Archive for September, 2009

Sep 28 2009

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First day of PT

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Very easy day at PT just stretching and measuring my movement and control.  My therapist says all looks good and by measurements my right (healing ankle) is only 1 inch larger than the other one.  And the bruising is clearing up really good too.  I asked the therapist if she thought I was on a rapid recovery program or if it is normal.  Because I have read so much on this site about being in a cast for 6 weeks after surgery.  And she said that there have been so many advances in the surgery itself that the cast is becoming a thing of the past.  Even for other injuries not just the Achilles surgery.  So next appointment will be Wednesday at 10 am and she said for me to take some Advil before my appointment just in case.  Sounds like she has something in store for me.  So until then I have to do some stretching exercises and then put a ice pack on.  This past Saturday my wife helped me do an engagement shoot and we did a really good job.  I was moving around on the crutches and she was carrying my stuff and holding a flash unit for me.  Here is a link to my engagement sessions but last Saturdays are the final 9 photos.
http://www.gr8clicks.com/Portfolio/Engagement/8005028_wXb93#P-2-20

Take care and I will post again after Wednesdays PT Session.

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Sep 24 2009

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Thursday follow up appointment

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Well, the Dr took my “Stich” out today.  I was impressed, he just pulled on one string and it came right out.  It was one single thread that was about 6 inches long.  No mutliple stiches to pull out  just one!  If you are in south Texas and you need to have your Achilles repaired this is the doctor.  Dr. Loddie Roeder in New Braunfels, Texas he has been in Sports Medicine for 25 years.  And he cleared me for 50% body weight and to keep using 2 crutches for now.  Also, he removed some of the padding in the boot so my foot is almost flat at 90.  He said I could walk/crutch my way along as far as I wanted to.  PT starts Monday morning and we will see how that goes.

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Sep 23 2009

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Tuesday the 7th day after surgery

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I am very happy with the way my recovery is going.  It has only been one week, but it is all good.  Once again I have to thank my family for taking care of me.  I am getting around pretty good with only 10% body weight on my right leg.  Yesterday, I vacuumed our bedroom all I did was walk behind it on my knees.  I go up the stairs on my knees too I think I will need some knee pads.  I am really hoping that on Thursday, my next doctor appointment, my stitches will come out and I will be cleared for 25% body weight.  That might mean I get to use one crutch.  I have an engagement photo shoot to do on Saturday and Giselle will have to help me with that one.  I will make that photo shoot one of my best.  The whole time during recovery I have been coming up with ideas of where I want my photography to go.  And that direction is up to a new level and raise the bar in Texas for photography.

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Sep 21 2009

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Monday is here

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Ok its Monday the 21st of September, and I am feeling pretty good right now.  I decided to go for a quick dip in the tub yesterday instead of the shower.  We have a big tub that has some grooves on the side that look like arm rests for extended soaking.  I used one of the armrests to keep my right foot out of the water.  I think I will go on a schedule of baths and take one every other day weither I need it or not.  Boy, a good cleaning up sure is a good attitude adjuster.  My lovely wife made sure I had everything to keep me comfortable, and she is the best at making me comfortable.  Keep the faith and do what the Dr says.

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Sep 19 2009

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Saturday

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Everyting still feels good and I am doing great.  My wife helped me wash off my leg and foot today.  So I think the rest of the orange stuff from the surgery is off of it now.  When I lay in my bed and watch tv I take the boot off and just leave the wrap on it.  I move my foot up and down like the Dr recommended and it feels fine.  One day at a time and take it slow is the way to go.  Tomorrow I will go into the shower with the help of my lovely wife Giselle. I will only post the PG version….

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Sep 18 2009

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Friday is follow up day

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Well, the Dr unwrapped my bandages and said that the incision area is looking just fine.  He made me move my foot from pointing down to a flat position.  I did not experience any pain at all, but that is as far as I can move it.  So he told me that it is ok for me to wash my foot off and I can take a shower too!  Just do not submerge the incision area in water at all.  So I got home and cleaned my foot off and moved it up and down a few times.  I put the bandage back on and went downstairs and grabbed a beer and raised my can in honor of Dr. Roeder.  I have to go back and see him Thursday next week so he can take the stitches out I think.  And then the following week I will begin PT.  Wow this is moving right along as I hoped it would I will be up an around in another 3-4 weeks.

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Sep 17 2009

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Its Thursday the 17th

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I must say it has gone pretty smooth so far and no real pain to comment on.  Just a little irriation and discomfort.  I got up this morning and stuck my head under the bath faucet and washed my hair.  And over to the sink for a good washing up.  No shower yet I do not want to get the bandage dirty and I am alone.  I might have tried the shower if my wife was here to make sure I did not fall.  We have a large walk in shower with two heads and a built in bench.  So when it is shower time I think I will be able to manage quite well. I feel so much better after a quick clean up too.  I only took one pain pill yesterday and it was at night so I could sleep.  It seems like all the pill does is put me out.  Hope everyone else out there is doing well.

Take care!

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Sep 16 2009

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Post Op still in week one

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Last night was not very good I did not have my leg elevated correctly.  After I corrected it at about 4 am I was able to get in some really good sleep.  Now this morning I am still pain free.  Not sure if I was given a nerve block that is going to wear off sometime but right now I think Dr. Roeder is the best thing since penicillin.  I went down stairs this morning (22 steps I think) and made myself some toast and refilled my ice pack.  Came back upstairs and got comfortable.  Then my wonderful mother in law come in and asked me if I was hungry.  I told her no and just asked for a cup of coffee.  Mom brought it up and let me add the sugar and it was perfect.  Later in the morning Dad came up and we had a full discussion on what good win it was last night for the Marlins.  See Dad is a BIG Marlins fan and this spring we got him the MLB extra innings so he could watch every game.  We live in Texas so it is difficult to catch Marlins games. 

Well, since I am not in any pain today I am going to call the Dr office and ask if I was given a nerve block and if I should worry about it wearing off sometime soon.  Until, then I will stay off the pain pills the less the drugs for me the better.   I can wiggle my toes pretty good up and down and in little circles.  The boot still feels too tight around my ankle bone that is more uncomfortable than my incision area. 
Stay chilly and keep the faith and remember to thank God for all that we have.

Lupe

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Sep 15 2009

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Post Op Week 1

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Ok, had the surgery today 15 August 2009, and here is the story.

I arrived at the out patient clinic at 9:15 and met Becky.  She took all my insurance information, copy of drivers license, and my CASH $480.00.  The cash covered the 20% I have to pay and the insurance company covers the 80% of the cost.  As a matter of fact, the out patient clinic asked me to have the cash ready when they called me the day before.  I guess they were making sure they got the money.  So I sat down and waited with my father in law.  He is good company and great sports almanac.  He is always there when any member of the family needs help.  Thank you Dad. Around 9:30 am the nurse, Lori, took me into the consult room and made me sign all of the usual stuff and ask the normal medical questions.  After that I went straight back to the room with all the sliding curtains and a nursing station.  Lori got my gown for me and directed me to the restroom to get in my surgery room tuxedo.  It was a skimpy normal one you would expect.  As I was changing Lori knocked on the door and came in and gave me a nicer one that hooks up to some kind of heater I am really starting to like this Lori nurse.  After I got changed she escorted me to my bed on wheels and I waited.  At 9:45 she and nurse, I can not remember her name, pulled back the curtain and started with the same old allergy questions.  Then Lori started to get my left hand ready for the IV.  There was little problem with the vein so she was smacking my hand a little to get it to pop up.  I said, “I normally do not have a problem when I give blood is something wrong?” 
“No I just want it to pop up some more to make sure the IV goes in easy.” 
Now I am thinking I really have the right place to take care of me and Lori is a pro.
She kindly used a small needle to inject a small amount of Novicain in my hand where the IV would be inserted.  And I bearly felt it and now I thinking “Lori” is somehow short for Florance.  She put the IV in and I did not feel a thing until she turned on the IV drip.  The site on my hand with the IV got cold and it was uncomfortable but no problem.  Now its about 9:45 am and they leave me alone to listen to the other patients behind the curtains.  No one there is in any real trouble, but the guy to my left was going to have a procedure done on his eye.  10:00 am and Dr. Loddie Roeder slides the curtain back and says, “Well, looks like we are going to have to go through with this because we both showed up.”  He starts to go over the paperwork and asks all the same questions.  Just then his attending comes in and and tells me he must inject the antibiodic in my IV and that it is going to hurt from the cold.  So, Dr. Roeder continues to talk to me and he lifts my blanket and puts his initals on my injured leg.  Then the antibiodic really gets cold and hurts, but again it is bearable.  Both depart and say that they will see me soon in the OR.  Then the anesthesiologist comes by, around 10:10am, and goes over the same list of allergy questions.  Then goes into detail about how I will be wheeled in on my back then he puts me out.  After I am out they will put me on my stomach and get to work.  When the work is done on my leg they flip me back over and wheel me out to reocovery.  Right after that the attending comes in and says, “Margarita time!”  He put the lovely cocktail in my IV and then I start to get wheeled out.  As we pass through different little halls the temperature starts to drop.  I mention it to the driver and he said that when we get in the OR it will be colder.  I said, “Do you guys keep swinging beef in here too?” 
“No, but on the weekends we do process wild game.”
“Nice you got me”  I said.
The door to the OR opens up and the first thing I hear is “Gotta whole lotta love…” classic Zepp on the radio.  I said, “Oh yeah, will classic rock and roll be on the whole time?”
“No Dr. Roeder likes country so we will change it when he comes in.”
“Ok whatever makes him focus do it.” I said with a polite, yet firm tone.
The anesthesiologist said, “Here we go.”  I think I remember about 5 seconds then I was OUT!
I woke up and did not feel a single bit of pain in my leg.  It was wrapped in a bandage and I had a walking boot on.  They gave me the run down on keep it elevated and put some ice under my knee.  And the Dr told me to come see him Friday for a follow up.  I was given Hydrocodone for the pain and I think that the pain is going to come TOMORROW.  And I am a little scared because right now I still do not feel a thing…But I am taking the meds as directed to control the pain now before it hits me like a truck tomorrow.

Good night for now and I will let everyone know how it feels in the morning sorry for the long dialog if you made it this far in the post.

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Sep 12 2009

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Happy for Michigan

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I am hoping that the USC victory will help MI move up in the top 25.  Not being ranked is a bummer.  It will help me with all the future down time I am going to have…..

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