Plaster off tomorrow!

Leg’s feeling indestructible currently in it’s fibre-glass casing. But I’m sure that once the protection is removed tomorrow afternoon I’ll be a little nervous at first. Can’t wait though!

Thought I should also post my back story…

Like dazf (who’s blog I’ve just been reading) mine also was a footy injury. Happened 9th Aug in a pre-season friendly (just helping out Taplow Utd 3rds!). Hobbled around for nearly a week, because I couldn’t believe that is was anything more than a sprain. Eventually saw a nurse practitioner at the MIU at Heatherwood Hospital (Ascot) on the Friday and she diagnosed ATR and sent me to A&E at Wexham Park Hospital (Slough). Consultant at Wexham starts talking about surgery option - now I’m in shock! Temporary cast applied by sister (Emma) in A&E, with a gully down the front for swelling. Instantly took to using crutches!

They called me back 24 hrs later for the op on Sunday (17th). One of Mr Anjarwalla’s team informed me about the 3-3-3 (equinus/semi equinus/fwb) weeks in plaster post op, whilst prodding around to confirm it was ruptured. Met Mr. Anjarwalla after surgery, which he informed me went well and Clarissa the anaesthetist did a good job so I was allowed home that afternoon, now in my 2nd plaster - a shoddy, plaster of Paris job applied in the theatre.

Bit of pain for a few nights, but the horse pills sorted that out. Found that the plaster put quite a strain on my knee ligaments. Managed to get a away for a few days with my other half doing the driving. No other time off work, as I do a software pre-sales role, which apart from meeting clients, can be done from home.

29th Aug - back at the fracture clinic (Heatherwood) for stitches inspection and change to lightweight, 3M, fibre-glass stuff in the colourĀ  ‘purple’. Nice lad called Andrew did the plaster and took a photo with my mobile (which I must remember to post).

5th Sept - 3 weeks up, back at plaster room for Andrew again to change my plaster. Blue this time and into semi-equinus - well hardly equinus at all. Andrew had a good shove and got some length back into my Achilles. Needed some of those horse pills again that night for the throbbing tendon. Still on crutches.

26th Sept - 6 weeks up, back at plaster room. No Andrew this time, he’s gone to college - apparently just doing a year out. Back to purple plaster this time and full weight bearing, with sexy little sandal. Felt very funny that evening putting weight on foot, but by the end of the weekend I was getting around on one crutch. By now I’m not using crutches at all and looking forward to tomorrow!

A late arrival

Hi everyone, I only discovered this site today, 7 weeks to the day after my injury. I had my cast changed for the final time yesterday and I’m now weight bearing. I’m looking forward to losing it altogether in 3 weeks time and getting into rehab. There’s a lot of info on the site that I haven’t fully explored yet and with most of it coming from the US it will give me a different perspective on my treatment. I’ll bring you up to date on my timeline and history, I think I saw some widget thing on the homepage. Speak soon, John out!