Today marks the four week, 1 day anniversary of my ATR. Wednesday will be four weeks since my surgery.
This morning, I got my cast off and was put into a boot.
My observations are this:
1.) My foot and ankle are much more swollen and bruised than I though that they would be. Doctor said that they would be like this for another six months. I had not expected that.
2.) The boot is much larger, heavier and hotter than the cast. I almost miss it.
3.) I did not know that strips of skin would come off with the steri-strips that were covering my incision. (These were put on three weeks ago when they took out my staples and put on the second cast).
4.) My incision is not completely closed. I just assumed that four weeks would be time for the skin to knit, but I guess when it is enclosed in a moist, airless environment, it just doesn’t heal.
5.) Tomorrow’s shower will include apricot pit exfoliating scrub to get rid of all of the dead skin on my leg and foot (ewww). Although I am not going near my incision.
Physical therapy starts next Monday (two to three times a week). My PT is only five blocks from my house. That is within walking distance - that is IF I could walk, of course.
Doctor did not say whether or not I should keep my foot in the boot at all times (although he did say that I need to sleep with it on). But, my foot feels extremely weak and vulnerable. And twitchy - very, very twitchy - so I don’t think I will be without the boot very often.
However, right now, I am sitting on the couch with my leg naked on a pillow. The heat index here is 106 degrees and even though I am sucking up the air conditioning, the thought of putting my leg in that hot, heavy boot right now makes my foot sweat. Besides, how is my incision ever going to heal if it isn’t exposed to the air?