April 18, 2016
Ok, so surgery went fine, there were no unexpected surprises so that is a good thing. This time I am on some nausea/vomit medications that although it serves a purpose, it feels like its main purpose is to get me to fall asleep. There is a “Drowsy” warning with this and yes, they mean this.
The first 72 hours were meant to be spent in bed with my foot elevated, while also icing my leg. so far mission accomplishes. only really got out of bed to go to the bathroom, other that that I have essentially been in one place for 72 hours. This is starting to grind on me. Hopefully it wont be too bad, I have a good amount of movies, tv shows and books lined up for me to watch/read so we will see what happens.
April 13, 2016
So, time has passed quicker than I thought and surgery is less than 48 hours away. This time there is something different about the time leading up to the surgery, it feel different because it is happening on my terms. The first time I had a rupture on Thursday night, and was in the operating room on Monday. Being able to schedule the surgery and have it happen on my schedule kind of changes everything as well.
At the time of rupture #1, I was working a job that required me to be on my feet the whole day, and was living by myself. Obviously, a rupture doesn’t play nice with those two facts. I was lucky enough to be able to have my dad fly out for a week to take care of me after the surgery. That was helpful, but after he left, I was on my own. The wait to full weight bearing was 8 weeks, and that was a very, very long 8 weeks.
This time, there is a sense of optimism stemming from me being in a different place in my life. Being married, help with the thought of having to go through this alone. My job, now a travel/desk job will allow me to go back to the office after 2 weeks, as long as things progress like they should and I keep off my foot. I will be back travelling at around 8 weeks. Not that I am a workaholic and miss work that much, but to be able to be back in the mix with friends and having a better sense of purpose than the frustration of being alone.
Also, it is a small thing, but having a different boot to wear post-surgery is something that I am looking forward to. Instead of the Bledsoe boot, which I had last time, I am rocking the Vacocast (Vacoped). Having researched the different boots and knowing the positives and the negatives of the Bledsoe boot, I am looking forward to some of the advantages that the Vacocast will provide.
Since my rupture isn’t that bad as I remarked in my first post, and I have been able to walk pre-surgery, my recovery time isn’t expected to be as severe as it was the first time. These are the doctor’s plans for my recovery while wearing the boot
3-4 weeks NWB
1 week PWB
2-3 weeks FWB
Long story short, although I have been through this before and have some idea of what to expect, the truth is that I have no idea. I am hoping for things to be better than the first time but you never know.
March 24, 2016
So, it happened again, albeit not as severe as the first one but bad enough that I am going under the knife again. Back in 2008 I had a rupture of my left Achilles due to trying to be a hero at softball. 8 weeks NWB and then the shock of having to learn to walk again, was something that I was hoping I would never, ever have to go through again. Then ,being in the Bledsoe boot for what seemed like an eternity was not fun either. There is a silver lining to this ruptured cloud, this time I will not have to go through this again, and this time the surgery will be on my terms.
I know how bad it was last time, and how lonely and helpless that I felt. I found this blog and will blog my adventures, not just for my amusement, but since this will be my second time going under the knife I feel that I should give back to the community that helped me through before. I know it is a long recovery, and something that I never wanted to go through again but hopefully having this blog as an outlet will give me something to look forward to as well as the prospect of a new boot!!