10 Days Post Op

Hit my first milestone in my long journey.

Went to the doc yesterday to have my first “official” post-op appointment.  I say “official” because I went in last Friday to have my splint redone because of discomfort.  I am now free from the confines of plaster and ace bandages….and am in my trusty Boot.  I love the fact that I can take it off whenever I want (esp sleeping) but am VERY nervous that  my foot will be so exposed!

So I waited around in the waiting room for about 40 minutes….then another 20 minutes in the examination room…..and then my doc shows up for all but 2 minutes!  He took a look at the incision and said it looked perfect.  Then proceeded to tell me to flex my injured foot as far forward and backward as I could.  I was a little shocked that he’d have me do this at 10 days out….but he assured me that there was no way I could re-rupture using my own muscles to flex.  The first thing I noticed….how damn tight the achilles is.  That was the biggest shocker, it was so hard to pull my foot back, let alone get it to 90 degrees.  I have a glimpse of how tough PT will be.  The doc directed me to flex my foot and increase my range of motion as much as possible every day.  I go back in two weeks to have my stitches removed.  Hopefully by then I’ll have increased my range of motion a bit….

I also returned to work on Monday.  After being out for a full two weeks, it was quite the adjustment.  Foolish me, on Monday I decided that I would “test” myself and try to crutch it all the way to the office.  I usually walk to work and it takes about 15 minutes door to door.  So how hard could crutching it be?  Let me tell you…..that was the first and last time I will ever do that.  It was a mild 50 degrees that morning….but by the time I reached my cubicle, my undershirt and dress shirt were completely drenched in sweat…..and sweat was literally dripping off of my face.  It was not a pretty sight.  To top it all off…..it was so physically draining that I felt light headed and dizzy for the next hour!  I know…..I’m weak sauce!!!

So for the remainder of the week I have been cabbing it to and from work.  I hate the fact that I have to spend so much money on cabs….but I know that for now, it’s the only way.  Each day at work has been better….and I’m very slowly getting back into the swing of things.

For my next post - three purchases that have helped me tremendously (with pics hopefully!)

1.  Millenium Crutches - these have been keeping me sane

2.  Shower Stool

3.  Shower Cover (lower leg)

keep posting!  Love reading your updates!

3 Responses to “10 Days Post Op”

  1. 1 Justpeachie October 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Limmerz, I just went into my boot after 13 days post op. I can not even began to get my heel down into the bottom of the boot. I have all four wedges in but even with the straps at tight as possible my heel is up about 1 inch from the bottom of the boot. Are you having any trouble at all going from the cast at 45 degrees to the boot? Not sure if I should go back and ask for another partial cast with ace wrap with a little adjustment to about 60 degrees. This boot is just so heavy and really hangs there doing nothing to support my foot or keep it at a set degree. Just wondering if I’m the only one with a really stiff 45 degree foot. Paulette

  2. 2 dreams October 30, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I am really looking forward to my 10 day post-op if for no other reason than the fact that the doctor promises I will get a boot. I had knee problems in the past (Osgood-Schlatter’s disease) and I rarely took pain killers- I was all about the ice. With this big splint on I can barely feel the ice. I was greatly relieved to read your blog as this is what I expected to happen at my first post-op, but with all the blogs about being in a cast for 6-8 weeks etc., I was starting to doubt that it was really going to happen that way. I will be back at school on Monday (one week post-op), but I have work planned that will allow me to keep my feet up. Good luck with your endeavors.


  3. 3 limmerz October 30, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Paulette - yeah, as soon as my splint came off, I could immediately feel the tightness in my achilles, but even in the splint, my foot was close to 90 degrees. The assistant helped me into the boot and let me tell you, it hurt like hades getting my foot in. I only have one heel insert and so far, my foot has adjusted to it. I am very close to 90 degrees and have been flexing everyday to loosen it up more. You should call your doc to see if it’s normal that you are at 45 degrees…i’m sure he has his own recovery prognosis for you. Good luck!

    Deanne - we are almost twins! I too grew up with Osgood-Schlatter’s disease and have never known anybody else to have it. I don’t suffer from pain anymore but I have a nice sized bump under each knee cap. Good luck on your first post op and hope you get into the boot….i can’t wait to get rid of these crutches!

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