Surgery went well

I had my surgery this morning, bright and early — we had to be at the hospital by 6:30am, as we were the first case of the day.  Thankfully, everything went smoothly — the nerve block is still fully numbing my leg a good 10 hours later, but the doctor said that it will wear off overnight at which point the pain meds will take over.

At this point, I’m relieved that the recovery process has officially begun — I haven’t been able to test my iWalk or knee scooter with the cast because my leg is so numb, I can barely control bending my knee, but acclimating to my new normal is my goal for tomorrow.

day 2 post

I saw the doctor on Monday and he confirmed a full tear — although he offered a surgical and non-surgical recovery option, I’ve pretty much set on the surgical one and my surgery is scheduled for this Thursday.  On a lighter note, my boss was extremely understanding and told me to work from home and rest for the next 2 weeks, which was completely unexpected.  I had originally planned to take Thursday and Friday off, but now I can recover without fear of bumping my foot on my 1hr, train + uber commute.  I went into work yesterday using crutches and it was exhausting, I’m not sure how long I could continue to have done that.  I also bought the iwalk2.0 because regular crutches were already starting to hurt the bone in my palms and under my armpits — hopefully this will give me more mobility during the cast/non-weight bearing portion of the recovery.

The one thing I found interesting was that the doctor said I could actually put pressure on my foot right now because there wasn’t much more damage to be done.  But when I did that, my foot started to swell more and there was a dull throbbing pain.  So if you are pre-surgery, I would recommend staying off the foot as much as possible and keeping it elevated because once I elevated my foot, a lot of the swelling and subsequent paint subsided.  Also, this is a good time to practice a non-weight bearing system of crutches, scooter or whatever because I’ve realized that while I was not as prepared as I thought.  Practicing with the iwalk2.0 and orienting my scooter around the house makes me more confident for the NWB time that is to come.

Day 1 post

I’m a 36yr old male that has been playing recreational basketball for most of my life and I never thought this would happen to me.  I’m not sure if that’s a normal thought or an arrogant one, but I basically figured that I had a good feel for my body and how to avoid pushing it too far.  In either case, I was playing basketball this past Saturday and while making a routine curl, I heard an unmistakable pop and the tell-tale feeling of being “kicked in the back of the leg” that I had heard about.   I initially thought I tripped on someone, but when I looked around and didn’t see anyone within 3 feet of me, my heart just sank and I knew it was serious.

I keep replaying the entire day from the way I warmed up, to how I stretched,  to the exact movements I was making and nothing stands out in terms of any deviation from my normal routine.  And I still shudder when I replay the popping sound in my head…mainly because I know what it means.  Surgery, the long recovery, the logistical challenges and everything else entailed with a serious medical recovery.  I spent most of the day after feeling pretty sorry for myself, but now I’m trying to focus on the road ahead and looking at the things to be positive about.  Thankfully, it was my left foot so I can still drive – and I’ve had a serious medical recovery in the past, so my wife is prepared for the journey to come – my wife even had a friend, whose husband had the same injury 2 years ago, so they lent me their crutches, ice pack, bike scooter, etc – and I am blessed to have insurance so this won’t cause too much of a financial strain.  While I can’t say I’m happy about any of these things, years ago, when I had other medical issues, I learned to trust in Proverbs 3:5 and I will continue to lean on that.

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