2nd Post Op

December 13th, 2018

9 weeks and 1 day today! I had my second post op with the PA and I got a good report card! She was pleased with the incision site which has very little scar tissue build up. Some that needs to be massaged out but not horrible. She was really pleased with my range of motion and my dorsiflexion. She said to ditch the boot and join the 2 shoes club! And I get to drive! And I can go to the gym! She said most of the stuff at the gym was okay at this point, but to be smart about it. Build up slowly and take it easy on the resistance when doing things like the elliptical and the bike. The only thing she definitely wants to hold off on is jogging/running. Not for another 3 months at least. I can walk on the treadmill but that’s it. I’m okay with that. She said to tell my PT guy that he’s doing a great job and to keep hitting the PT hard. Yes Ma’am!

So I immediately Ubered back home and jumped in the car. I did a quick trip to the sporting goods store to buy a new pair of sweatpants. The ones I have are ripped and I was feeling a little white trashy at physical therapy. All done in two running shoes. I’m still walking incredibly slow and with a limp, but I don’t care. I know that will get better slowly with time. And the limp is from tightness not pain! Can I tell you how wonderful that is? First time in at least 3 years I’m walking without pain in my right heel. Well, we’ll see how sore my achilles is tomorrow since this is the most non-boot walking I’ve done up to this point.

Next appointment 3 months from now (around the 6 month mark) with the actual doctor this time. Now if I can just avoid doing anything stupid in the next couple months I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I know…a very long 12 month tunnel, but a light nonetheless.

5 Responses to “2nd Post Op”

  1. kamueller on December 13, 2018 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on making it to two shoes! My doc still wants me in the boot for two more weeks, but like I posted I just wear it outside the house. It’s nice to move on to the next part of the journey.

  2. cserpent on December 14, 2018 6:18 am

    I know your joy June!!! After my right foot I just marveled that I was walking around in shoes with a closed heel with no pad to cushion the back of my heel from the shoe for the first time in more than 10 years! I don’t know if your doc mentioned it but my doc said no incline/hills either. In fact my doc won’t let me do any hills/inclines until the 6 month mark. My handicap permit is good for 6 months just for that reason.

    And don’t overdo it!!! LOL! That’s a hard thing to avoid at this time of the year once you’re able to walk and stand. And remember that icing and elevating are still your friend if there is pain and/or swelling.

    Congrats on moving on to the next stage of the recovery process!

  3. dan914 on December 14, 2018 8:04 am

    Congratulations. I saw my doc yesterday and he commented that it is a 12 month injury in the sense that you won’t really know your endpoint until 12 months, but you do get bits and pieces (important bits and pieces) of your life back along the way.

    I find great joy in being able to do what used to be mundane stuff, like driving myself to PT, stopping at the store, and taking out the trash.

    Keep the faith. Keep moving forward. There is a sign in my PT clinic, “Slow progress is better than no progress”…

  4. junebug on December 14, 2018 8:46 am

    Thanks for the no incline/hill tip. I forgot to ask about that and then I noticed when I was taking my trash to the curb (up a small incline) that my achilles was like “Oh, no. Don’t do that. I don’t like that!”. And I’m still icing and elevating at night while watching tv since I still have a bit of a cankle going on. But I promise, I will try my damnedest not to overdo it!

  5. cserpent on December 14, 2018 10:29 pm

    Dan - That sign in your PT clinic definitely applied to me this time around at PT - LOL! I was feeling frustrated since I didn’t really notice any improvement but as we talked and he had me do some things I realized I actually did make some progress with my foot. I think I’ll make one up for my PT so he can hang it in his office. I think he would get a kick out of it :) Hmm maybe I’ll make him a keychain with that same phrase stamped in some copper and give it to him at our last appointment.

    And good for you to be icing and elevating until you get rid of the cankle June! I actually thought I wasn’t swelling anymore and then spent many hours in the kitchen cooking and, sure enough, had a bit of swelling again. So now I’m dragging the chair into the kitchen when I start cooking so I’ll remember to sit down when I can as I’m prepping/washing/stirring/…

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