Three week update

Went in for my three week check up.  I received another fiberglass cast with a smaller rubber wedge under my heel.  I am led to believe next week will be another cast with no wedge.  If all goes well, I’ll be in a walking boot around the five week point.  The incision appears to be healing nicely, it looks much better and not so scary.  I can say I look forward to giving my left calf and foot a very thorough, but gentle scrubbing.

I have pretty much said the hell with the crutches as of yesterday.  I just hobble around and take it slow and easy keeping all the weight on the heel.  If I get tired, I just find a bench and rest a few minutes before moving along.  Pain is slight to none at all, but I can tell if I have been standing too long.

A few thoughts looking back based on what I lived through.  I wish I would have gotten a decent foldable wheel chair to use from post surgery up to end of the third week.  Crutches are okay for covering up to about 40 yards, after that a wheelchair is a clear winner.  My object here is to try and get around as easy as I can without reinjuring my Achilles and prevent further damage to shoulders and wrists.  There are no prizes for long distance crutching as far as I know.  I did end up with two good rubs on the inside of each wrist.  I started using sweat bands and they helped to keep the rub off the skin although a bit late.

I did end up getting the iwalk and think it is pretty slick.  Watching their online videos is worth the time.  Due to being at the end of a 8,000 mile supply line here in S.Korea, sometimes it takes ten days for items to get here.  Three days after I received it I found I could hobble around fairly well and didn’t really bother with it anymore.  There is a learning curve with it, learning to relax while wearing the device and trusting it felt like the major hurdles to clear to get really comfortable on it.

One Response to “Three week update”

  1. Sounds like you are doing well- yes as soon as you get a boot the first shower and getting to wash the leg is the best.
    Crutches really can be frustrating, they so often seem to get in the way and definitely leave some sore spots on the upper body. The downside of not using them is that it is very tough not to limp!
    I ruptured for the first time over 15 years ago and hobbled around in a cast. By the time I was out of the casts I had a limp that was far worse than it needed to be. Learning to walk without a limp is not that easy.
    This time around I am in a boot, FWB and could easily ditch the crutches. I am happily hanging on to them (often just 1) and walking slowly and as smoothly as I can in the hope I will skip a lot of extra PT work after the boot is off.
    You are so right there is a learning curve, not just with aids like the Iwalk, but with the whole recovery marathon. All the best!

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