9 weeks post-op. No news=good news.

May 13, 2017

Not much news this week. I put PT on hold for a while because my insurance provider has limited my number of covered visits. I’m supposed to get 20 and they’ve decided 8 should be enough to cover this. Haha…I wonder if someone coded the problem as a sprained ankle, rather than a complete rupture? Who knows anymore in this crazy insurance landscape.

Apparently I can get more visits approved with a note from the doctor so I’ll ask him about that at my visit next week. I’ve burned 6 already so I didn’t want to use up the last two quickly. It’s not a huge deal to miss PT right now, anyway, because aside from a 5-minute bike warmup I’m really only doing ROM stuff I can do at home. I don’t get enough out of the 1 to 1.5 hours to justify the trouble of getting a ride over there.

I might use this break to check out another PT place and reset the whole process - I’m not quite sold on the current clinic, to the point that I was already thinking of looking elsewhere before the visit count became an issue.

Enough about provider issues! I feel good about my ROM progress and I’m moving around in the boot a lot better than last week. It’s nice to be able to get out and do more things, like an all-day outing to the Greek festival we’ll be checking out tomorrow in Charleston.

My heel still gets sore by the end of the day. I’m not sure there’s much to be done about that (beyond my heel cushion insert). I’ve taken a few tentative steps out of the boot and it feels odd but not impossible to manage, so I’m still hopeful about getting the go-ahead for two shoes and maybe even driving next week.

I’m not thinking much in terms of strength yet. I do try some isometric *not sure of the term - no real resistance* calf tensing/releasing each day. I can feel a little more every time, if that makes any sense. When I first started it felt like there was one tiny string trying to do some work. Now it feels like a group of muscles slowly waking up.

That’s about all for week 9. Still hard to believe this all happened. At least the shock of the injury and surgery are slowly fading away.