My left foot

God, where was this blog 8 long weeks ago when I started this journey?! I am so-ooo glad I found this site. As the saying goes “misery loves company.” I had my surgery on March 12, 2008. I work as an ER nurse is a very busy metro hospital in Florida. My left ankle and leg hurt for the better part of year but I thought it was just from being on my feet for 12 hours a day, instead one day I had shooting white hot pain, couldn’t walk and I found out my tendon had ruptured. Less than a week later I went in for surgery. The Doc said it was one of the worse cases he’d ever seen. I had a nerve block inserted in my leg for five days post-surgery. That’s the way to go. I had a portable narcaine pain pump in a fanny pack that brought me a lot of relief. My entire tendon was blown, so it had to be rebuilt with a tendon transplant along with an upper calf muscle incision to loosen that muscle which was contracted. I also had a bone spur so that had to be removed and the tendon reattached through a hole drilled in my heel bone with absorbable screws. Unlike some of the rest of you, I work on my feet so getting back to work ASAP was a real concern. My doctor is agreeable to my returning to work after 10 weeks but just 8 hours a day, not 12 for a couple of weeks. The hospital is not happy. I’m a very active person so sitting at home for weeks with my leg elevated drove me crazy - and I was not prepared for the depression I felt. I spent two weeks in the post-op splint, and another two weeks in a hard cast, then on to the cam boot but I couldn’t walk without crutches or a walker. By week five I was in the pool playing one-legged water volleyball and swimming. The beginning of week 8 and I am finally walking without any apparatus of any kind - what a milestone! I’ve just finished week 2 of rehab (that’s killer too with the weights and stretching), but determined to go back to work on May 28. This is a great blog especially for those people early on in the healing process! Good idea

2 Responses to “My left foot”

  1. Karen -
    Glad to have you with us, and welcome to the 2-shoes club!
    I like the phrase: Recovery loves company! better. :P

  2. Karen,
    I think a lot of us can relate to your joy in finding this site. Dennis is doing us all a great service in maintaining it. I’m a member of what appears to be a rapidly growing group of us whose friends and family are getting tired of sentences that start with “well my friends at achillesblog say….”.

    Good luck with your recovery,
    -J

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