1st blog…
Might be a bit long, but I will try to make it interesting and maybe even a few laughs along the way.
My name is Dick (DJ), I’m a 48 year old man with a good career, fantastic wife and two great daughters (14 and 12).  I am a sports fanatic and play everything from hoop, hockey, flag football, skiing, golf, volleyball, etc.  I live in CT and on April 12th I joined the community of ATR.  Here’s my story.
Tore my left one playing basketball at the YMCA.  Similar story to most, felt like I heard a gun shot in my head and got kicked and quickly new what it was as I have heard of others that had it happen to them.  Adding to my frustration was that I was taking the family on vacation in just two days that we had planned for 6 months and didn’t want to ruin it for them.  Plus the fact that I told my wife I wasn’t going to play that day as she didn’t want to risk me getting hurt.  Long story short the docs gave me the ok and we still went on vacation to St Thomas and made the most of it.  The kids had a great time and I made it through very well considering I was on crutches and splinted with no option to swim.   I will leave out the details of the trip that include putting my butt in the pool with my new iPhone in my pocket, the broken crutch (side note: the Kmart on St Thomas sells nice crutches for $53), and the villa we were staying at was on the 3rd and 4th floor without elevator…  all fun stories to tell that i will save for later.
Injury details:
- MRI… Complete rupture up closer to calf muscle, separation was less than 10mm
- Doctors inputs… The first ER doctor that took a look at the MRI, was hopeful as she didn’t see an obvious tear, radiologist came back with full tear, 1st orthopedic surgeon gave the a non surgical advise, based on location, amount of separation and the latest research that he was aware of.  I got a second opinion from a highly recommended sports orthopedic surgeon to take the vacation and he would see me when I got back and determine best route forward.  I also consulted with my primary doctor who happen to tear his just a year ago and did have surgery.
Actions taken…  - Splinted with toes slightly down position and no weight bearing.  upon return from trip saw second surgeon and he reviewed MRI in detail and we spent quite a bit of time on the options and chose surgical approach.  had surgery yesterday…  14 days after injury, but was the best we could do given the situation.

At home now and the nerve block is wearing off, experiencing decent amount of pain (5 or 6) and taking vicoden and elevating constantly…  going ok.  Feel bad for my wife as she is doing everything, which used to be my job:)

Sorry for long note, but I have lots to say.  Please feel free to join in on my blog…  I’m hoping that it will be a combination of sharing info, learning from each other, and maybe a laugh or two…  My goals are to fully recover as quickly and safely as possible, and to do everything to not re-injure or tear the other one.   Got to go, my wife just came in from running the dog - never thought I would miss running.



4 Comments so far

  1. eyechilles on April 27, 2013 12:38 pm

    Hey DJ,

    Welcome to the ATR world my friend. I’m glad you went on the vacation and had a good time. I had a similar dilemma during my recovery and although I was nervous about going on a trip NWB it worked out fine and I had a blast. The first few days after surgery are the roughest but it gets much better. You will be out running again before you know it.

  2. dj22 on April 27, 2013 3:09 pm

    Thanks Eye. Glad to hear that I’m not the only crazy one going on trips NWB. Also, thanks for the encouragement on this 1st few days post op, I need it. The two weeks in between injury and surgery were mostly pain free for me, so wasn’t really ready for the throbbing and blue toes. Trying to limit pain killers, but that didn’t last long.

  3. ekiaer on April 27, 2013 5:54 pm

    DJ - sorry to hear about your injury, but rest assured, you have come to the right place. I’m about two weeks ahead of you - cast comes off on Tuesday. These first weeks are a bit of a slog, but remind yourself to slow down, keep the leg up and read up!

    I will be getting on a plane soon (I’m a consultant, so it’s sort of what I do for a living), so it’s good to hear everything went well for you.

    Good luck on the rehab. Oh, and buy some prune jouice - it will help counteract certain side effects of the drugs…;-)

  4. normofthenorth on April 27, 2013 7:45 pm

    Welcome! We’ve had a few people here — the one that pops to mind is achillesblog.com/johanna/ , a CT neighbor of yours! — who were on their way to delayed surgery, then got sidetracked when their surgeon noticed how far they’d come non-op, while waiting immobilized and NWB. For now, stay on top of the pain. Me, I moaned and groaned longer from my one ATR op than from either of two hernia surgeries or — believe it or not — open-heart surgery(!). So don’t be a hero, it usually hurts a lot. But you’ll probably be content with Tylenol in a few days.

    My wife also did all the work during my ATR rehabs (TWO of them!) — but then, I didn’t tear mine playing ball after promising her I wouldn’t! ;-)

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