1st ATR Post

Hello everyone!

My name is Juan and unlike most people that I’ve read about in this blog, I actually tore my left AT while at work. I’m 33 years old, had surgery on 2-27-14 and am 4 days post op. I’m in law enforcement and work in California. On 2-14-14, I responded to a DUI collision scene where an SUV was blocking a lane on the highway. The SUV had front end damage and was disabled in position beside a guardrail where I couldn’t use the push bumper on my patrol vehicle to move it. In order to make the scene safer, I went to the front of the SUV and attempted to push it out of the road. I leaned forward with both hands on the hood of the SUV and pushed. The SUV didn’t move very much so I leaned further forward and placed my left foot back for leverage and then pop! I actually heard it pop, looked back and thought that my boot had slipped on the asphalt roadway. Once realizing that my foot was in the same place and my ankle was starting to get very warm, I knew that I had injured my AT.

Moments later another officer arrived to assist me and helped me hop back to my patrol vehicle where I waited for an ambulance. “That’s when the pain set in and it was the Longest 10 minutes of my life.” I was transported to the hospital where I spent the next 2 night and was eventually sent home with a splint and some very uncomfortable crutches.

I then spent the next days crutch’n it around on my much more convenient/comfy mobileg (mobilegs.com) crutches that I purchased ¬†until surgery. Surgery was at 10:30am and was a piece of cake until my nerve block wore off at about 11:00pm that evening. It lasted about 12 hours just as the anesthesiologist had said. This is when I experienced the worst pain ever. The Norco that I had been prescribed wasn’t cutting it and I tried to suffer through it until about 2:00am and that’s when my wife called the on-call doctor who ended up being my doctor/surgeon. Then it was off to the ER where I got an injection of dilaudid that took most of my discomfort away. By this time my temp was over 101 degrees, I was sweating and I could not stay still. After about 4 hours in the ER, I went back home and my doctor gave me a script for Percocet later that morning. The Percocet took care of all the pain and allowed me to finally go to sleep.

Since then I’ve been posted up on my bed like everyone else, spending my days watching tv, reading and surfing the net. Been taking my Norco during the day for pain and Percocet at night to sleep ever since surgery. Most of the major pain has subsided as of now and I’ve been trying to stop taking my meds. Can’t wait until my first post op doctors appointment on 3-6-14 to hopefully hear good news that my incision is healing well and that I’ll get my VACOcast Pro Achilles boot at week 3 as planned.

Just wanna say I appreciate everyone’s tips on how to manage with this injury that we’ve all been blessed with and that I hope everyone has a successful recovery. ¬†Sorry for the long post, I guess I’m going through report writhing withdrawals. Haha

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