4 weeks..still NWB..yuck

May 24th, 2013

Hey all. It’s been a few weeks so I guess it’s time for an update. Had my 4 week post op appointment a few days ago and finally I’m out of the fiberglass cast (wahoo!!). So I’m in the boot. I begged my doctor to let me go partial weight bearing and he said no. I will be NWB until June 4th and I’m pretty much going crazy. I have had some good days and lots of depressed days. I’m sick of not being able to help much around the house and not doing anything.

I won’t be doing PWB we are skipping straight to FWB at the 6 week mark. Which I’m fine with. That is also when I start physical therapy.

My biggest issue now is freaking out that I will get an infection. The incision site bugs me often now that I’m in the boot because of where one of the straps is. It looks funny to me too, but I’ve never had stitches before so I’m not sure what I’m looking at. I do know that it’s gross.

I am anxious to be back to a semi normal life. Things like standing to shower and working. Although I did get to take my first shower with both legs in the tub this week and it felt strange getting my leg wet for the first time in 4 weeks. I’m actually looking for a new job. I manage a store in a warehouse and I don’t think I will be able to do 8 hours of constant walking 5 days a week and still come home to cook and clean and shop. It’s just not possible i don’t think.

This journey is leaving me exhausted and depressed and I need to find a way to cheer up because I’m driving myself crazy being like this! My poor husband!

Question: what do I need to look for to be sure there is no infection?

4 Responses to “4 weeks..still NWB..yuck”

  1. Jeanne Bringgold-Pro on May 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    Go to the doctor. DO NOT mess around with self-diagnosis.

  2. dana925 on May 24, 2013 4:12 PM

    It’s not red, no pus. I’m not worried about it now, I’m just scared it will happen since I’m not in the cast anymore. If I ever think there’s an issue I will go back. They have looked at it once a week for the last 4 weeks and always say it looks good. I was curious as to what signs to look for. That’s all, no biggie.

  3. sfce on May 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    Be patient! you’ll get there, sittin on this couch is killin me but hey atleast I get to enjoy day time TV!

  4. michaelz on May 27, 2013 7:47 PM

    My Dr said if you see puss, have a fever or the area is painful than go to the Dr. Otherwise your o.k.

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    I am a 25 year old woman, recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.