Crawling along

December 5th, 2012

I know I shouldn’t compare myself to others but I can’t help wondering how people are able to walk at 8 or 9 weeks post-injury. Am I missing something? I was in a cast for 10 weeks the first go around and when the cast came off I was limping and felt like a steel rod was in my leg - no flexibility. Any tips as I go into round 3? What are the signs that I am on a good road to recovery?

Restitched at 7 weeks Post Op

December 3rd, 2012

Just came back from seeing my surgeon. He looked at the stitches, all three of them and it looked pretty good. During surgery last week he took out the original internal stitches and replaced them with dissolving stitches coated in an anti-biotic. He said he could understand how the cast was rubbing and making everything hurt. The wound was not going to heal the way things were. Next week the stitches come out and hopefully I am back in a boot with wedges. And keeping my fingers crossed that there is no more infection. All these surgeries have left me completely wiped out! I have had a set-back no question, and all the surgeon could say is that I am not zero. Sometimes I feel like I am running this marathon backwards.

Third surgery completed

November 27th, 2012

Hi all,

I just had my third surgery yesterday. What a saga. Every time I go back to the fracture clinic the technicians are so supportive and say what a trooper. I have been hobbling in there since the beginning of July. I am hoping that this surgery is third time lucky and I never have to go back for more. My wound was open and starting to get infected. The surgeon did a debridement and took out the internal stitches that were at the surface and kept poking out of my skin. The surgeon says the tendon looks good though it is weak after so much stitching etc and I have to be CAREFUL. No worries. I am not running anywhere. In 2 weeks I hope to be back in the boot. In the meantime, I am in a splint cast. I am looking into something called Purple Rice which is supposed to do wonders for cell repair. And I am going to rent a knee walker to have a little variety and more mobility in my life. Déjà vu all over again.

What to do with sores?

November 24th, 2012
Hello fellow ATR survivors,
I am trying to find information about my particular complication. I had a second rupture after I was out of my cast after the 1st surgery. I had a second surgery and it went really well - no pain at all. Then I was put in a cast and my leg hurt a lot. 2 weeks of that and I said no more. The surgeon allowed for a half cast just in the front to leave the wound site more open. The wound was not completely healed in one area. Then after 2 weeks I was put in a boot cast. Within 2 days the wound grew big again and now I am waiting another surgery to clean it up and stitch it together.
It is my theory that the rubbing on the cast, and then the boot cast created this problem. Probably the sutures were not perfect in that area to begin with. I am really nervous about going back into any type of cast after this surgery and having this kind of problem again. The pain is pretty bad.
Do you have any experience with this sort of thing? At the moment I am running salt water over the wound and applying green tea leaves that have been soaked in hot water.  These home remedies are supposed to be good for preventing infection. Are there alternatives to having a boot or a fully enclosed cast that can also support the changing angle of my foot?
Thanks for any input.
Lizzie
    ATR Timeline
    • Name: lizzie
      Location: Toronto
      Injured during: skipping rope
      Which Leg: L
      Status: 2-Shoes

      437 wks  2 days Post-ATR
      430 wks  3 days
         Since start of treatment