Two weeks post op..

December 4, 2008

So here we are, two weeks since I had a “percutaneous repair” to my achilles tendon. Yesterday I went back to the orthopaedic clinic to have the cast removed. Some slight bruising around the base of the heel, a little swelling but in general it appears to be healing well. I took a picture using my mobile phone so will figure out how to put it up later.

I had a less satisfactory experience at the clinic this time, my initial visits were very thorough affairs with the procedure(s) explained to me in full. This time around I was ushered into the “plaster suite” to have the cast cut off. The technician then told me to wait on the trolley whilst she fetched the doctor who showed up, prodded my calf, muttered something about it healing well and informed me that the standard protocol would now be used. With that he promptly left leaving me with unanswered questions!

The technician then fitted me with a brace and boot with the angle set quite acutely, told me to exercise it (how?) and not to put any weight on it whatsoever.

I have to admit that I have been a bit naughty around the house scuttling around without my crutches. I find it hard to do normal things with them (like make a cup of coffee, go to the toilet etc..).

I’m currently away from work but not signed off sick instead using up some annual leave. My wife thinks I’m crazy so I have attempted to call my GP to see what his opinion is about being signed off. Trouble is, can’t be seen until Monday (oh what is the NHS coming to!!?).

I am hating sitting at home doing very little, I am going crazy and I’m very cranky.


Feeling the ATR blues

November 24, 2008

Howdy all,

Was looking around for general hints and tips about ATR and felt moved enough to share my experience with the topic at hand!