My first blog (5 days removed from surgery)

Had my surgery on Friday the 13th…lol. I am currently at home resting and working from home until December 30th. My job is an office job, depending on how my first post-op goes, I should be able to return to work by then.

It had been 4 weeks since I suffered a complete rupture and was worried that I would’ve had to go with the reconstructive surgery. Luckily, it was a clean tear and the tendon did not retreat into the calf muscle. The doctor said the tendon re-attached nicely and was an easy fix. I’m hoping this will help the healing process a bit. The doctor did give me the worst case scenarios when I first met him, which I was prepared for, so it was a surprise when the doctor told me that the tendon went back together without a hitch. Big sigh of relief and I have my first post op on Friday. The doctor did a great job. The meds have kept the pain at bay although I did get nauseous a couple of times. So now my recovery begins.

I had soldiered on at work in a boot and on one crutch for 4 weeks because I was hoping not to inconvenience my work too much with the holidays around the corner. It worked out for the best and much to my relief, I had two weeks vacation time left over to use in conjunction with Christmas shutdown. I work a desk office job, so my position is pretty much sedentary. So I’m pretty lucky, considering the circumstances. I was also very lucky that my dad flew in 3000 miles to stay with me my first week removed from surgery. It’s been a huge help.

4 Responses to “My first blog (5 days removed from surgery)”

  1. HI JT,

    Welcome, and I am glad you got through the first 5 days without a lot of pain. The good news is that once you get used to the PWB with crutches, it does get better every single week.

    Many people have gone back to work after a few short weeks on crutches, so you should be OK.

    Good luck, and keep us posed.

  2. Most desk jobs and meeting places and restaurants. . . can be redesigned to include an extra chair with a cushion on it for elevating an injured foot. Ask and you shall (usually) receive.

  3. Hi first blogger,I too had my first achilles surgery on the 13th after injuring playing wallyball on the 9th. The first week is he’ll but every day gets some better. I cannot wait to walk again. I’ve had a couple scares on ice and snow but if you can rent a scooter until you are FWB you will be amazed how much it helps. I have my two week appt on Thursday so I am excited what my surgeon has to say. Keep the faith!

  4. Hi Dale :) thanks so much for responding. I’m on my third week removed from surgery and in my third cast with my foot in the neutral position. I will be in the CAM walking boot once I’m out of this cast. I know patience is going to be key for me to a full recovery.

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