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6 weeks post op visit

July 9th, 2008 by screwdriver

After 6 weeks , the cast came off today . i wanna tell you guys about the saw they use to cut the cast off.
they tell you dont worry coz it does not cut . to tell you guys honestly the saw they use can cut hard things and cannot cut soft things . thats why it cannot cut the cotton wadding and your muscles coz they are soft . they can cut the fiberglass cast coz they are hard . you know what else is hard- YOUR BONE so when they are cutting and they graze by a bony part - they can cut your skin.

i know coz i got nicked today , i felt burning at the side of my foot . after takng it off i saw 2 spots with blood in there. its ok - no biggie as long as it does not get infected . we wont now til later right?

My protocol is rather conservative imo. i was able to put my leg to 90 degrees on my own effort - thats what they call neutral . the doctor wont alow me to do anything past 90 degrees for another month . i can do exercises without any load from 90 degrees to pointing my toes down. NOTHING WAY PAST 90 degrees.
i am in a boot that permits me to move my ankle from toes pointing down to 90 degrees.
SO i am assuming that what is harmful is the stretch per se on the tendon. but exercising it unloaded is ok - just doing active range of motion not beyond 90 degrees.

i am partial weight bearing 25% and to increase every week by 25% so in 4 weeks ill be full weight bearing .i bought a soccer type socks made by under armor and it feels good in the boot.i still use the crutches.

its nice to feel being out of the cast really . i can now take baths beter in a shower chair INSIDE HE TUB OR THE WALK IN SHOWER.

well ill write something up again later.

BTW i dont know but i feel its inappropriate for a doctor to charge for signatures . they asked me $15 for them to fill out my disability form from aflac. i think and feel its the doctors job without ay additional fees to sign a document regarding my case. maybe im just too tight huh.

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