I ruptured my AT stepping off a curb while chasing a pool thief. Yep - a $4 noodle (it got away) turned into a $125 emergency room visit. That was 4/29 I saw the doc the following day, and had surgery the next, 5/1. Found this site between rounds of vomiting from Percoset. LOVE this site - thanks so much to all who have contributed - and I have learned a lot reading blogs and links. Can’t believe such a simple thing is such a life changer!
It’s my first major injury at 49 after a lifetime of pretty athletic living - so pretty weird I’d get hurt in such a ridiculous way. I stepped off the curb (slow jogging pace) and landed barefoot on my heel - and heard a big crack. I looked back to see if the curb had given way, and was surprised to see it was fine. Since I was alone in a quiet parking lot, I knew the loud crack was something in my leg - thought I had broken it. It was a quick diagnosis at the emergency room where they casted me for one night. Doc cut that off and put me in a big boot for the next night, surgery next evening. No pain for 24 hours and then the leg block wore off. Two days of misery feeling queasy, and then on to Motrin on the 3rd. Today is day 6 and I’m off Motrin since now I hear that messes up tendon healing.
My life has come to a screeching halt (like all of yours) temporarily while I figure out how to get around, who can do what, etc. I just returned from China 8 weeks ago with two new daughters, 7 and 11 years old, and so it’s a bummer that my pool and biking days are over. My six kids and hubby have rallied and are taking good care of me. I’ve got two college boys that just got home - and they’ve been AWESOME with all our household needs. My 4 little girls put on Aprons, brought me a bell, and have had great fun taking care of me. I have great kids and am so thankful. They even bought me a bell to ring, lol! So after a few days of “mourning my old life” (while vomiting) and a few teary pity parties, I’m on with life - albeit from a chair, bed, or crutches. My kids are active and need a mom to get them where they need to go. My new girls need a mom to “just show up.” They’ve gone long enough without one.
So here are my questions if someone would be so kind to answer:
Is the VacoCast really that much better? I read kiwiclaire’s blog (very informative - thanks!) but don’t need to get in a stirrup. I DO need to get back to walking/driving asap and want to do whatever will facilitate THAT. I DON’T want to do something to endanger a re-rupture - although I know I can’t avoid accidents. Will a VacoCast help with any of that?
When will my toes stop turning purple when I stand up?.
What can I do to speed this up??!!!! I just want to walk, cook, and drive. (not in a hurry to clean house again, haha!) I can’t run since I beat up my knees with high mileage when younger. I’d like to get back on my road bike and swim again - but driving is priority for the kiddos.
My favorite things since injured: Toilet chair with arms, same in shower, “crutch muffins” - covers for crutches with pockets, medical tape for securing trash bag over cast, Tervis mug for kids to bring morning coffee. My servant hearted family showing me what it means to be selfless. God for comforting me through this whole mess - He’s got under it control - which is good since I don’t have a clue.
Thanks again for sharing your stories - it’s been such a great help while laying around trying to stave off blood clots, etc.
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