Shower Bag

February 21, 2019 | | Leave a Comment

I forgot the picture for the shower bag. It has an elastic openning that slips over a cast or a boot. I also use a shower chair to sit on, and I prop up my foot on the side of the tub.

I highly recommend it, even if it is like $25. No mess with torn bags and tape and tearing hair off your leg.

I found this other one on Amazon, it seems similar and cheaper than what I got locally. You want one that goes up to just below your knee.

Waterproof Cast Cover Lower Leg, Adult Plastic Dry Bag & Water Tight Seal

History in Pictures

February 20, 2019 | | Leave a Comment

I have pictures figured out, so here they are

My ankle after the tear:



Comparison with the other, I dont think too different, and not a lot of pain after the initial break



My first ‘cast’, actually several splints held together with Ace bandages and with soft padding underneath. It allowed swelling, but my foot still hurt on top because of the swelling and pressure from the bandage



This shower bag was really great, I highly recommend it, even if it is $25. No mess with torn bags and tape and tearing hair off your leg.



My foot after one week, about to get the splint/cast replaced with a newer one.



After two weeks, my splint/cast came off, I had lost already a lot of calf muscle in three weeks since the injury.



Im starting to use this iWalk crutch, seems better than real crutches, I need to practice some more



The new cast is hard fiberglass, but the swelling is down so should be ok. I picked the color red, makes it very easy for people to see and feel sorry for me, I mean, not step on it.

2 Weeks Post Op

February 18, 2019 | | 2 Comments

I had my splints/Ace bandage ‘cast’ removed and everything looked good. I really focused on elevation and ice and the doctor was pleased with how the swelling had gone down and the incisions were healing well. I also learned that it is common for other parts of the foot to hurt because of the swelling in the tight ‘cast’.

And what had helped A LOT was to ice the part of the foot that HURTS, not just only the surgical site! Duh!

So the new cast is a REAL cast, solid, made with wet fiberglass cloth wrapped around a long sock over my foot nearly up to the knee, that solidifies when it dries, in about 5 minutes.

They pushed, pointed my foot up to reduce the angle and make it closer to the normal. That really stretches the tendon, and I had a level of 2 and 3 out of 10 pain level. However, it calmed down within an hour and should be ok within a couple of days.

I upped my pain pills, at their recommendation, for a day or two.

But I was quite physiologically queasy of the idea of anyone touching and bending my new foot. It was small and naked and seemed so fragile. I lost a lot of my calf muscles already, and I have two more weeks with the new cast!

I did enjoy caressing my leg/foot and gently trying to rub some life back into it. I hated to say goodbye to it.

They thought the iWalk crutch would be fine, as long as I dont overdo it. But not to be working on the floors.

They said the recovery is one of crossing several mountain ranges. At each peak there is pain, and you cross a new boundary, then it wears off and you have more ability, and are ok, until the next mountain/milestone.

SUGGESTION: Bring pain pills with you to take immediately after the cast is put on.

One week post OP

February 12, 2019 | | 2 Comments

Im off the prescription pain killers for 1 1/2 days now. Just barely making it with IBProfen 800 mg every 8 hours, lots of ice and elevation still. The foot feels heavy, swollen and painful when the IBProfen is about to wear off.

Again, the pain seems the be in the rest of my foot, in a sprain(s?) while the incision feels good.

Now Im really starting to sleep, like 3 hours at a time, three in a row. Seems the prescription pain killer, something like Hydrocodone Acetemphemine was keeping me awake.

Day 5, Sprain pain

February 9, 2019 | | Leave a Comment

I have had more pain, up to level 7 or 8. I went in for them to check my cast. It seems the surgery is healing well, but I may have sprained my ankle and that is giving my a lot of constant pain.
Answer, IBRUPROFEN and ice and elevation. All in all, making it hard to sleep. but they recommended Benadryl for that.

So this is not a straight line up for recovery.

Third Day

February 7, 2019 | | 2 Comments

OK, now the pain is decreasing, but Im still using the happy pills, just stretching out their duration.

My greater pain is now the top of the ankle, like the splint is on too tight. But with the pill it is ok. The previous bee stings pains from the stitches are pretty much gone.

Got to go outside, kind of nice.
And Now Im publishing my blog and sending it around to friends and family.

Second Day

February 7, 2019 | | 3 Comments

By far the most pain, the second night. Finally I have figured out how to sleep mostly on my stomach and keeping my ankle up. I did not use the ice as much and I think that was partly a pain causer, but also the knee block was over.

So now Im taking happy pills nearly every six hours, I try to stretch it out to seven hours. But I use IBProfen halfway through because the pain rises before the happy pill’s time is complete.

When I feel good, I have been able to work on the transitions on my new flooring downstairs, by sitting on the ground or in my chair and drilling holes and hammering away at the transition pieces. Something to keep my busy.

Im still not sleeping very well, usually no more than an hour at a time. But I dont feel very tired.

After the surgery they gave me a Coke so that probably kept me so awake the first night too.

GOOD NEWS, I happened to talk with a medical professional today, and they said that I was in the acute phase of recovery. I take that to mean that today is the worst, and it will all get better from here!

First Day Afterwards

February 7, 2019 | | 10 Comments

We had already prepared for incapaciation at home.

Our first floor has a den, a bathroom and a guest bedroom that my wife and I moved into. She went upstairs all the time to make meals, and get clothing. I just stayed downstairs, mostly, and I used an office chair with wheels to move around. Fortunately I had just put in vinyl plank floors, so I could really scoot around easily.

I got lots of reading done and work on my computer. Yeah, Netflix too!

Crutches were difficult to control, so I’m looking to get an iWalk 2.0 peg leg crutch.

First Night

February 7, 2019 | | Leave a Comment

Do do I take the Hydratecodone Acetephenomine or whatever it is called opiate pill? I call it my happy pill. It comes with lots of warnings of addiction, death by lack of breathing, death by irritation, etc….

I have not had liver problems or medication problems before, so I was not opposed. Anesthesiologist said dont take it till you need it, and it takes 20 minutes before it starts to work. She said ‘OLD SCHOOL’ said to stay ahead of the pain and take it on the hour.

BUT my surgeon said to take it at 9:30 pm, dont wait for the pain.

So I went ahead and took it. The first night I couldnt sleep. Perhaps I slept 4 hours. I was wide awake, but pain level of 1 or 2 out of 10.

In retrospect, my knee block was still working just fine. Perhaps I didnt need the pill yet.

The Surgery

February 7, 2019 | | Leave a Comment

I had waited several days for the surgery, and I was a bit nervous, was this really the right option? It was the most significant injury of my life, I had just had sprained ankles, pulled muscles, nothing too bad.

I had the surgery where they make a small incision and slide a little ‘jig’ as he called it, under the skin and sew sutures.  They never come out.

This seemed the best option but risks infection. But the recurance rate of non-surgical treatment was about 30%, which was much to high for my tastes. 5% after surgery, so that’s the route I have. Supposed to be less time in a boot/cast, but that is not as important to me.

I HAD A NERVE BLOCK below the knee, I just happened to mention it because I had read about it. It was great! Just a bee sting behind the knee.

I also had general anesthesia.

I was in significant pain after the surgery, about 7 out of 10. They gave me some pills, and that brought it down to 5. By the evening I was down to about 3.

The ‘cast’ is like a bunch of splints and padding wrapped around the ankle and calf with an Ace bandage. Not to get it wet. My toes can still move, and he said it was ok to scrunch my foot.