It’s been awhile since my last post, perhaps because I can’t seem to sit in one place long enough… I am truly relishing the ability to finally move around.
Anyways, I just wanted to say hello and that I am training for a century bike ride in August. I hopped back on my bike this week and did 76.1 miles (to be technical) and my leg feels great. I also went to an 80’s prom and danced for a solid 4+ hours this past weekend. :)
For anyone who just signed onto this board, good luck and there is light at the tend of the tunnel!
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Tomorrow I am officially out of “das boot” and in 2 shoes and able to drive. It’s funny how my mood has suddenly changed. The last few weeks, as I mentioned before, I was rather down. However, now, I can’t stop smiling. It’s funny how much this injury has effected my life and probably those around me. After reading countless amount books, knitting a dog sweater and hat, and bedazzling my crutches, I am finally able to “rejoin” society - with a slight limp.
Walking around in shoes feels like walking around on a sprain, but it feels great!
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I just got back from the doctor’s appt. and he told me that I can walk(in two shoes) and drive in one week!!!
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Still stuck on crutches for another 5 weeks! I had my follow up appointment yesterday and the doctor told me that I have at least 8 more weeks until I would be in two shoes. :( Even my physical therapist was surprised that I was still on crutches. Crossing my fingers I would be crutch free for Christmas, my birthday, or the New Year. Apparently not. i think I am going to start decorating my crutches. Needlesss to say, I am still in shocked by how long Achilles recovery takes.
Now I am going to re-read the Black Dog blog.
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This past Monday was my second post op visit and they put me in a CAM boot. I was pretty elated to hear I was going to take the split cast off after 4 weeks. The leg atrophy quite a bit and my calf was very flabby and squishy. I went to physical therapy the same day. It was pretty surreal not being able to move my foot. I never imagined this — reading the blog gave me some insight as to what to expect but seeing it for myself is pretty surreal.
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I made it through my first post op visit and it went well. Stitches were taken out - surprisingly that didn’t hurt. There was only minor bruising. It felt pretty amazing to have the splint cast off. Overall my leg did not shrink too much.. Time will tell. I am overall pretty elated. I month down - 2 more to go. Pictures to follow.
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Bringing sexy back!
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So my doctor called me today to check in - (which was nice..) He decides to tell me that, “you were the worst Achilles I have ever seen - you really thrashed it.” Great. I will be posting pictures as soon as I get back to my apartment to download them.Filed under Uncategorized | Comments (2)
Well I am post op- day 2. Apparently I shredded the tendon and the doctor had a difficult time locating the tendon and ”sewing” the tendons together. The surgery went from 1 hour to 3.5 hours. I am pretty stoked I do have some pictures from the surgery. They are pretty amazing (better than pictures I found on google.) I am a bit surprised by the amount of pain I have been in. I did not want to take the pain medications (Vicodin) however I can not sleep due to the pain and have had a difficult time relaxing. I have this burning sensation - is that normal, typical? I do know that I have a larger incision because of the difficulty they had locating the tendon - so that also means that my tendon is going to be shorter. Figures, nothing is easy.
I am really grateful for this website - any suggestions people have with the post op recovery is much appreciated. Good luck to everyone else.
My leg is finally not numb. That really freaked me out - I had to have assistance standing up because I could not move my leg. Weirdest and scariest feeling I have ever had. Needless to say, I am happy I know have some feeling back.Filed under Uncategorized | Comments (4)
Thursday, October 2, 2008, at 11:30 pm, Another one bites the dust.. I ruptured my Achilles playing volleyball- first match of the season! I played the first game with ease. Then middle of the second game, while I was in back row going for a pass I felt this sharp pain in my calf. After the play ended, I kept asking, “what hit me, who hit me, etc.” My teammates convinced me that no one or thing hit me. As I hobbled off the court, I knew this wasn’t just a sprained ankle..
Driving home I called my dad and he said it might be my achilles. No way, not possible - I just pulled something.. I hobbled up the three flights of stairs to my apartment with tears of anger and pain streaming down my face. Finally I got into my apartment to access the damage. After taking off my right shoe and ankle brace, I did not see any bruising or swelling. Not good…
Friday, October 3, 2008, When I woke up my leg was still throbbing but not as bad. Good sign? I decide to go to the doctor, but since I do not have a regular doctor I had to go to the ER. Initially I was extremely embarassed -thinking I was going in with a pulled muscle or sprain, little did I know 8 hours later, I would be leaving in a splint cast and have surgery schedule for the following week.
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