctor I could schedule is on the 28th of July which is about 4 weeks after surgery. The PT prescribed for week 3 (or 4?) is very simple though. Just move my foot up and down 5 times, 2 sets, 3 times a day. I tried doing it while in the shower but was only able to move my foot about 1″ both directions. Would there be any ramifications if I started too early?
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