Posted by: colonel1865 | October 25, 2009

This Sucks!

I’m beginning to hate this damn couch.  Here I am…once again….plopped onto this leather covered monster, but butt growing numb and my foot throbbing once again.    This is going to be a long rant as it’s my first attempt at a blog.  Thank God for football season, and wireless Internet connections otherwise I might possibly go mad.  There have been a lot of “firsts” over the last 2 weeks.  My first “real” injury, first hostpial visit, surgery, crutches experience, and now my first blog.  I reptured my achilles almost 2 weeks ago now, and all i can tell you for certain is that this injury sucks!  That’s been backed up by the ER doc that saw me, my D.O. surgeon, my general practicioner, and just about everyone else that I’ve met since this happened.  Funny how everyone makes the same face after they’ve asked you what happened…like they can “feel your pain” in some Clintonesque fashion. Ha Ha.   So I’m 5 days post op, and the damn thing still pulses in pain.  It’s not the pain that gets at me though….I can take that (with the help of some percocets at times)…no for me it’s the immobility.  Ever tried to go to the kitchen and bring back a drink while on crutches?  It’s almost impossible…(thank god beer has bottlecaps).  So I thought I’d be smarter than the average bear…and I’d rent a knee walker.  (if you don’t know what they are…Google them…they’re actually GREAT for this injury and they bring you 10 times the independence that crutches do)  So I get this contraption, (which my wife and everyone else seems to find hysterical) and it’s just as advertised…helps me get around…I can roll around the house without the burning sensation in my foot that the crutches bring.  PLUS I can go to the kitchen and bring back drinks and snacks to the couch…great right!   However, while you may be under the illusion you have control back immediately…trust me you don’t.  All it takes is one little piece of mulch in the street …and boom there you go…falling off your “old man” scooter in the middle of the driveway, and what do you do for balance when that happens?   Yeah you think you can put your lame foot down for support.  OUCH!…idiot.    So I learned a very hard lesson that I have to slow down and let this recovery have the time it’s going to require. BUT I’ll say that the pain has definatly subsided for the most part and I feel like I’m turning that first corner to my LONG recovery.

Responses

Yep this injury sucks. Its a serious one all right and sometimes I wonder that I would of preferred to break my leg instead!! The immobility is the hardest thing to get over - especially if, like me, this is the first major injury you have had.

Keep your chin up the first few weeks are the worst and then the long recovery begins.

I am sure you are not back to square one - I fell over 3 times in the early weeks without serious setback.

Once you get to the first cast change, mentally you feel much better.

On your other points:
Yes, you would have been better off breaking your leg; and
Yes, this does suck!

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