mo808’s AchillesBlog

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March 15th, 2014 · 16 Comments

Hi Folks & Welcome!

I am new to blogging, and recently new to a sports related injury — ATR to my right foot!

Since, this is my first post, I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I live in Kailua, on the island of Oahu (on the Windward side) in Hawaii.  I am 57 years young, married with four grown sons and one grand-daughter.  I work full-time in my neighborhood at a well known medical facility.  My husband works on the South shore at a well known hotel as a chef. We still have two sons living at home with us.

I’ve always tried to maintain a good weight and exercise lifestyle, but in recent years it’s been so hard to be both disciplined and motivated.  I’ve always had those ups and downs and peaks and valleys of healthy eating choices and the right balance of activity.  Needless to say, the scale or my clothes would clue me that it was time to get serious again.

On 2/3/14 while working out at a neighborhood fitness class at about 5:30am,  I ruptured my right achilles tendon.  I was working at a station with another boot camp member running in place when I felt as though I was kicked extremely hard at the back of my foot.  Immediately, my heel went numb.  I limped off the mat; massaged the foot; drove home to ice the foot and leg.  In spite of the injury, I showered, dressed, and went to work.

Since I do work at a medical facility, I also scheduled an appointment to see a doctor that day.  She took an x-ray, examined the leg and told me it could take weeks for the bruising, swelling, pain to subside. I was wrapped up with an Ace bandage and told to elevate and ice often.

I continued that week with the icing and elevating, but after one week–I scheduled a follow up on 2/10/14–because I was still not able to walk properly.  She noted the bruising was only beginning to subside but remarked that for some it takes months to improve.  I told her there is something more going on here and asked for an MRI. She ordered it as well as a referral to an orthopedic physician.

Three days pass and still not contacted to do MRI and I am getting impatient.  I discovered when speaking to a co-worker that it was likely that the medical assistant did not call in for the prior authorization. This co-worker offers to do so for me–and boom get a call back that evening from her that auth is good! I then call Radiology and schedule the MRI.

The next day, 2/14/14, I called the orthopedic department (I was referred in house) to schedule an appointment–but no availability for several weeks.

I went to see my primary physician on 2/15/14 for regular lab work follow up and he recommends an orthopedic doctor in town. But as it turned out he could only see me sooner if during my work hours.

The MRI was not done until 2/18/14, but on 2/19/14 the results were sent to the doctor who forwarded them to me.  A lot of the report was more medical terminology than my pay grade, but I knew enough to know it wasn’t good news.

Since, I was still seeing a physical therapist for my right shoulder (Janet), she suggested Dr Rasmussen here in my neighborhood. The soonest I could get in to see her was 2/26/14.

Finally, appointment day!  Dr Rasmussen has me lay on my stomach, pressed the back of my right calf muscle and says “ATR”.  She asks, “When did this happen?  2/3/14 and today is 2/26/14?  You should have had surgery 3weeks ago!  You needed this done 3weeks ago–and though I am booked tomorrow–no matter! I am adding you to my surgical schedule 2/27/14!”

Hallelujah!

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