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It was good to get back home,  now I could plan my recovery. I wanted more information about my injury so I left a message on a waterski message board and was pointed in the direction of achilles blog, loads of info and I strongly recommend you check out assuptions blog.

I had some pain but no where near as much as I had expected, I could control it with paracetamol and after a few days didn’t need it. Once the swelling started to go down the cast got quite uncomfortable and it got hard to find a position to get comfortable particularly trying to sleep. I found the best position if on my back was to put my good foot on the cast and that took the pressure off the heel. If I lyed on my side I needed a pilow between my knees. Found great difficulty sleeping. At times the hell would bleed I could detect this as I could feel the dampness of the blood and it would fell sticky, not a lot I could do about that, just hope I don’t get an infection.

I have always been an active person into sports and fitness, in the winter I would be down the gym four days a week working different muscle group every visit, in the summer would waterski up to five times a week and gym a couple times per week. Now to be told to do nothing for perhaps several months was not going to be easy. After a couple of weeks I was taken back  by the muscle wastage particularly on the bad leg, it was really skinny and I mean skinny I have never had my leg look like that, one was normal and the other looked as it could snap. I got on the scales and I had lost nearly half a stone unbelievable, what was the calf muscle going to look like. I needed to start doing something to keep the muscles firing but there is not a lot you can do with your leg when its in plaster. I started a exercise regime I worked the abs with various crunches, press-ups on one leg for the upper body. For the leg.  leg raises on side and back, leg extensions, bringing knee up to chest and then extend and upside down cycling. Any other ideas for this?

It’s amazing the things we take for granted when you are able bodied, crutches really changes things. Y ou cannot just do things as you are used to, you have to plan. Here is a list of things you have to get to grips with.  

  • Getting up and down stairs
  • Going to the loo
  • Showering
  • Making a cuppa
  • Sleeping

Thats to name a few. In the early days getting up the stairs was easy, right hand on the banister left in holding the crutch and then just hop up the stairs one at a time. Once up the top I had to ensure I leaned forward so as I didn’t fall down. going down stairs is easy you just go on your bum. after a couple of days of this I started to get sore left hand knee, obviously so much pressure on the knee due to hopping up the stairs. I was going to have to avoid using the stairs as much. One of things I was warned about is possible injury to the oposite leg or foot due to the extra dependance for the good leg, The problem was however our loo is upstairs but luckily we have a garden that is not over looked, so that was utilised liquids only.

When you go the the loo as a fella you now have two options, first one sit down like a girl or the second one is to balance on one leg and one crutch, make sure you are properly balanced, it is not good at this point to fall side ways.

I was fortunate, before the wife goes to work she brings my breakfast in bed and puts lunch out on a table next to the sofa, lays out the TV channel changers etc. but occasionnaly you fancy a cuppa the great british institution. Well is easy transferring it to another room without spilling it is near damn impossible. so now I have a series of tables and chairs and I just transfere it by moving it from table to table. so you can get by with a bit of planning.

My appointment to have the staples removed was to be in two weeks and that would give me a chance to see the heel, get it xrayed and get a comfortable cast. I hope. . .

2 Responses to “Back Home”

  1. I found it easier to go up the stairs on my knee with the injured leg.
    As for the tea…. try a thermos in a backpack. Lots of stores give out these light nylon bags with strings to put it on your back, very useful.

  2. I took to eating lunch at the kitchen counter for the period I was stuck at home without my wife around. Luckily my surgery was just before spring break and my wife is an elementary school teacher. Sucked for her, but I didn’t have to paint the bedroom.

    Once I got back to work I ended up buying my lunch a lot more often, it was easier than getting around on the subway with a backpack and Toronto wasn’t yet forcing the retailers to charge 5 cents for every plastic bag so carrying things back up to the office wasn’t a difficulty, much.

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