Oct 26 2015

10 weeks post surgery update

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Aug 13 2015

28 hours Post Op

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Home recovering from ATR surgery. This morning was the most difficult as the anesthesia does its number on you. Then, as soon as you beat the nausea, the trips to the bathroom commence. The anesthesiologist offered two types of blocks. With the block that would last the longest he would insert a catheter so I wouldn’t have to get up 20 times to potty (urinate). I opted for the 12 hour block instead with no catheter. No regrets as I am past that now. However, if you would have asked me this afternoon I would have loved the catheter. I was not offered that for my first ATR procedure and I did have the longer term block. Not making any promises but I believe I may not need any more narco other than acetaminophen. You want to stay with them as long as you are beyond say a 4 on the pain scale. However, from my experience the sooner you can put them away, the better. My procedure AT Subcutaneous tenotomy, included shaving the bone (Haglunds). I don’t know for certain, but I think adds to the overall pain but it does diminish over a couple of days.

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Aug 07 2015

Here we go again

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I went through this process a little over a year and a half ago.  My repair was surgical and is strong.  The only issue I’ve had is there is still some numb feeling in my toes from possible nerve damage.  Started having some of the same problems with the other foot (insertional tendonosis) which has been going on for several months.  Walking on beach with my kite gear yesterday getting ready to go out and stepped in a hole.  It happened so fast and it was just like the classic rupture discription.  Felt like a horse kicked me and I went down.  Sucked so bad because I knew exactly what happened and also knew what was to come.  I’m scheduled to mee with my same doctor Monday.

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Dec 29 2013

Eye on the prize

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Not certain if I’m doing this right but I certainly have time to sort through it.  A good friend of mine that happens to be an anethesiologist sent me a nice message the other day and it has stuck.  “Eye on the prize”  I have also been reading so much and this site has already helped me.  I am now 10 days post surgery and hope to share a few things with others that may help them as well.  I am a 53 year old male that has continued to live a very active lifestyle.  My passion with regard to sport is kitesurfing so most of my workouts and training focus on keeping me in the ocean.  Prior to the injury and for the last few years the workouts consisted of P90, crossfit and yoga.  I’ve actually been struggling for years (15) or so with what I come to realize as tendinosis.  I had essentially eliminated all the things that I could not do anymore without pain or a major flare up of the achilles, such as running and jumprope.  Well, I ended up rupturing the bad achilles during a crossfit competition while jumping rope.  I should have never agreed to enter but we thought I would be able to trade off on the things that would hurt my achilles.  Yes I regret that I just didn’t forfeit the entry fee and swallow my pride.  Regardless though, this problem I have been having for years was not going away without some kind of major event.  My wife of 28 years has been amazing despite her anger in the way it happened.  She talked me in to getting the little scooter to get around.  I’m actually good and comfortable with crutches but this is so much easier.  She also picked me up the shower cover bag from medical supply store which has also been great.  At first I was cautious and still wrapped the top part of my splint with saran wrap.  However, since stopped because it was not getting damp at all.  I was able to stop the meds after 2 days of the nerve block wearing off.  Word of caution, the first sign of block wearing off, you need to get the meds going because the pain is real.  I was late because I didn’t want to start the meds to soon and that was a mistake.  The pain is at least 10 times worse than when it ruptured but without the sound.  Sorry for the long first post but I appreciate you letting me put it out there and hope I can help someone in their journey back to good health.

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Dec 29 2013

Eye on the prize

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