2nd Post OP and SLIP UP!

Had my 2nd post op visit on Wednesday to take my stitches out.  Relatively painless process and the doc said the wound looks great.  What a relief.  Paranoia regarding my wound has subsided greatly!  He said everything looked great and that I am right on track regarding my healing and ROM.  So that was good.

Now on to the bad.  I had two major slips this week that have not only brought me face to face with my greatest fear (re-rupture) but also tested my sanity.

I was crutching up the stairs into the building where my doc is at and somehow lost my bearings and mis stepped!  I put my bad foot down to catch myself….and instantly felt intense pain in my AT.   I haven’t had a mis-step at all during my recovery….but of course had to on the way to the doc!  I was comforted that my boot was on and after about 10 minutes or so, the pain subsided…..phew.

Well….last night I wasn’t so fortunate.  I was crutching around my place without my boot on…..and yep, you guessed it, my crutch slips out and I again use my bad foot to stop my fall.  Now that was some shocking pain.  I wasn’t sure if It was the pure pain or just the realization that I had just stepped down on my bare bad foot…..but it hurt pretty bad.  I was in a shocked state of mind for at least a half hour, trying to figure out what I did to myself.  I immediately tried to move my foot and check my range of motion.  Everything seemed in tact but my AT hurt a lot.  I proceeded to elevate my leg and constantly check my ROM.  After a little while, the pain went away….but what scared me was that I had now increased my ROM with my toes up!!!  I was freaking out because I could now get my foot to 90 degrees, whereas before I could only get close to 90 degrees.  Only a slight movement, but movement nonetheless.  I would have been ecstatic if I had acheived this naturally…..but the fact that I did it by placing my foot on the ground really scared me.  There is no lingering pain from the incident…..but I still have the mental scar from the event and I am now even more paranoid that I may have done some damage.

So I am a bit shaken up from the incident and am really hoping I did not experience a set back of any sort.


Hope everybody’s doing well…..and hope for no more slip ups!

4 Responses to “2nd Post OP and SLIP UP!”

  1. 1 smoley November 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Limmerz - Scaaarrryyyy!! That does NOT sound like fun. But I think that if you had done any “real” damage, you wouldn’t be in any doubt about it. Take it easy out there and no more crutching about barefoot. Crutches are the invention of Satan, but they’re all we’ve got most of the time. Best wishes to you,

  2. 2 mari November 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I had a wallop day the other day and only wore the splint all day.
    I was on the scooter, leg out behind me and my 100+ pound dog rammed into the side of my foot.

    I elevated it, iced it and it was blue yesterday but no lasting effects.

    I’d keep an eye on it and see if you get swelling or pain later, and you might want to mention to the DR the 90 degree thing.

  3. 3 ultidad November 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Grasshopper, you are younger than most of us and I see that your goal is only 105 days for full recovery. If you read the blogs of those who have reached or passed that mark, you will find that they are nowhere near full recovery. Yes, you will probably heal faster than your elders, but this is not a race! You can no more hurry the healing and recovery process than you can will the lotus to flower before it is ready. Patience, patience, patience.

  4. 4 2ndtimer November 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I hope you feel better today… you probably gave a good stretch to the tendon but if your range of motion is still good, hopefully that is all. I felt more stiff and swollen when I re-ruptured. But this has better been your last experiment without boot!!! Your house is not safer than anywhere else!

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