5 weeks post op

May 17th, 2014

I am 5 weeks post op today and just got out of my series or cast this past Tuesday and into my doc given air cast. Being in a cast for 3-1/2 weeks was the worst days of my life. I didn’t sleep AT ALL. I felt constant hot spotsand had to keep getting new casts changed out. Finally my surgeon said enough of the cast being I’m at 100% neutral position. Thank God! I couldn’t go another minute with it on. I’ve had great sleep and was able to go back to work this week on light duty scheduling surgeries. I’ll take it, if it gets me back to work for now.

I was also given the ok to start PT this next week but my order still says NWB and I’m sad for that. Was really hoping to slowly begin to put my foot to the floor and get this process in motion. I have 10 weeks left of light duty until I have to be able to walk and stand for up to 12 hours to return to my actual job. I keep thinking positively that this can happen in the next 8-10 weeks. I’m very tight when trying to stretch myself at home when I do take the boot off for minutes at a time or in the shower knowing that it will get better. With time!!!
Looking forward to PT very much!

5 Responses to “5 weeks post op”

  1. normofthenorth on May 19, 2014 12:42 pm

    The risks of following a good documented protocol are probably <= to the risks of going on your current path, based on the evidence. It’s always possible that your OS knows some important secrets, but… And if you continue crutch-walking but rest and roll your boot on the floor with no weight, I see no added risk, and it might help your brain and body remember how to walk.

  2. davidk on May 19, 2014 12:48 pm

    Glad you’re getting some good sleep now–nothing goes well without that basic ingredient! You’re getting very close now to PWB, and your PT should be able to help/guide you with that transition. Stay positive–it does get better from where you are now and once you start PWB, FWB is not far off either. Good luck! -David

    P.S. I recommend you add the ATR Timeline and ATR NYC Marathon widgets to your blog site. The former gives readers immediate context about your recovery status, and the latter provides a good visual about how far you’ve come and how far you’ve yet to go.

  3. nwebber on May 19, 2014 1:06 pm

    as always Thanks Normofthenorth for all your kind words and expertise of info. I will try the rest and roll thing, sounds like a good idea!

    davidk I’ve tried to put the ATR timeline and the ATR NYC marathon up but have not had ANY luck. I am not technology dumb and it kills me that I can’t figure this out lol!!!
    Wish me luck on PT tonight :-o
    I’ll keep at it….

  4. normofthenorth on May 20, 2014 12:42 pm

    Thanks for the thanks!
    The widgets disappear (on full-size displays) when using some display themes. I’m here on my Android phone now, and I see the widgets fine, right below here. The mobile display lines everything up vertically. Sometimes a nuisance - on the Main Page I’m now using Search in Page for “rece” to jump to the 2 places that interest me! - but sometimes an advantage.

  5. tatyana on May 20, 2014 2:23 pm

    You and I are on the same timeline. I agree with David. It gets better swiftly from where you are now. PWB is very brief. I was ordered to forget about crutches 3 weeks post op, but only after Norm explained how to walk properly in the boot, I became confident. I am back to work too.

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