Closing in on end of week 5

Closing in on end of week 5 since my injury, treated non surgically. Today is the end of my 2nd week in the boot, and I can walk without crutches, and can also get up and down stairs without crutches. I do get a bit fatigued, so it’s not 100% of the time, but quality of life is much better. My brother set up my bike on his trainer stand, and I am doing 25 minutes on that, 2 days out of 3. Also he and my wife set up my Total Gym, so can work out on that as well. Life is much better now than it was 3 weeks ago.

First Night with the Boot

Hah! I’m supposed to be able to sleep with this thing? I thought the cast was annoying, but the boot is a whole “nutha” step up the ladder of annoying. I’m sure it will get better, but last night’s sleep was pretty fitful. C’est la vie. We’ll get through it.

End of week 3,,,and a boot

Everything went great at the surgeon’s today. Despite the snippiness of whoever I spoke with earlier in the week, the doc had received my message, and was very supportive. His biggest concern is me slipping if my boot is off, like in the shower. He doesn’t see much value at this point in formal PT, however he said I can start weight bearing as tolerated, and gave me the same exercises I’ve seen on various YouTube videos. They put the 2 wedges with 3 layers in each wedge, and he wants me to remove two layers per week, and see him again in 4 weeks. It went well.

dan914’s Achilles Rupture Blog

Ok, well,  I’m a retired dentist, 65 years old, active, fit, healthy, all of which led me to try pickleball.  I was very eager to try it. I used to play a lot of platform tennis, and have been watching pickleball grow in popularity, even among us old gray-haired types.  First day on court I ruptured my right AT.  Friday, August 31, 2018.  In the evening, on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend. I knew immediately what it was. Got to ER in a few minutes, and they put me in a boot, gave me a shot of Toradol in the butt, gave me some crutches and sent me home. Emotionally I was devastated. Being a long holiday weekend, I was unable to even get an appointment made before Tuesday. I did get a call from a surgeon associated with the ER, who was willing to see me on Labor Day Monday in the ER, and if I wanted surgery would do it the next day. When I asked him if he’d done many ATR repairs he was honest and said “no”.  He was also gracious enough to contact the guy who everyone says is “the best of the best” in the area, and I was able to see him, Thursday, 6 days post-injury. When my injury happened I assumed everyone got surgery. What the 6 days did for me was to give me time to research the web and learn that I wanted to take a non-surgical approach. The surgeon was OK with that, but he was pretty clear that he felt surgery would offer me a more predictably good result. I was unswayed. So he had me casted up, and made an appointment to see me in another two weeks, which will be tomorrow. So in the intervening 2 weeks, more time to research, and I’ve come to decide that I want to get into a boot tomorrow and start the limited weight bearing PT protocol. I called the surgeon’s office to make sure this was what was planned, but alas, no.  He’s planning on 6 weeks immobilization in successive casts. I explained to his nurse that wasn’t what I wanted, and told her to make sure that prior to my appointment with him he gets the information of how I want to proceed. Who knows if that will happen, or what his reaction will be?  She was pretty condescending to me, even telling me “that’s why we don’t want people going on the internet doing their own research”…I bit my tongue, but it wasn’t easy. I think I have another surgeon who will manage me the way I want, if this doc is not willing to. But it has been a stressful couple of days lining that up, and to do it I had to contact a former patient of mine who is an orthopedic surgeon who will be getting me to a partner of his, should my current doc prove intransigent in his thinking.  I am optimistic that he’ll be OK with it. As far as my condition, just the normal, trying to stay optimistic, not in any pain. Sometimes my cast is bothersome, but mostly OK…It’s hard to not be able to do the things I like doing, like golfing, and walking, and climbing into a boat on the lake I live on etc etc… That’s about it.  I’ll let you all know how my appointment with the surgeon goes tomorrow. Oh, I got an Iwalk 2 yesterday.  Took some practice, but I’m getting the hang of it.