Archive for May, 2012

May 30 2012

10 weeks post-op, come on 12!!

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I was very fortunate in that I found this website the day after box jumps took me down. I have read on several people’s blogs that 12 weeks post op and non op, is the “magic” week where your Achilles is considered healed and the rates of re rupture begin to drop. Over the last 10 weeks I have looked forward to ditching the cast and getting in the boot, PWB, FWB, and finally 2 shoes. Now the number 12 flashes in my mind constantly. I know I won’t be completely out of the woods when that magic day comes, but for some reason I think I will be able to breath a little easier knowing I have hit the 12 week mark.
So…a little update on my progress. I am now walking about the house in two shoes full time, for the most part. I put the boot back on if I’m doing something I feel could be hazardous to my tendon, such as lugging around the vacuum, or mopping the floor. Don’t want to slip! When I go outside I wear the boot. My walk, in two shoes, is very slow, but improving every day. The first few days I was just playing catch up. That is, I would take a step with the bad foot and “catch up” with the good foot. Now my good foot can go past catching up and I can go heel to toe. I hope that in another week I will be able to take my good foot farther past the bad foot, but right now the tendon is just too stiff. I started using a recumbent stationary bike. The first day I only made it 5 minutes before my ankle felt to wobbly to continue. Today I made it 20 minutes and burned 38 calories. (go me, ha ha). The best cardio I have found so far is to play Just Dance on the Wii, with my son. My kids crack up watching me bust a move with my big ol space boot on. :-D That’s all for now. As always, I hope everyone is having a good healing day and welcome to our newest members! It does get better!

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May 27 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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Hope everyone has a good holiday weekend. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you realize the sacrifices others have made for your freedom. Thank you to anyone and everyone on this blog that has served our country!!

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May 08 2012

7 weeks post op appt….That’s it?!?!

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Today is 7 weeks since I had surgery and I had a follow up appt with my Dr. He gave me a stretchy band to use to work out my foot and two wedges to put in my shoes. He said to walk in the shoe, with the wedges, for one hour today. Then go back in the boot. If it feels ok then I am to spend 2 hours in the shoe tomorrow and then go back to the boot. I am supposed to increase the time spent in my shoes by one hour each day, unless it starts to hurt. If it hurts I’m supposed to repeat the previous days hours spent in a shoe. Once I am able to walk in the shoes full time for a week I am to take out one wedge and walk with the remaining wedge for 2 weeks before I can walk in just shoes. He says this entire process will take around 2 months. He is not going to send me to physical therapy, he just wants me to increase resistance on my foot using the band he gave me. He also says he does not need to see me again. Really? This is all the instruction I am to be given? I am frustrated, confused, and feel abandoned. For the first time since this happened I can not find a happy place. I have been all over this blog in the last 2 months and I read about people going to physical therapy, working towards 1 legged heel raises, etc. I have been given a band and wedges and been dismissed. The Dr. had me push on his hand with the ball of my foot and said I had some good strength (that’s good) and he doesn’t think I need physical therapy (I don’t know if I agree with that). Thank goodness for this blog or I would be completely lost. I will be searching this site for exercises that others have done to strengthen their calf. Any exercise tips would be much appreciated.
I have also read about people needing deep tissue massages to break up scar tissue. I have one bump that I asked him about. He felt it and said it was pretty small (again, good) and I should be able to massage it out myself (ok…..). Guess I’ll be researching that as well!

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