Ruptured at my nursing graduation ball

Hi there i was hoping to create a new post to share and compare my experiences with others.
Im British and rutured my achilles on 14th September at my nursing graduation ball. Im 47 and was very excited to start my new nursing career. At my graduation ball I had been dancing barefoot, a bit of cha cha sliding and all was well. Sat down for a little rest and ruptured walking back to the dancefloor.
Unfortunately, the next day I presented at minor injuries clinic (aka as urgent care centre) where the rupture was missed and tghe practioner thought i had some soft tissue damage in my calf. Subsiquently I continued working and mobilising the whole of the next week. I was drenched in diclonfenic gel and walked flatfooted with a severe limp. Had a lot of pain but as I had been checked over felt ok just working through it.
After five days I made myself an appointment with a private physio. He immediately diagnosed a complete achilles rupture after doing the thompson test. I refused to accept my diagnosis and trotted ( well limped) off to my GP who confirmed a complete rupture advising me to go straight to A and E. Like anyone else whoevers ruptured their achilles I was devasted ! Had a bit of a cry and was terrified that i would loose my job.
Anyway ended up in a below the knee cast for just over x2 weeks. I was truely terrible on crutches. My ‘good’ weightbearing leg has severe osteoarthritis and had undergone cartlidge repair just the previous month. Every step was agony. I looked online and discovered the iwalk 2.0, its like a pirate leg and just gave me the ability to get around a little. I really recommend the iwalk 2.0 if you are struggling on crutches. Cost £170 and I used it for aroynd 10 days as i then went into a boot. Despite only using it for a few days it was worth every penny, ill ebay it when ive convinced im not going to rerupture.
Im booted now and due to have the rest of my wedges removed this week. Ive had the boot on for 4 weeks. This will be the first time ive seen any nhs professional in 4 weeks. At fracture clinic ( where i went after A and E) I saw a consultant. After casting my next nhs interaction was with a physio who supplied my boot, advised to use with crutches but weight bear as soon as able. I only needed the crutches for the first couple of hours. I took to the boot well and can walk ok in boot. I find the boot hot, sweaty and bulky. I wear it all the time and remove it for washing only, recently Ive been taking it off for an hours treat every evening,  my foot is elevated and im incredibly careful. Now its 4 weeks later and ill see the phsio again just for wedge removal and instruction on flat foot boot walking technique. How does this compare with the interventions that others have had in other areas of the Uk ?
I have gone and seen my own physio privately this week whos given me some excercises for my toes. Its expensive but I feel my recovery is worth it. Im signed off sick for a total of 12 weeks from discovery of injury which takes me to end of December. My undamaged leg with osteoarthritis is so painful as it was still recovering from cartledge repair on it. So i feel like Ive had a double whammy. Im desperate to start my new job as a community nurse, I feel so gutted.
So in summary
week 1 post incident rupture missed
week 2 rupture identified by physio, consultant referred for ultrasound and cast.
week 3 in cast….cast worn 2 weeks and replaced with boot.4 wedges in boot.
week 4 in boot 4 wedges
week 5 following instruction from phsio when i first got boot removed 2 wedges, leaving only 2
week 6 boot worn 2 wedges insitu, went to see private physio.
week 7 i have appoint with physio at the end of the week to remove wedges but will continue to wear boot 24/7 for another 4 weeks
So my question is firstly can anyone any hints, tips or comments ?Secondly how long after coming out of the boot before you could a) drive and b) walk competently  ?
oh and i forgot to say that i am overweight, probably moreso now that ive been comfort eating so how long before swimming, crossing training etc ?
I feel like a coilled spring raring to start my new career ….. everyday is a day closer to recovery !