Aug 16 2008


7 Weeks 1 day. First Wedge out, FWB no crutches, “ok” scar pics

Posted at 3:29 pm under Monthly

Hi All! 

I’m 7 weeks 1 day or almost 2 months or 50 days!

Today I am taking it easy after a week or more of wedding festivities with my family last weekend.  My foot needs the break – plus its 106 and muggy out (HUGE heatwave in the NW right now).  I’m happy to be inside with ice packs and the Olympics.


Here are some of the things going on with me:

  1. Last week I had my second post op at just over 6 weeks.  Like a lot of you , I saw the surgeon for all of 4 minutes and he said “looks good”.  Um….what does that MEAN?  He handed me a piece of paper that said “take one wedge out a week” I have three wedges in the boot. “Then walk 1 week in the boot no wedges and then throw the boot away.”  He said to ditch the crutches then too – oops – already ditched crutches last week – although if I go out for a while (which is rare) I do bring one crutch.  So in less than a month  - Sept 10  - I’ll be two shoes …I hope.  I do have to say that just this week I stopped sleeping with the boot on!  The doc didn’t give me the go ahead, but WOW, it feels great.
    1. Not having the crutches is really AMAZING.  I had hired help to come every day and this last week we decided she was bored b/c I can do almost everything except take my garbage up my steep driveway!    I do bring one crutch to bed b/c the tendon takes a couple minutes to warm up in the morning and it was too painful to hop to the bathroom.

2.  The other thing he said was “oh yeah”….start PT.  YES!  So PT starts for me on Tuesday.  I can’t stand (or am afraid to) on both feet without support (boot etc).  I’m thinking PT is going to help me with this – I want to take a picture that shows both feet on the ground!


3.  On the note of not going out too much (although a couple fun dates, and people stealing me out for lunch)…I’ve decided that I’m taking recovery seriously and don’t mind sitting on the couch a couple days a week even though I’m VERY bored.  I’m happy that I don’t have any swelling, pain, or issues (cross fingers).  I think my “chilling” out has helped.  I do have amazing friends that come over quite a bit and hang out in the sun on the deck so there are lots of people around. 

4.  My scar is very straight and looking better than in these pictures (it looks a little red in the pics).  There is a small spot at the very heel that still has scabs and some dead skin, but I think in another week it should be better.  I’m using Mederma and Viti E after I shower.  I did NOT get the OK to go swimming – the cardio exercise that I’m banking on using to get back into shape (since running is months out!).  I’ll still have to wait on that one.





5.  I feel healthy, have lost a few pounds and have had a trainer come most 5 days a week for ROM and upper body/back exercises.  Just next week we’ll start more core and some lower bod  now that I can put a lot of pressure on my ATR leg to keep me balanced.  The quad and the hammie are going to object, but I can’t wait for that soreness.  Feeling antsy but knowing that I have just another month of boot and that I’ll start SOME exercise at PT is REALLY cool.


I spend a lot of time thinking, on the web (shout out to Ed Forman for his support!), watching the Olympics and chatting with friends.  I’ve managed to continue to get pedicures and happy about that.  I’m headed to Vegas on Sept 4 and will take a few shots with the Achilles Tshirt for the gallery.  I’m happy for this time to heal and think about my plan for the coming months.  Thanks to everyone on the site – the fun – and education.








6 responses so far

6 Responses to “7 Weeks 1 day. First Wedge out, FWB no crutches, “ok” scar pics”

  1. tennisjunkieon 16 Aug 2008 at 4:23 pm 1

    Great progress. I am guessing you will be more than ready to ditch the boot, particularly since you will be doing PT and getting more balance and flexibility back in your foot.

    I am loving the Olympics….wish they had been on in May while I was housebound! I am sorry to see the swimming end, I just love watching it. I also became a big fan of beach volleyball and badminton. Misty May is just an amazing athlete.

    Have fun with PT - I am 15 weeks + and still have not been! By the time I get a chance to have it, I won’t need it anymore.

  2. jackspraton 16 Aug 2008 at 5:15 pm 2

    Hi kkdub - you are making great progress. Dont feel too nervous, just listen to your body, it will tell you when to pull-back. I feel the AT twinge when I push too far. As long as you push slowly you have time to react before any overload happens. I guess that is why swimming is out? Fast kicking (flicking of the foot) could possibly lead to an AT overload and you wouldnt know it until it happened. I think your PT will give you a real surge in your confidence and progress. Just nudge the envelope, dont shatter it; thats the quick way to do it :-) You’re changing up a gear and thats great.

  3. damacaron 18 Aug 2008 at 9:05 am 3

    WooHoo!! Yay for the Oregon girls! (and boy…. I didn’t want stageogre to feel left out). We should meet halfway in Roseburg, at the coast or something this spring and run a 5k or a 10k, with our achilles blog shirts on of course.
    I have to agree with you about this site. I’ve learned so much. It definately helps combat the depression. This is definately a mental, as well as physical injury to us active people. So many of my questions I asked my Dr were because of this site. CHEERS TO DENNIS!!

  4. dennison 18 Aug 2008 at 11:08 am 4

    damacar - Thanks! Please feel free to suggest adding any additional “questions to ask the doctor” to the list.

    I’d like the main site to be like a wiki where all the wisdom gained from our experiences can be summed up, organized nicely, and prettied up for others (especially those that will follow in our gimpy footsteps).

    In order to do that, I need all your help. :)

    If you think there are parts of the main site that can be organized in a more coherent manner, and you have some more helpful info to add, please let me know.

    If there is anyone out there who’s NWB, bored, and want to contribute, I’d love some help with the content on the main site! :mrgreen:

  5. Pattion 19 Aug 2008 at 12:00 pm 5

    Hi there. I caught your blog recently and I work with the product Mederma. I like how you have been documenting your surgery and recovery and wondered if you would be interested in receiving some product from us to use exclusively in exchange for reviews on your blog? We might also like to use your before, during and after photos (would need a photo release if so). Please email me if you are interested and we can discuss the details. My name is Patti and my email is I look forward to hearing from you.

  6. chris67on 26 Aug 2008 at 10:36 am 6

    Great news Kathy! Great to hear you are doing so well.