Frisco tourbusdriver and guide forced to wait out summer with Achilles Tendon rupture

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sudden strange twinges of pain in ruptured ankle, one year later

Posted at: June 11th, 2009 - 2:34 pm - Number of Comments » 5

A whole tourist summer passed me by as I sat thinking, reading, blogging, DVD’ing, etc.  With a right ATR, I was afraid to risk driving, and spent a lot of time at home, often considering both  of my white, white legs.  Now, as of this week, it’s over!  I can drive, I can go back [...]

Posted at: September 19th, 2008 - 7:56 pm - Number of Comments » 7

One night, watching TV and “spelling the alphabet” with my toe, it dawned on me that the jolting between the strokes of an A or E was mildly annoying.  Suddenly, a stroke of genius!  My old Gregg shorthand skills, which I had learned 30 years ago in a girls’ Catholic high school, would be perfect [...]

Posted at: September 8th, 2008 - 1:41 pm - Number of Comments » 0

I am curious to know if we are all under some strange compunction not to name our doctors.  I know that I hesitated myself at first, and have refrained from it throughout my postings.  Is there some kind of unspoken rule in the medical world generally?  Even when we’ve had a fabulous experience with it?
Second [...]

Posted at: August 27th, 2008 - 6:45 pm - Number of Comments » 5

My final post-op came at 8 weeks, after 2 weeks of walking in two-shoes, heel lifts and crutches.  My doctor felt that I could be released to slowly walk properly on my own, that I could be trusted to be careful in the following four final weeks, to simply walk around for recuperating the ankle [...]

Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 - 12:31 am - Number of Comments » 4

The tour business is in full swing, and I can work as a lecturer (”step-on” jobs) as well as a busdriver.  However, when colleagues call me with last-minute city or wine tours, I realize that I would be taking a very big chance to walk around, even with a crutch, at only 7 weeks post-op, [...]

Posted at: August 13th, 2008 - 2:44 pm - Number of Comments » 1

I had just been getting used to 3.5 weeks of a FWB walking cast.  No driving or anything, but going places, including the library and shops, clumping around with no crutches, even in the redwoods with the nephew.
Now it’s back to crutches, although no cast.  No one had warned me, but I did remember to [...]

Posted at: August 7th, 2008 - 7:39 pm - Number of Comments » 2

The niece and nephew are still in town, 4.8 and 11 respectively, in desperate need of entertainment.  Prior to my ATR, their Aunt Mary was their main transport around and a big chunck of their entertainment as well, since I could let them come on the local bustours with me.  Alas!  No driving!
I decided to [...]

Posted at: August 5th, 2008 - 1:22 am - Number of Comments » 5

Yesterday was my second post-op appt, after 2 weeks in the splint and 3 in a cast.  First came the young resident ortho, who said that it was time to go to the second cast.
I asked, “Will I ever be using a walking boot in your protocol, or just casting?”
He answered that it was too [...]

Posted at: August 1st, 2008 - 4:51 pm - Number of Comments » 13

Well, it takes an disability-based websurfer to find these things!  In India, most ATR’s are caused not by sports but by slipping off squat toilets, or as they call them, “Indian-style toilets”.  Physical therapy is almost never really done because of the living situation of these people, and they regain 50-70% of their former tendon use. 
So [...]

Posted at: July 27th, 2008 - 1:55 am - Number of Comments » 1