9 1/2 weeks - Consultant Review

So pleased, I’ve been released from the boot and been given permission to wear two shoes and drive. Consultant really impressed with my walking, tendon strength/healing and overall movement of the foot/ankle - first physio appointment booked for Monday and start strengthening work at 12 weeks. There’s nothing like the sense of joy that this next part of the journey brings - still a long way to go but the hard work and determination has paid off. Now up to 10,000 steps a day and 10-12 minutes on the rower. Still got another 2 1/2 months of anti coagulants to finish off those pesky little DVTs. I’m off to Foot Locker to get fitted for some fabulous new trainers this weekend as a reward for surviving this last 9 1/2 weeks and to help me continue to improve in this next phase………

9 Weeks In

Well this is my first post. I am 9 weeks in on my Achilles journey. At 46, whilst on holiday in the Maldives, I sustained a total rupture of the right achilles tendon during a jump whilst dancing barefoot on a wooden dancefloor to the song Titanium. I had also been jumping around in delight some 30 minutes earlier when watching Federer smash Murray at Wimbledon. We were 8 days into a 10 day stay on the island followed by 4 days in Singapore. I have an ED Nurse background and knew immediately what had happened, the crack was audible above the music and my right leg was immediately useless. NWB on a paradise island is pretty tricky, crutches and wheelchair do not work well on sand! Once in Singapore, I was put in plaster and given crutches but by the time I returned home to Australia, 7 days after the injury I had the ultrasounds that diagnosed both the complete rupture but also 3 DVTS - agghhhhhh. So I was put in an equinous slab and started on anti-coagulant therapy. Saw the Orthopaedic Consultant a few days later who advised that any option of surgery was out of the window due to the DVTs and so my conservative treatment regime commenced. I’ve been in a camboot for 6 weeks after the 3 weeks in plaster. I’ve used a knee scooter whilst NWB then crutches for PWB and this last 10 days I’ve been FWB in the camboot and around the house in the evening, barefoot FWB. My consultant review is in 3 days and I’m hoping I might be healed enough to progress to the rehab stage maybe? I found this site a few days ago and I’ve been reading other stories which is really helpful for keeping things in perspective, appreciating that we all heal at different rates etc. I’m now up to 10,000 steps a day again (my normal daily walking) and 10 minutes a day on the rower. The anti coagulants continue for another 2 1/2 months but I’ve been symptom free from within 48 hours of starting the therapy so I’m telling myself that this is a positive sign that they are starting to shrink away. Looking forward to sharing support and tips over the coming months……

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