First post, new to blogging

Hi, my name is Paulette from Indiana and I ruptured my left AT on 10/12 and had surgery on the 15th. I consider myself a fairly fit 60 year old that just slipped on a stupid throw rug & blew my tendon just above the heel bone.¬† I don’t work outside of the home but am a very active on the go type person, so this really is a bummer. Had a lot of pain once my knee block wore off, and then got really sick on the Hydrocodone-apap 7.5-500 pain pills. Now I am only taking a couple of advil every few hours as needed. My surgeon just put on a partial cast on the top of my leg and then an ace wrap. First appt not until¬† 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, and told I will probably be totaly NWB with crutches only for 4 weeks and then a boot with crutches for an additional 3 months. Would love to hear from anyone with same injury.

6 Responses to “First post, new to blogging”

  1. Dear Paulette - Welcome to the club, there are squillions of us here with the same injury, so you are definately not alone!!
    Sorry to hear of your injury, it’s not one you would choose, is it?
    But the good news is that you will eventually get better, it just takes time and, once you are mended enough for physiotherapy, a lot of hard work. Much depends on how sporty you want to be in the future. A reasonable functioning fitness can be achieved quite quickly if you avoid complications.
    And you needn’t have a miserable time while you are mending. Think of all the things you can do rather than focus on what you can’t. I think many of us have managed to make it a positive experience - you really start to appreciate friends and family and your health generally. It gives you a new perspective on life and that’s always valuable.
    So read and blog to your heart’s content. Whatever you write, we will read it and understand what you are going through. And there is a huge amount of accumulated knowledge here too, so if you have questions, just ask!
    Best wishes,
    Smoley

  2. Hi Paulette,
    Don’t get too down with this injury, once you start to see recovery happening things get better quickly. The NWB phase is tough but you are already 25% of the way through this.
    My injury sounds very similar to yours (full rupture just above the heel bone) & I found that the Doctors tend to quote what they feel to be worst case timescales in the beginning (3 months in a boot with crutches sounds a lot), I hope this behaviour is common your side of the Atlantic.
    Get yourself ready to see a weak & feeble looking leg at your 2.5 week appointment & a foot that resists being pushed into a new position (are your toes pointed like a ballerina at the moment?).
    Go easy on those crutches - I fell 3 times in 5 weeks whilst NWB in a cast (without doing any damage) - but realise that when you inevitably do put weight accidentially on that foot, you probably won’t cause a re-rupture.
    All the best for a smooth and speedy full recovery (and throw that rug in the bin!)

  3. Keep your spirits up and your mind active and the time and healing will fly by. As a fellow active person the first few weeks are the hardest, because you don’t know what to do with yourself. One thing that got me through was reading all the storys and seeing that your active days are not over. Even if the people around you can’t quite understand what is going on in you head, someone here has had the same thought same feeling or same setback. Your not alone, keep your spirits up. BIGKID

  4. Paulette………Good Day! My wife and I did a bit of research on the various scooters out there and, through the aid of a RX from my surgeon and our local medical supply company, were able to secure a Roller-Aid (that’s the brand name). It’s a high-handled scooter with casters on the front wheels, hand brakes, and a basket attached to the front…..it’s completely adjustable for all heights, I’m 6-4….I think it adjusts down to 4-10…… (for a picture, check out my page….it’s in one of my posts). In any case, it is picked up by insurance……we had to pay upfront……$140/month…. but the vast majority of that will be reimbursed to us (80%). I can’t even to begin to tell you how wonderful its been. We’ve been able to get out and about, plus it aids in independence around the house and gives a bit of exercise to your other leg/foot……a nice reprieve from crutches, although I still use them as well from time to time. Best of luck in your recovery………..Stroh

  5. Hi Paulette,
    To answer your question, the thickness of my tendon has gone down a bit since the injury, however it is still about 2 to 3 times the thickness of the “good” side.
    Good luck with your recovery.
    Shelley

  6. Stroh, that’s one fancy kneeling scooter you got!! If anybody’s looking (and paying out of their own pocket), there are lots of cheap options, new and used. Craigslist and Kijiji etc. often have versions of these things. Some walkers (the kind old folks push in front of them) are 4-wheeled, and some have flip-down seats. Put those two things together, and some extra padding, and I THINK you’ve got a kneeling walker-scooter.

    “The good news and the bad” with this injury is that it usually only takes 2-3 weeks to go from one “phase” to the next. So by the time I could have had a nice waterproof cast protector shipped from an Ebay vendor, my physio said it was OK to shower without my boot! Pretty soon after I modified my crutches so they didn’t kill my hands, I was “Weight Bearing As Tolerated” and I’d switched to a cane. And 4 days after I borrowed the cane, I was clomping around without it.

    I actually got around to locating a used kneeling walker on Craigslist, but I was clomping around in my boot before I bought it — or else I’d be selling it on Craigslits now!

    Like many others here, I’ve put a (DIY-padded) plastic step-ladder in the shower, and an extra-padded footstool in front of the bathroom sink. And my wife moved a wheeled office chair into our kitchen, so I could carry coffee and food from the counter to the table. Wheels are definitely helpful, as is kneeling, but I made do with the stuff I had kicking around the house. (My inlaws had a few canes in various closets.)

    Eight years ago, when I tore my first AT, I borrowed a little folding “transport” wheelchair from my sis-in-law, which was my kitchen scooter. Unfortunately, she’s having a tough time now, and needs it herself, or I’d borrow it again.

    I live in a 2-story house, so the biggest challenge was going up and down stairs. (Scooters don’t do stairs, either!) Last time, stairs were quite hard and scary, and I lost my balance a couple of times, too. This time, because the banister is on the same side as my “bad” leg, I could easily go down with the two crutches on one side and the banister on the other side, which is MUCH less scary. Going up was the same as last time, but I managed to survive without losing my balance, ’til I got rid of the crutches.

    One of the several advantages of a relatively “aggressive” rehab protocol (mine this time is MUCH quicker than I had 8 years ago, and I even skipped the surgery this time!!), is that you get to FWB sooner, when you can start clomping around in a boot, without crutches or wheels!

    Be inventive and cautious and patient, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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