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I’m not Sleeping

September 8th, 2010 · 11 Comments


It is now 12:51am Central Time Zone, here in Washington, Illinois.

I know I should be asleep upstairs with the wife, under the covers of the bed. But instead, I’m downstairs here on the couch with my leg in the cast, propped up with a couple of pillows to help ease the swelling.

I can’t understand why I’m getting all worked up about this cast; its only been on for 3 weeks. I have basically only a week and 6 days left until I visit the surgeon and have it removed. But I don’t know how I’m going to make it. I don’t remember being this freaked out 10 months ago when I had the cast on the other foot; after having the same surgery done on the Achilles. I have had less pain with this foot over the other one. I’ve been able to move around easier too. But for some unknown reason I just have this urge to cut the silly thing off myself.

I know I’ll heal up just fine. I know I’ll be walking again too. BUT what is causing me to have this much cast-o-phobia?

Uuurrrrrrgggggg!! I just got to find a way to make it through this, I can’t wait to be rid of the cast and start PT.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bradannarbor // Sep 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I suspect that because you have less pain and you move around better this time, you feel that the cast is holding you back. (maybe it is)

    I have my aircast with wedges on but based on how I feel without the aircast i want to start pulling the wedges out!! i havent done so but i am very tempted.

    you are ahead of the game, so put your leg (back) up and enjoy it

  • 2 kaston // Sep 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

    as someone that just got into 2 shoes after being in casts for 6 weeks, i feel your pain. play some video games, watch a movie, go for a beer (or 10) with some friends, anything to take your mind off the cast. it’ll be off in no time. hang in there, it gets better

  • 3 normofthenorth // Sep 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Chris, aren’t you the guy I remember signing off a few dozen times with something about “Take it easy — remember, slow and steady wins this race!”?

    Maybe you should sit in a Lotus position and chant that to yourself, slowly, over and over. . .

    Mind you, I’m no fan of casts for ATR rehab — so don’t blame ME!! Boots are way better, IMHO.

    At 3 weeks in this time through, without surgery, I was mostly enjoying my short periods out of the boot, wiggling my foot in the air, getting ~weekly PT, and wiping down with rubbing alcohol or sponge bathing, etc. A little nervous, but mostly enjoying them.

  • 4 "Frouchie" or "Grouchie", or just "Chris" // Sep 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Yes……I said it, and I say it to myself each and every day.

    “Slow and Steady Wins This Race”

    Thanks for everyone being here…it is good knowing we are here to help each other to get through this time in our lives.

  • 5 Pouting!!!!!!! // Sep 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

    4 weeks I wish-been in a cast since Aug 5 and was scheduled to have it removed Sept 28-now the Dr is going to a seminar and I have to wait until Oct 7-not a happy camper. Tried all kind of arguments including cutting it off myself, but was told if I or anyone else cut it off and a complication arouse they wouldn’t handle it!

  • 6 2ndtimer // Sep 17, 2010 at 5:55 am

    typical doctor’s attitude … whats an extra 9 days of suffering?
    I guess the lotus position as Norm suggested is the solution…

  • 7 philc // Sep 24, 2010 at 7:22 am

    in your original post you said

    “But for some unknown reason I just have this urge to cut the silly thing off myself.”

    i swear i only got to 3 weeks since op today and i have thought this smae thought about 20 times including this morning while bathing with the leg hanging out of the bath !!!!!

    This injury has made us all MAD !!!!! :>)

  • 8 Pouting!!!!!!! // Sep 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I now know for sure it’s been too long. Hubby dropped me off at drug store and ran to pick up something at the grocery store. Forgot to pick me up on the way home!!!!!!!

  • 9 Pouting // Sep 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I really need some advice. When I scheduled surgery I cleared my vacation plans to Vegas with the Dr-of course he said no problems even though I’d be in a boot. We’re leaving Oct 24th and because of a seminar he decided to go to I’m still in cast until Oct 4th. ( 9 weeks) with my first PT the same day. From what I’ve been reading this may be a problem. Any suggestions?

  • 10 Dave // Sep 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    good luck! I’m two days out of a 4 week cast in a boot and hurts like hell. I had a complete rupture complicated by dislocated peraneal tendon. You may not be able to get aroung without crutches, still have swelling, lots of atrophy muscle- my advice save the trip for another time and save yourself the frustration. Hang in there.

  • 11 normofthenorth // Sep 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Pouting, I bet you’ll be fine, walking fast in Vegas in your boot. You’ll probably even feel ready to ditch the boot by then!

    There’s a big difference between your vacation timing (12 weeks post-op, 3 wks out of cast) and Dave’s (4 weeks post-op, 2 days out of cast).

    Dave, I bet you’ll be walking pretty well in less than a week yourself.

    No guarantees — ever! — and it may seem incredible now, but that’s how it worked out for most of us, with or without surgery.

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