Hi everybody. I would like to say that all the blogs and information on the net has really helped me through this period. Some information that I was looking for i couldn’t find so I’ll start with that first. I am 45 years young and reasonably healthy (carrying a few extra kilos though). I ruptured my left tendon playing basketball on April 21. Normal reaction of “who the hell kicked me!” and could not put weight on my toes. I have been injured lots playing, rolled ankles, torn and sprained calf muscles,corked thighs and they all seemed to hurt more than the ruptured tendon. I dont like doctors or hospitals and being used to pain I just left it. Limping around it started to hurt less and after a week it just ached if I walked too much, after 2 weeks it didn’t hurt at all but i was still limping, could not put any weight on my toes but i could fell tension if I tried. I then thought that it might be partly ruptured and after reading many posts on the net decided to see a doctor. I had an Ultrasound on June 6 which confirmed I had a full rupture.
I saw my surgeon on June 10 and he recommended surgery the next day. Awesome , no time to worry or get nervous.
Arrived at the hospital at 9.00 for surgery at 11.00. The anethetist recommended the spinal ga as a better option, I could be awake and talk but might feel some tugging on the leg otherwise they would give me GA with a tube down my throat to help me breathe, but laying on your stomach is not really comfortable. As it was when they went to put the spinal in they gave me something to calm me down, the next thing i remember is waking up on my stomach with them getting ready to roll me over. I had slept through the whole thing!
The one good thing about spinal is that my whole lower body was numb for about 12 hours, so no pain at all, he also put a bit of morphine in as well to help with the pain. Stayed in hospital overnight and in the morning still had hardly any pain. The Doctor had fut my leg in a backslab cast (From back of knee to the toes in a hockey stick shape) wrapped in a bandage. This helps with the swelling as the bandage can expand, it is lighter than a full cast and I can scratch most of my itches!
My only medicines are panadeine forte for the pain ( which there isn’t much of), antibiotics to stave off any infection and a blood thinner(CLEXANE, to stop blod clots) which I have to self administer with a prepackaged needle into my stomach fat. Not that fun, my wife sqeezes the fat together while I inject ( she nearly faints)
At home now I have Set up my “Nest” in the loungeroom. I have my chair set up in front of the plasma with a footrest. A table next to me for remotes and munchies, the laptop on the otherside, books in a pile, my guitar handy and a stack of DVD’s.
Most of my house is tiles so I had a tall office chair up in my shed which has roller wheels. I crutch myself to the chair and roll around the kitchen and back area. My foot is not weight bearing and feels fine. I can access the coffee machine, pantry, fridge, microwave, plates and cups. This way I can make my own breakfast and lunch and my wife doesn’t have to do everything for me. I made an Omlette for braekfast this morning. I don’t stay on the chair too long because it gets tiring letting the foot hang after a while. But it is independence and I think it makes you happier and helps you heal faster.
When I’m sleeping i normally rest my leg on a pillow, only because it feels alot more comfotable that way.
I go back to the doctor on Jun 23 to get stitches out and get fitted with a boot and than start weight bearing and excercises. He looks like he wants a fairly aggressive approach to rehabilitation which is fine by me. After reading lots of posts on the net there are widely varying thoughts by doctors on how long to leave the leg in plaster, boots etc. Read up alot and make up your own mind.
One of the only problems is its winter here in Australia and weve had a cold snap. With my toes sticking out of the cast I had to cut up a work sock to cover my toes to keep them warm.
All the best for now I wll keep you posted from the Land Down Under