Written on August 18, 2010 – 3:33 pm | by firstdayofsummer
So I went to see my OS for my 8 week check-up this morning and again was quite surprised by him!
If you recall, according to him I should still be in a cast at this time, yet at my last visit 3 weeks ago he told me to go FWB. Today he examined my tendon and told me to wean myself off the boot. I have been following the non-surgical protocol as provided by Norm, see details here:
That is, I have been following the protocol except for the early PT with a therapist since my OS would not give me a go ahead for it yet. He also pretended not to be aware of me following the protocol for the first 5-6 weeks (meaning he did not want to hear about it).
So today I am telling him that I’m not sure I’m ready for 2 shoes yet and his response was (Norm, you gonna love this one) ‘just continue following your protocol! You are doing great and are 4 weeks ahead of schedule so continue following it, that is wean yourself off the boot now’ Once again I was speachless!
Also, he told me to start driving again, ‘as soon as you want to’. Well thank you Sir but no thank you! My tendon is still very, very stiff and it’s the right tendon, so unless I’ve had a few sessions of PT I don’t think that’s in the interest of the public for me to drive around.
I am very excited to start my PT this week (both hydrotherapy and PT)….any tips as to which exercises to approach with caution at the beginning?
Oh and for anybody who ruptured around the same time….do not listen to the ‘4 weeks ahead of schedule’ stuff! Honestly I don’t even know what doctors base their timeline on, other then in my case the fact that he originally wanted to keep me in a cast for ‘at least 8 weeks’. According to Norm’s protocol on the other hand I am 6 weeks behind on my professional PT so I think we should just all listen to our tendons and do what feels right for us…..if it takes a couple of weeks longer so be it, rather safe then sorry is my mantra right now
Happy healing everybody.