End of February 2008
After a couple of weeks dealing with the splint, constant elevation and medication, the splint is off for good, hopefully. MD was happy with the incision/healing. Kinda nice to know that all is good with the wound healing and stitches. (I met another ATR patient who had an infection festering under the cast. When the cast came off the MD had to clean the wound out and resuture.)
I was just glad to see that medieval splint get tossed like yesterday’s paper.
Back into the vacoped @ 30 degrees. Did anyone else get the vacoped? The weird thing is how when the boot is in that much plantar flexion, there is a “notch” on the bottom part of the boot that articulates and presses on the lower part of my Achilles, closer to the heel. Does anyone else have this issue?
(Now, @ 4 months out, I have a small mass of scar tissue that is just above where that notch pressed. Very persistent, and hasn’t reduced with scar tissue massage or mederma. Trust me my PT has worked on it pretty hard. I don’t know if it relates to that notch’s pressure, but I can’t think of anyting else. A few PT’s in the clinic had a discussion about whether direct, continuous pressure had an effect on excessive scar tissue generation. No conclusions.)
Night time sports dreams have been the worst. I’m a big twitcher when falling asleep. Pretty awful when you get the gastroc twitch…