Dec 15 2008

27 Week- 6 1/2 month update……

Published by marianne at 6:20 pm under Uncategorized

Well, like most of us “veterans”, I have been reading the posts regularly, but haven’t posted for about 6 wks.  Not much new to report……My scar looks the same as my post 10 weeks ago, but it does feel better, which is great news– not much pain anymore, just stiffness/tightness mainly.  I still use a cane, because the leg strength not being there still scares me.  Limp is still there, but getting better.  I still have the tingling feeling in the bottom of my foot, when I first get up in the morning….first few steps are still tough, but getting better as well.  I am still walking slowly which is really a hazard when I go shopping during this busy season…..I’m just not in a rush, like I use to be, anymore.  I wonder if I will ever be able to move as quickly as I once did?????  I am grateful for the fact that the pain has pretty much subsided, unless I bump it or step in a wierd way…’s not totally gone, but I don’t think about it all the time now.  It’s wierd reading how many of you never experienced pain, even after the surgery…don’t quite understand that, but I must just be hypersensitive :)   I virtually have no swelling anymore and the color of my leg and foot has really improved.  I still notice, in the morning, some blotchy coloring of my leg, but nothing like it used to get.  Still struggling with standing and walking for lengths of time….I guess that too will come–frustrating that I can only walk so far without one or both of my legs/feet feeling sore…..still wearing my trusty trainers—very comfy :)

I guess I’m at the point where I feel like this should all be over by now, but then I remember how far I have come and that makes me stop feeling sorry for myself.  I also am well aware that this is a year long endeavor, but I have mentally been having a hard time still with it.   I go back to the ortho-doc on Jan. 6th for follow-up which will be 7 months post-op.  Haven’t had anymore PT except the 12 weeks I went after losing the boot.  I’m not an “exerciser” like many of you are….I just want to be able to walk normally without feeling off balance, etc.  Have been riding the recumbent bike, and doing stretching exercises, but that’s it.  I know…..i’ve been slacking :( and watching lots of football.

KKdub, thanks for asking about me and GO Bears at the Emerald Bowl!!!!!  You inspired me to update all of you….Happy holidays and Happy Healing to you all!!

4 Responses to “27 Week- 6 1/2 month update……”

  1. Sanfrantourguideon 15 Dec 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Marianne,

    I remember you! We are almost at the same time period. I am walking normally, but strange twinges of pain, very slight but unnerving, can occur suddenly, at really odd moments, perhaps once every other day at most. So it is a good reminder that the healing is not quite complete, and be careful! The scar is still pink, but more faded, and more flattened down. Meanwhile, since I always wear pants, no one notices at all, though some are shocked by the length of it if I show it to them.

    I am a slacker like you but I try to walk as much as I can, not just for the leg strenth and achilles’ tendon strengthening, but also to get the BP down and to stay down. I’ve lost some weight with all the stress so I am happy about that. Perhaps happiness makes me gain weight - oh no!

    Merry Christmas and all that jazz! Watch out for the mistletoe!


  2. mandyon 16 Dec 2008 at 9:05 am

    Hi Marianne,

    It was nice reading your blog. Good luck with your recovery. Happy Holidays and hopefully the new year will be better than the last!

    Mandy :)

  3. marianneon 16 Dec 2008 at 10:21 am

    Sanfrantourguide- glad to hear you are doing so well!!! I remember you too… live in the city I grew up in ;) Wow, “walking normally”….that’s awesome!!! Keep healing and Merry Christmas to you too….

    Mandy - I just read your recent blog and went back to read more of your story….my doc said I also was the worst achilles case he has had :(, but you will get there. I have been one of the slow recoverys, but as Dennis and Doc Ross have pointed out, “slow and steady wins the race”….we will all be “normal” eventually :) Happy Holidays to you too and amen to a better new year!!!!!

  4. screwdriveron 28 Dec 2008 at 6:19 pm


    how are you - hope you are doing well wth your range of motion .
    i am 30 weeks post op and i can now do jogging , single leg calf raises but to tell you honestly i still get aches and pain sometimes . it occurs mostly when i stay at one spot for a long time like sleeping , or sitting - then when i get up to walk - the first few minutes are sore.
    But of course we all have different pan threshold tolerances and i take it pretty well coz after my sugery i only took advil once a day for 1 week and thats it . i did not take the percocet coz it makes me too groggy.
    i also am a physical therapist and i only did exercises after i came out of the boot for 4 weeks . the rest of the exercises came from work walking all day in the hospital getting people up and walking .
    hoping for you a speedier recovery .

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