Some notes and thoughts

Throughout this whole ordeal I keep thanking that I live in a place with free health care.  Thanks Canada!  I cant imagine having to make decisions that relate to your health based on how much you can afford.  I keep watching CNN with people bashing obamacare.  Once its up and running it will be one of the greatest things to ever happen to the country.  Healthcare is universal and top care should not be reserved for the richest citizens.

I have also applied for short term disability from the federal government as I have been off since the 20th of November.  Will take a while to get my first cheque.  In the mean time I will dip into my savings.  Again very glad I live in Canada and that there is short term disability available.  Will hopefully be back at work maybe sometime next week.  All depends on how I feel.  I work in the engineering department of a communications company, so I am out of the office on site quite a bit.  I will have to talk with my boss about modified work, etc. for when I return.

My girlfriend, friends and parents have been amazing throughout this whole ordeal.  My girlfriend who I live with [just moved in together in September] has been amazing.  She is a nurse at a local children’s hospital so she has been good with asking medical questions and giving me great advice.  She has assumed all duties around the house and cleans up after me and basically does everything.  I try to do what I can but im pretty limited.  Shes already getting tired of taking care of me and I know it cant be easy for her.  GOD I cant wait to be healthy again.

Started looking into physiotherapy for after the cast comes off.  Its expensive but hopefully will have about $500-$1000 covered by work.  Will have to dip deeper into my savings to pay for that.  Its also difficult to find a place that I open after regular business hours [9-5] so I imagine ill be taking some early days off from work to make my appointments.  All in all if I do about 4-6 months of rehab it should run me about $4000.

Ive pretty much mastered the bath by now.  Wrap a garbage bag around my cast and tape it up.  I miss having showers but baths will have to do for the next couple months.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ron on December 2nd, 2013

    Hi James,

    Congrats on having free healthcare. LOL. That’s a good thing. Looks like you are off to a great start, so keep up the good work - and thank god for friends and the Women in our lives. :-)

    Norm is also from Canada and I’m sure he is chime in (he is the man).

    Good luck and keep us posted.

  2. normofthenorth on December 3rd, 2013

    Ya, James, I’m in Toronto, had BOTH my ATRs treated here — first one surgically, second one non-op. Where are you, and which way did you go?

    If you can install the ATR Timeline Widget (links on the Main Page), we’ll all see some of those FAQ-answers and more (like how long it’s been, and what stage of recovery you’re at).

    I think PT is still partly covered by OHIP here in Ontario, though it still costs maybe $65-75 a visit. I’ve been impressed with the medical system in Toronto, anyway — though I do recommend Sports-Medicine specialists for ATR care — especially since they’re more likely to use modern fast rehab protocols.

  3. jamesmcgwire on December 4th, 2013

    Hi Norm and Ron,

    Have installed a few of the widgets on the side,
    A few quick details. 28y/o, playing football, went in for surgery last week.


    Im also from Toronto, got surgery done at Toronto western by dr.veljkovic. She was pretty good. Only really saw her for about 10 mins at a time.

    I have one pressing question. She told me im getting my cast off after about 2 weeks on the 13th of December and will be put into a boot. I have no idea what ill be getting as far as a boot goes from the hospital and haven’t really been able to find out from a few calls placed to the hospital.

    I did however look online and have seen great review on the vasocast Achilles/pro. I talked to my insurance company and they will cover it with a prescription and my doctors secretary said that the doctor would most certainly write a prescription. You think the vasocast is the way to go given all the above info?



  4. hillie on December 4th, 2013

    Hi James

    Welcome to the club, and my apologies to Norm and Ron for barging in a question addressed to them.

    From my own experience last year, the answer is “yes”. Into the Vaco boot after 2 weeks is spot on and hopefully the rest of your rehab protocol is as well structured.

    I don’t write much here these days but wanted to copy one of my favourite links as a comparison for you.

    Norm and Ron will probably be along soon with lots of other good tips. For now, good luck, hope to see you in 2 shoes in 6 - 8 weeks time.

  5. hillie on December 4th, 2013

    Whoops, you need to moderate my post through your blog dashboard.

  6. thelifechangingpop on December 4th, 2013

    Hi James I’ve been using the pro-achilles vacocast and am now FWB following surgery on the 28th october. I think it’s a brilliant boot, had a generic moonboot for the first few days post op which just didn’t work for me. Have been back at work, I have my own vet clinic, 3 days a week since Monday.
    I think most of us who have followed an early rehab protocol have done well, regardless of the boot used. Gentle healing. Jen

  7. kimc on December 4th, 2013

    Hi James,

    I had a generic boot which was uncomfortable, especially when I walked for exercise. It rubbed on all the sore spots. If I’d had to be in a boot much longer, I would have sprung for the Vaco boot. From what I’ve read in so many other blogs, you can walk a lot for exercise with the Vaco boot.

    Best of luck to you! It sounds like you have some really great people in your life! - Kim

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