My husband just came back from the doctor — the boot came off and a shoe went on. Hooray!
The doc removed the boot and felt the surgery site and said “good, the tendon is attached.” I said “sheesh, have you ever had to say ‘darn, it’s not attached’?” He laughed and said luckily he has never had to say that.
Next appt is in six weeks. In the meantime he said to continue with PT; he can add slight strengthening exercises with an exercise band but no toe raises; no running; no walking up and down hills…”nothing crazy.” He said walking is good [of course, we live in a hilly area]. He felt his calf and commented on the atrophy; I cannot remember his exact words but he said something that made me think that the atrophy might not happen to everyone.
On the walk from the clinic to the car, my husband kept saying “wow, this feels so odd” — he said there isn’t pain, everything just feels tight. I think he feels a bit vulnernable without the boot; it provided security and stopped him from doing something silly.
I asked the doc about driving [please oh PLEASE let him be able to drive!]; he said he can drive now but to take it easy; go to a parking lot and give it a try before hurtling down the road. He suggested keeping it on local roads for a while; no driving on highways or ice or anything too wild. As an aside, apparently in Oregon, it is against the law to drive with a cast or boot — doesn’t matter which leg is impacted. Hmm.
Another physical therapy appointment tomorrow.
I hope everyone has a restful holiday — let your loved ones wait on you, relax, put your leg up, have an adult beverage. And may all your holiday wishes come true.