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Week two!

Well as I know a long road to recovery was to be expected. Knowing and hearing constantly from people its a marathon not a sprint. I felt in the drivers seat and ready for the long ride ahead, until day 13.

I had arrived at the hospital for my first post op appointment with pain and discomfort fairly less marginalized. Feeling pretty optimistic in regards to the removal of first splint/cast/stitches removed and into the new boot. Hoped in a cab, headed over the bridge, just moments away was a fresh new start.

Arrived at hospital now just need to find the right place to go, better ask at information.

“Third floor elevator is at the end of the floor on your left.” Thank you mam.”

!!F*&^!**^K  The second I turned and put my crutches to the ground bam right crutch slips on the wet floor….. Yup splat on my face and what a yank I felt…….  yes the injured tendon. Pretty much straight to tears not so much from the pain but that I just spent two weeks babying my leg,  not putting so much as an ounce of weight on it.  Thinking its done back to square one.

Well I’m in the right place and my surgeon was on the third floor and just preying its not re-ruptured. Man did it hurt like hell. An orderly was near by and got me into a wheelchair. Lady at info desk never got out of her chair and even asked if I was okay.

Got to reception at third floor finding it only gets worse that my surgeon was not there and appointment was rescheduled. So back down to emergency and literally in the same seat same pain as two weeks ago. Now waiting for another doctor from my surgeons office to examine my achilles to arrive.

Doctor finally arrives cuts off the cast and observes and performs I guess whats called the Thompson test. Squeezing my calf to see if the foot moves. He says it does I don’t really notice maybe a hair if it did. All I can feel is the pain pretty much as bad as I’ve felt. He again says it takes a lot to re-tear and hes 95% its okay. Says an x-ray MRI or ultra sound won’t show anything at this stage because the original injury/surgery is still such a mess.

Honestly I am still in shock and so disappointed and depressed at this stage and just hope he is right. He was able to still get me into the boot which I was somewhat excited about but my leg was so sore it didn’t feel any better at all. When putting the boot on with the boot technician I was on my stomach and he did some more tests, squeezing of calf again and moving of foot saying it would hurt etc and again said he saw my foot move. Which I guess is good news.

Doctor saying I should come back in 5 days to see my surgeon and get it looked at and stitches removed then.

I am trying to be ever so optimistic. The pain honestly is still brutal feels as though I never had the surgery at all. I hope he is right and its just very tender and pain will subside in a day or so. I just was getting into a total comfort zone. Crutching around with less swelling sleeping and laying down with very little pain.

Oh man I still gotta a long way to go. Not even thinking marathon now. Just get me back to the comfort zone!

Hope the next post is more promising.

Steve.

2 Responses to “Week two!”

  1. sheena Says:

    Hi Steve,
    I am 15 days in a cast going down the non op route but yesterday I had a bad cramp and I feel as though my tendon has been tugged at. I haven’t been stitched so I’m worried that the tiniest tug has reversed any healing I might have so I really feel for you too. I doubt if your stitches have torn. Isn’t this uncertainty awful. I have been warned about wet surfaces. Hope it heals well.

  2. kimjax Says:

    Sheena and Steve - I’m so sorry for all your early troubles - every pain and trip/fall freaks me out and makes me think I’ve re-ruptured. If it makes you feel better, I had pretty severe pain at several miss-steps on crutches and everything is still ok. Jerking it around at an early stage just shakes up already irritated tissue. At 5 weeks, I’ve survived a bad cramp and a couple falls without harm. Hoping the same for you! Kim

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