Wonderful Achilles Community,
It is been 42 days since I was placed in my first cast. I get my second cast off this Wednesday November 19th, 2014. Yaaaaaahooo! I cannot not wait to wear a removable boot. I had a waterproof cast that made the entire process pretty civilized and easy to deal with, so all in all I was pretty happy. Still, a boot will be a great relief. I miss looking at my lower leg and foot!
Now I’m sitting here, with too much time on my hands, wondering when it will be safe to return to my job. I work at a fast-paced hospital with two of my weekly shifts being 12 hours long. I am up and down constantly and walking to and from lobbies that are anywhere from 100 feet to 200 yards away. Most of my time is face-to-face with patients, so I don’t have many moments to put my foot up if needed and many hours during the week I’m standing and teaching. I am unable to drag my knee caddy to the office due to the number of stairs and hills between my car and the entry point to my office so that’s out of the question. And at 6′4 you wouldn’t want me buzzing around the narrow hallways in fear of whacking someone and tumbling to the ground. Holy re-injury! And crutches would be even more tricky.
I’ve read some entries from our community but have still not found a clear answer asked about when it would be safe to return to work. Once I’m in 2 shoes? FWB without the need of crutches, knee caddies or iWalks? My Dr. had no clear direction indicating “it’s up to you.” While I like his flexibility, I need clear healthy direction. Come on now!
One big consideration is that I want to have the time to do the necessary physical therapy. Currently at six weeks, I’m doing upper body workouts 2x a week with a great trainer and it is making a world of difference for my sanity and health. Once I am in the boot, hopefully I will be starting physical therapy in addition to my training.
Does anyone in a similar position as me have any real life experiences to share? As always, I am very grateful for your assistance.
Here is to all of us having a successful, speedy recovery!