I can definitely tell I’m not very good at sitting around all day. The few weeks after surgery have been the hardest. Pretty much the same routine, get up, sit with leg elevated above my heart (which can definitely tell the difference between elevating above the heart and just elevating), watch movies, read book, review everyone’s blog on Achillesblog.com. The worst is having to get up to do anything, as I get this rush of blood down my leg that just makes my leg very uncomfortable. Not sure if that’s normal or not.
I ended up taking the Percocet for about 2 days after surgery, then had to get off them, they make me feel very strange, almost loopy, plus didn’t really like the constipation side effect. I’m still taking the antibiotics (Cepholexin?) and have been for about 3 weeks. I’ve had about 3 post op visits with the OS to look at the incision, he was a little concerned about one of the stitches and getting an infection, so that’s why I’ve been on the antibiotics for so long. Has anyone else been on them for that period of time? Anything else I can do to help with this?
So last Monday, I had another visit to the Doc office and we had just gotten a foot of snow over the weekend. I knew I needed to be very careful getting into the Doctors office. I took a long time to make it thru the parking lot, but successfully made it into the entry of the office. Excited that I made it in, it didn’t even occur to me that the bottom of my crutches were still wet going thru the parking lot. I started to make my way to the front desk and as I was crutching along, I placed my left crutch on the tile and down I went. As I was caught off guard, I tried to brace myself with my bad foot, that was a mistake. I immediately felt the pain and backed off. As I laid on the ground, I felt this strong burning sensation on the back of the incision. There were several people around me asking me questions but all I could think about was hoping I didn’t reinjure myself. The burning sensation only lasted maybe 5 minutes or so, then it was just some heel pain and pain the rest of the day. Is that similar to what other people have felt after a fall? Good hing is it happened before I met the Doc, so he was able to check it right after. He indicated he doesn’t have X-ray vision, but it felt like everything was in tact and I was able to put some pressure on it, without just the normal tightness. I did open up one of the stitches a bit, so had some bleeding, which he wanted to keep an eye on. He didn’t seem too concerned about my Achilles as much as the open stitch. Should I have an MRI done or just go down the road. Feels fine now, but just not sure what others have done after a fall. He did take all the stitches out other than the one or two around the open wound.
Definitely getting tired of crutches and can’t wait to start putting some weight back on my foot and slowly getting off the crutches.