8 Weeks Post Op - Steady As She Goes

April 20, 2012

Here I am at 8 weeks post op, things are going okay but some frustration is starting to kick in now, I have not been blogging for a week or so and have been catching up with how everyone is doing today. I guess I have been having an off week and trying to ignore my foot and boot, get on with some work and other activities and put it out of my mind. It is strange how this thing messes with your mind a little bit!

Focus was returned yesterday when I went to my 5th PT session. It went okay, down to one wedge in my aircast boot now, I am allowed to carefully wear shoes in the house and other ’safe’ places if I feel comfortable. My range of motion is good, I can flex up past 90 degrees now and it does not feel too tight but when walking without shoes it brings home the work that I have to do from this point forwards, which seems a bit scary. My PT says ‘now the real effort of rehab can begin’ and I can start to get some strength back into my leg and this is no understatement, my leg feels week and prone to damage, a strange feeling!

I guess on reflection I underestimated this element of the process, I thought that at 8 weeks I would feel more normal. Still, I am determined that after the next few weeks I can do some leisurely cycling on my bike to help with the process and next week at PT I have the all clear to do some cycling on the recumbant bike, but my PT wants me to do stretches every 2 hours to try to improve my ROM during this week.

I miss driving, my wife drives me everywhere and I am not a good passenger, at least that is what I have been told! I have a manual (stick shift) right hand drive car so have to be able to do an emergency stop before being given the all clear to drive, a few weeks to go yet I think. Still, with the cost of fuel here in the UK at the moment maybe this is not a bad thing.

That is all for now, happy healing to all.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mrboro  |  April 20th, 2012 at 12:22

    Don’t worry, if the fuel strike happens no-one will be able to drive in the UK… Good luck with your recovery!

  • 2. James  |  April 20th, 2012 at 14:46

    hi there, glad to hear you are progressing, i am now in my first day of post op and having some serious pain, kind of takes me back to the injury itself!

    all the best

  • 3. Janus  |  April 20th, 2012 at 23:32

    Hey, one wedge down is progress! I hear you about the walking. I’m finishing 3 months post surgery now, say 13 weeks, and walking normally is still on the task list.

    So yes, it can remind you how far you have yet to go. But I also recall pretty vividly how difficult simple grocery shopping was just a few weeks back. So that’s the other side of it. You’re moving forward.

    Sometimes the gains don’t occur or aren’t noticeable day-to-day. & after a while, it slows down even week to week. But if you can remember what it was like a month ago or so, you’ll have a lot to be encouraged about.

    All the best w/ it.

  • 4. normofthenorth  |  April 21st, 2012 at 04:25

    At every stage of my ATR recovery — NWB, PWB, FWB, & 2 shoes — shopping ALWAYS seemed to be the most surprisingly difficult and exhausting activity!! Even when I had a shopping cart to lean on, it always seemed brutal. I still don’t know why.

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