Jun 03 2013

New ATR Club Member

Published by cole at 12:36 am under Uncategorized

Hi All - I am a new member of the team.  I ruptured my Achilles on Cinco de Mayo and no….  beer was not involved.  I was pushing a jet ski trailer into its parked position with quite a bit of force and felt a pop.  I immediately knew what happened and urgent care was able to quickly confirm.  There goes the summer as planned.

Disappointingly, surgery was not scheduled until 10 DAYS after the injury.  Surgery wasn’t too big of a deal as it was not my first rodeo (micro fracture surgery 6 years ago).  The pain blocker did a phenomenal job.  Post op I took 1 Percocet every 4 hours for the first 4 days and then switched to Ibuprofen on day 5.  I felt very little pain through this initial process (I assume PT will bring on the pain).  I did feel a headache and as if I had some slight withdrawal symptoms after I stopped the meds.

I am now 2 weeks and 5 days post op.   I was fitted for my full cast after two weeks replacing a splint cast i received after surgery.  It has been difficult keeping still with my leg elevated but that is where it feels best.  I have been somewhat mobile and have even made it to work a couple of times (desk job).  The unfortunate result from dangling my leg while crutching from place to place is a purple swollen foot.  Fortunately it goes back to normal after elevating the leg for a while.  I have read many bloggers state that this can be normal.  My Ortho told me if elevation doesn’t relieve the swelling or pain then call.  I am going with that theory since I have also experienced some calf muscle soreness while crutching that subsides after the leg is elevated again. 

I look forward to posting to the blog in the weeks/months to come so I can keep a record and share the experience.  I will be on vacation next week in Disney World.  Great timing.  I have rented a scooter that will be waiting for me at the hotel.  I feel a little guilty and a bit humbled to use this type of transportation but I don’t think crutching around the parks would be manageable.

Thank you Dennis for creating this site.

4 Responses to “New ATR Club Member”

  1. eyechilleson 03 Jun 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Good luck with your recovery and have fun at Disney!

  2. kellygirlon 03 Jun 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Geez, that will make me think twice about pushing a stalled car! My injury was similarly unspectacular. The scooter is the way to go. Might as well enjoy your trip. Crutches are fine for around the house and short distances but that’s it. Enjoy your trip–we’ll be here when you return :)

  3. craiger9eron 03 Jun 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Good luck healing and try and have fun at Disney. I had to be pushed around in a wheelchair at an event recently and I was the same way. Very humbling, but definitely necessary though. Get the scooter for sure and have fun.

    One of the first things I thought about trying to do again (after healing up a bit) is dragging my boat trailer from the backyard to the driveway to get out fishing - I think you just made me rethink that decision.

  4. coleon 03 Jun 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks to all for the well wishes. I will post an entry about the Disney experience after I return.

    @craiger9er - I am apprehensive about pushing a trailer again but it might just give me enough of an excuse to buy a 4wheeler to move them around.

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