Seven Months.

Many people have posted their six month update.  Well, that slipped past a month ago.  I guess time flies when you’re walking again!

My update is positive.  Wound has been closed for some time now and have been walking about two miles a day.  I’m pretty pleased as how my leg muscles have returned.  I was essentially on one-leg for over twenty weeks last year due to my re-rupture and conservative treatment the second time around.  When I first saw my atrophy, it was hard to believe (as in my shin bone was protruding).  But check ‘em out now:

Leg at seven months.

This is four months after going into two shoes.

The repaired AT is pretty thick but getting more limber each day.  There is still a lack of strength and I can barely get up on a one-legged toe lift.   I know there is still a ways to go but, aside from not running yet, most things have returned to normal.

I hope this might be of some encouragement to all our unlucky newcomers…no matter how sucky it may seem, it will definitely get better.  Trust me on that one.  And I really can’t thank the blog enough for all the support–in terms of advice and encouragement.  Especially Dennis and Kristin.  And if you read this, Walshie, I’m back on the damn Nicorette.  New Year’s Resolution…yet again.  Here’s to a kickass 2009.

10 Responses to “Seven Months.”

  1. Great news and great progress. Congratulations for beating the triple whammy.

  2. daveleft - Glad to read that your calf muscle has regained a lot of its strength, and that your wound closed. Looks like your recovery is going well. Been waiting for your update, and it’s been worth the wait! ;) Keep us posted!

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  4. Aw…thanks for the shout out….I’m just now seeing your update…..a little behind…nice legs…thought you were waxing them though? (just kidding) I want to hear more about how you got your scab to finally be gone. I have silvadene, bactroban, vitamin E and lots of other potions but a little stumped. Come and visit! I met Craig during the holidays when he was in Atl. I think we need a convention! By the way…kids are still at your door…pls feed them. :)

  5. I just saw…you are standing on your coffee table…how safe is that? Get OFF the furniture!!!

  6. daveleft- do you think the second surgery caused the infection. What I mean is, did they reopen the same scar and that caused it not to heal? I’m not sure if they reopen or make a new incision. did you have any questions you wished you had asked prior to 2nd surgery. I was 5 weeks post-op, NWB, and tripped reaching for my crutches on Thurs. Having surgery again this week. They got my foot “back to neutral” last time, so I was hard cast for only 10 days. Thinking that will be worse this time. How was it for you?

  7. First, sorry to hear about your situation. Secondly, I will be glad to help you any way I can.

    To answer your question in a word: yes. My second surgery was on top of the scar from the first. I didn’t have so much an infection but some skin necrosis. As we all know, this is one of the worst parts of the body to have surgery on because of the thinness of the skin and lack of blood flow. I had a spot that didn’t heal and filled in with slough (non-viable skin tissue). I have to chalk it up to bad luck.

    I’m a little different from you because it seems you re-ruptured in the same spot. Mine was above the original rupture. Now that I’ve prefaced it, I have to be honest with you that it was much worse the second time. Besides the wound complication, my doctor and I decided to be ultra-conservative so I was in a boot for thirteen weeks. My muscle atrophy was atrocious.

    But…the good news…I have almost recovered to the same size as my good leg. My doctor was very impressed. My AT is still a little stiff but it doesn’t prevent me from doing anything. The other good news is that you should be well-prepared as to what to expect…and much better on the crutches!

    As for questions for the doctor, I guess the main one should what schedule he/she wants to do for recovery/rehab. But that can wait until after surgery. I had a tendon graft on stand-by if necessary but it wasn’t used (my doctor performed a turn-down–a piece of the fascia was cut and folded over the repair to strengthen it). You might want to ask if he/she is planning to strengthen the repair. They might not know until they get in there though.

    I’ll send you my phone number if you want to discuss this further. And remember…even with a re-rupture, there is still the expectation of a full recovery (just will take a little longer). All the best.

  8. hey there! Just checkin in with you to see how you’re doing? All is well here. Enjoying getting really moving now that my AT is really strong. Hope you are doing well!

  9. Hi Dave,

    Hope you are recovering well.

    The first time I ruptured my Achilles tendon was during a basketball game in late October 2011. I have since re-ruptured my Achilles exactly 4 months later just from walking on it.

    That fateful morning, I did the normal stretching I do in the morning and as I walked away after completing the exercises, on the 5th step I pushed off from my toes as I have been doing since the cast came off and POP it went, it was pretty much a “non event”, not much pain this time compared to the first time, but an immediate gaping hole in my Achilles was evident and an overwhelming emotional pain hit like a tsunami and flooded me. I almost went into hysterics, just thinking of what I had already been through and to have to start from square one was really hard to take.

    After a few minutes I collected myself, accepted my fate once more, tried to look for positives and put things into perspective.

    As timely as an Achilles re-rupture could be, the movie Touching the Void happen to on that night. Watching that guy go through his struggles, really made me feel lucky, but still can’t get over the fact that it’s happened again.

    The doctors said that he will have to harvest a muscle tendon to give it more strength. Not sure if anyone else has had the same procedure and if they have recovered well.

    Sincerely,

    Ranui

  10. Dave, great to hear the update and that you’re recovering well from a second ATR — which I confess right now would overwhelm me. Good that you can handle it. My respect & admirationfor you, man.

    Ranui, I ruptured my left Achilles tendon in Oct 2011 but reasons I won’t detail here didn’t have surgery until January. This involved the FHL tendon transfer — quite possibly what your surgeon is recommending. More good info on that procedure right here: http://www.footeducation.com/flexor-hallucis-longus-fhl-tendon-transfer-to-the-achilles-tendon

    (If the link doesn’t show, please google: Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendon Transfer to the Achilles Tendon)

    I’ll be six weeks out this Friday, and so can’t really give a progress report yet. But the procedure is fairly well established, and the web site gives good info.

    All best to all!

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