Jul 13 2011

Inside Ankle Bone Pain (Day 77 / July 13)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 11 (July 7-13)

I am 11 weeks from ATR surgery.  I got out of my boot on July 1 and have been in two shoes since.  Since about July 4, I have had a pain located on the upper (toward the knee) portion of my “inside” ankle bone.  If anything, the pain radiates upward, but not that much.  It does seem to hurt when I raise my toes up and feels like it comes on in a “stretching” fashion. 

My PT says not to worry about it.  It has not gotten better or worse.  Has anyone had pain similar to this at this stage in ATR recovery?

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Jul 01 2011

2 Shoes Baby! (Day 65 / July 1)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 10 (June 30-July 6

Just had post-op visit with Doc and I am cleared for 2 shoes.  Been cheating the last few days with two shoes and has felt pretty good but not great.  Doc gave me heal lifts and those definitely help so I wish I had been wearing them the last week or so.  Only need 6 more weeks of PT and then I am done.  Best words of the visit from the Doc were “I’m OK with golf…”.  I am still going to take the conservative route on golf and wait two more weeks before going to the range.  Then it will be another 3 weeks after that before playing.

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Jun 10 2011

When Can I Golf? (Day 44 / June 10)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 7 (June 9-15)

I need some info on when people started trying to play golf.  How long did it take you to go to the range after you got the boot off?  How long did it take to play a round of golf?  What are the risks/things to watch out for on the course?  Are there any wraps for your ankle that are best?

I have a golf outing the first week of August.  The first day of the outing will be exactly 100 days since surgery so I am not even half way there yet.

Let me know…..I need to get to the range…..

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May 29 2011

Am I Paranoid? (Day 32 / May 29)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 5 (May 26-June 1)


Got walking cast off on Monday and into boot.  Did non-rigorous physical therapy on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (some stretching exercises and 10 mins on a stationary bike).  Stumbled for a second on Thursday night on my carpet at home and felt a quick, sharp twinge about half way up my calf.  It was quick and did not last.  It did not feel like my original rupture.  Beginning Saturday I have been having some aches and pains and dont feel like I can do some of my range of motion exercises like I was during the week.  Did some icing which helped but my ankle is definitely not swollen.

My big concern is doing the one range of motion exercise where you lay your foot straight out in front of you and lift the top of your foot so you can feel your achilles tendon stretch.  Monday- Friday I could feel it stretch but now I dont feel it as much.  Have I just loosened it up by doing exercises all week or did I do some damage to it when I stumbled on Thursday?  Would I know if I re-ruptured it?  Are these aches and pains just from doing PT 3 times in 4 days?

Any advice/input would help.

Thanks everyone….

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May 25 2011

Cast Away (Day 28 / May 25)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 4 (May 19-25)

I had my second post-op visit with the surgeon Monday, May 23.  They removed the walking cast and inspected the incision and said everything was good to go.  I was put back in the walking boot and told I could put full weight on it.  I am now down to one crutch/boot for long distances and just the boot for moving around my house and at work.  The only restriction I have is that I cannot do full weight on it without the boot.

Welcome back long last foot…..

They gave me info for physical therapy and of course I immediately made an appointment for the same day.  I will be going 3x a week for 4 weeks and then 2x a week for another 3 months.  I’m sure it will get tougher but so far so good.  They gave me some exercises to do at home to increase the range of motion and get the blood flowing.  The highlight was that I actually got to ride a stationery bike today for 10 minutes.  Even though there was no resistance on it, it was great.

LESSON LEARNED - You will definitely feel reluctant to move your foot at all with the boot off but once you get over it mentally, it is no big deal….you will be surprised at how much you can move it.  Also, make sure to start working your other leg to build it back up, my therapist said that he has seen cases where people push too much during therapy and wind up snapping the good leg’s achilles.

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May 09 2011

Really???? (Day 12 / May 9)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 2 (May 5-11)

So I went for my first post-op visit and was pleasently surprised.  They took out the stitches and it was really nice to see my foot again.  There was no swelling or bruising and they said the wound looked great.  They took off the old cast and put on a new one that is much smaller and more comfortable.  They also gave me a shoe to go over it (see below).

Then came the good part….my Doctor said that I should use a right crutch for a few days but I was cleared to put “full weight” on my ankle!!!  I asked him 4 times if he was sure and he said yes, that the cast would protect me.  Obviously he wants me to take it slow but it was great news.  I haven’t yet tried putting “full weight” on it because I am a little nervous but I will give it a go with the crutches tonight.

In two weeks I go back to get this cast removed and into the walking boot so I can start physical therapy.  After a month I should be ready to go back to 2 shoes.

LESSON LEARNED:  Don’t lose your spirit…there is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train!!!!

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May 02 2011

Back to Work (Day 5 / May 2)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 1 (April 28-May 4)

Went back to work today and things went pretty well.  Make sure to re-arrange your office so you can elevate your foot.  Fortunately I will be able to work from home a couple days each week.  I am going to take off all Fridays in May so that puts me in the office two days a week.

LESSON LEARNED - Don’t force it but getting back to work makes you feel a bit more normal so try it when you are ready.

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Apr 30 2011

Pain Scale (Day 2 / April 29)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 1 (April 28-May 4)

Today my pain subsided a lot.  If yesterday was a 9, today was a 3.  It basically felt like it did before surgery, only a little bit sharper.  I was able to get off the pain medicine (Nocor) by 700 a.m.  and that helped because the side effects made me dizzy and out of breath whenever I got out of bed.  I took a couple of tylenol at 430 p.m. and then again before bed. 

I did move around a little today which helped.  Of course, whenever you stop elevating the blood rushes down your leg and there is some pain but it is bearable.  Overall, this was a good day.

LESSON LEARNED - Make sure to research side effects of the pain medication they give you.

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Apr 29 2011

No Pain, No Gain (Day 1 / April 28)

Published by jaybird17 under Week 1 (April 28-May 4)

While I slept surprisingly well last night, the pain did arrive today and it was pretty bad.  It basically felt like my calf was in a vice.  You just have to deal with it….. 


I did take a shower today which felt good.  I used the garbage bag method but have a cast cover coming tomorrow and that will make things easier.  I have been surprised how easy it has been to take naps and fall asleep at night and that is encouraging. 


The good news today was two-fold; first, the “roll-a-bout” arrived (see below).  It is basically like a little scooter that makes little things like getting something to drink (although no beer….yet) and going to the bathroom much easier.  Second, the Bears got the guy they needed in the draft – an offensive lineman from Wisconsin named Greg Carimi.   


LESSON LEARNED – Rent yourself a roll-a-bout, it is worth it!!! 





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Apr 29 2011

Surgery Day

Published by jaybird17 under Surgery

Surgery for my ruptured achilles tendon was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 27 so we arrived at the hospital around 8:30 a.m. The hospital staff and my wife were great at keeping me relaxed and comfortable. I got a nerve block and some feel good anesthesia so the last thing I remembered was lying on my stomach and shutting my eyes. When I awoke I was being wheeled back to my room with my brand new cast. My whole leg was numb and I could not move my toes. It was a strange feeling having your brain send a signal and then not being able to do it.

I got back home around 12:45 p.m. and immediately elevated my leg. I had a little lunch and just relaxed. I kept having to go to the bathroom and couldn’t figure out why because I only had a sip of water and a diet coke after surgery. Then I realized I had an IV so that ended that mystery. The rest of the day was very relaxing thanks to my wife who has been a saint. I am supposed to try out a “roll-a-bout” tomorrow and am hopeful it will be better than the crutches. My surgeon is kind of a character and he sent my wife before and after pictures of my ankle while I was on the operating table. I’m no doctor but it was clear from the pictures that I needed some surgery.  My surgeon also performed ATR surgery on Mike Brown of the Bears (one of my favorite all time players) so I decided to wear my M. Brown jersey to the hospital for moral support. 

The highlight of my day was reading three stories to my 2 ½ year old daughter when she got back from her Grandparents house. She made me a little card and her smile made me feel like everything was going to be just fine.

LESSON LEARNED: Take your pain pills BEFORE the pain starts.

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