How Did I Get Hurt?

Let’s go back a bit to Thursday october 2nd, 2008. My co-workers invited to a game of softball that afternoon. “Cool!” is what I thought. So I get on my trusty Fuji mountain bike and head over to the ball field. When I arrive I see the guys are hoopin’ it up. “Yo, Maestro, we’re shooting some hoops until we can get the softball field [kids were playing a game at the time]. Okay, I thought, I’ll wait this out on the sidelines till we can get the field. They’re short one man which means I have to play. Maybe about 40 minutes in I could have sworn someone kicked the crap out of me with a pair of work boots in the back of my ankle! As you all know it hella hurt! So I continued on till the game was over limping all over the court. Once the game was over I sat on the sidelines thinking that I would be okay. Once the pain didn’t go away I told the guys that I couldn’t continue and that I was finished for the day.

So I hop on my bike and I can’t pedal! I can’t really push down! Now I’m thinking I am REALLY hurt! Anywho I make it home which was only about 12 minutes away. Throw my foot into a bucket of ice water and soak my ankle. My next move is to just chill out and do the R.I.C.E. method. Next morning I see my doctor [who I won't be seeing anymore] [HE SUCKS!]. I ask my doctor if he thinks there may be damage to my Achilles? “NO. Just rest it and you’ll be fine in about a week.” Fast forward to the next Thursday October 9, 2008 when I go back to my doctor. I don’t feel like I’m getting any better. I can’t push off my foot. I can’t walk. Hence my reason for coming back to see him. Dr. jerkoff doesn’t seem too concerned in helping me find out whats wrong. If he had given me the Thompsons Test I would be further along right now.

I’ll jump ahead to the next day when I see my podiatrist who treated me for plantar fasciitis. Just my luck. All the surgeons are out and the one who is in is preparing for surgery. “Come back on monday and we’ll take care of you.” Monday, Columbus day and my podiatrist is on the ball. I get an ultrasound taken, send me out for an MRI and both show the tear in the achilles. I get set up to see an orthopedic surgeon tuesday october 14th. From there I get  scheduled for surgery on friday october 17th 2008.

3 Comments so far

  1. tiancai17 on October 18th, 2008

    Wow. Sorry to hear that you have to deal with an incompetent doctor. ATR is not hard to diagnose at all; I didn’t even need a MRI because it was evident with the Thompsons Test and just not be able to press my foot down. I hope all goes with your surgery.

  2. MarilynRD on October 20th, 2008

    Hi Maestro,
    Thanks for sharing this story. Unfortunately Patients need to be advocates for themselves and this is another example of how one needs to keep seeking answers, from Doctors who sometimes do not do their jobs. I am glad you finally got the help you deserve. Health care is a right, not a priviledge, and there needs to be competent profressionals running things. Keep up the good recovery, and reading here as you will find out that there is more information here than you can ever get in a 15 min office visit. I can’t believe you were able to get yourself home! You must be a very strong and healthy person otherwise and I am sure will do quite well now that your fixed up! (Hopefully the “delay” in treatment didn’t have any bad effects except increased insurance coverage? :) MarilynRD, RN
    p.s. What kind of work do you do? Sitting? Standing? Hope you can return soon.

  3. maestro on October 20th, 2008

    I have been beating myself over this whole ordeal because you are absolutely right about being more proactive. I instinctively knew something was wrong with me other than a sprained ankle and I should have followed my instincts. I only hope there aren’t problems because of the delay in treatment. However I am optimistic that I’ll make a full and thorough recovery.

    My work? I need my feet. I work/walk in subwway tunnels and elevated structures. I should be able to work in an office environment until I am totally “HEELED”.:)

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