August 3, 2012
Well, I hobbled around for 3 days before my surgeon could see me. I kept the ankle wrapped in clean gauze and an ACE bandage to keep it somewhat immobilized. It’s weird - at first, the injury was only mildly painful, and I still had good dorsi- and plantarflexion. But as time crept on the pain increased. I got some significant bruising on my lateral ankle and dorsiflexing at all was very painful. I was back on my crutches/scooter, and reminded how terrible non-weight-bearing is. It really is awful.
A couple bad experiences while not immobilized: 1) when I start to fall asleep, my legs kick (I’m one of those weirdos). Every time they did this my calf muscles contracted and pulled on my retorn tendon. Not a fun way to fall asleep. 2) Trying to take stairs too quickly on crutches and falling down 5-6 steps. My wife, who weighs a little more than half of me, was at the landing below, and tried to catch me. It did not end well for her. She said that she would have felt terrible if she had just moved out of the way though. Just ended with some cuts and scrapes after that one.
Anyways, went to my orthopod yesterday. They confirmed the rerupture with the Thompson’s test. He said the defect isn’t as large as the first time, whatever that means, but he recommends surgical repair. He was less than sympathetic. I asked him if maybe I had been weakening the repair with all the walking I had been doing, since I had started having increased pain around my ankle. He said that no, that was a normal part of the rehab process, and I probably just overstressed it with my jump into the water. Ugh. Anyways, I got out of there with a new leg apparatus, which surprisingly is one that he never gave me during my initial recovery.
The weird thing is, it keeps me closer to neutral, which is more painful then just a splint with equinus.
If there’s any advice I can give to those in recovery, it’s not to rush the rehab process. It’s actually the same advice that the guy who sold me my knee scooter gave me, and I clearly summarily ignored. Don’t think that you’re going to be to 100% in 2 months. It just doesn’t happen. Take your time. It’s not worth throwing 8-10 weeks away.
I’m heading down to Houston in 2 days and am seeing a new orthopod down there. I assume he’ll also recommend surgery, which I assume I will have. It’s frustrating to basically waste 10-14 days in the walker before going to the OR, but I guess we have to do what we have to do. Another update to follow that appointment.