Playing catchup on my Blog

Believe it or not, this is the first blog I’ve ever maintained….guess all it took was an ATR and being stuck on a bed or couch all day!

I had a full ATR on 10/12/09 playing in my basketball league. To this day, I swear somebody stomped on the back of my foot…….and somebody even apologized after the game…..but who really knows?

The hardest part has been fighting off a sense of hopelessness and depression. When I found out how long the road to recovery was, I was devastated. I am a very independent…..and absolutely love doing things for people (friends, family and esp my girlfriend). This injury has taken this away from me…..and I’m stuck feeling a bit worthless.

I’ve also been away from work for 2 weeks and for somebody that takes a lot of pride in his work, this has been difficult as well. I’m hoping to be back at work 2 weeks post ATR and one week post OP.

The timing of my ATR couldn’t have been worse. I was five days away from a surprise NYC trip that my girlfriend planned for us…..and was devastated that I ruined it. Fortunately, my doc gave me the thumbs up to do the trip and then to have the surgery Monday morning after I returned. We still had a wonderful trip but it was a little more than inconvenient being on crutches around the big apple…..

Surgery went well…..once the nerve block wore off, I was in extreme pain for the rest of the night…..but each day has gotten better. Now there is relatively no pain aside from the feeling that the splint cast is on too tight around my heel area. I’m going to call the doc tomorrow morning to see if this is normal. It’s almost unbearable….and my entire foot gets really hot. Almost feels like my foot is suffocating in there!

Sorry for the long entry….I started my blog late and have so many things on my mind. I’ll keep posting as I’m sure this will be a good release for me.

Thank you to all who have been posting….I’ve already read through many of your stories from start to finish….and am extremely impressed with all you went through. I hope I can do the same…..

3 Responses to “Playing catchup on my Blog”

  1. 1 2ndtimer October 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I did not know anything about Achilles heel either other than some funny story from History class way back when we were studying ancient Greece…
    No warning - puff.

    Anyways - you are lucky you did not have to miss the New York trip at least.

    Do not feel worthless. You did a lot for your friends, and this is a well deserved break, you can still do a whole lot for them - a little while later. Keep maintaining your blog. Good luck!

  2. 2 ultidad October 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    About 4-5 days post-op, it felt like my first splint was too tight around my heel as well. When I called, my doc’s assistant asked whether or not I was icing and elevating. I know that part of her job is to protect the doc from tons of calls, but I persisted and he called me back. I ended up going in and getting a second splint with a little more padding. I do think that some of the post-surgical pain is felt as pressure/tightness on the heel, but don’t let your doc’s nurse/assistant blow you off. If your splint feels too tight, then you should get a new one!

  3. 3 strohdecaire October 23, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Limmerz………..I took a minute and read your entry…….sounds like we’re in the same boat, floating down the same river……..thank God we have a few crutches lying around so we can navigate…….kind of! Glad to hear you were able to go on your NYC trip…………even in a diminished capacity it’s still a sight to see. Best wishes on your recovery as well and yes, I agree, after reading a few dozen of these stories, it does seem to happen to the “independent ones”…………go figure. Here’s to getting this damn cast off and into the partial weight bearing mode.

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  • Name: limmerz
    Location: Chicago
    Injured during: Basketball
    Which Leg: L
    Status: NWB

    564 wks  4 days Post-ATR
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