After my 8 week visit to the glorious UK Health Service its this site that has given me the advice and help I need. Yet again the NHS has left me wondering what purpose they actually serve.
8 weeks down the line and back to the hospital yesterday. All excited and nervous about the prospects of losing the boot, and stepping into the first stages of rehabilitation. So after waiting for 90 minutes passed my scheduled time I’m led into a cubicle and asked to remove by boot.
The doctor, who I have seen twice before, is not there so another Dr reads my notes and then does the Thompson test. He turns to his 2 trainee’s he has with him and explains what he is doing. I overhear him say that although there is still a marked difference between my two legs that there is definite signs of improvement and the good news is I can lose my boot.
I smiled ready for the next set of instructions but simply got, ok now you can go, I will get the physio team to contact you about your rehabilitation. That’s it. I was dumb struck, not knowing what I can do, how much I can do of it or even how long to the physio starts.
Thanks to this site I do manage to ask a few simple questions but it is clear he wants to go off and see his next patient.
So now I am FWB after coming out of the boot yesterday after 8 weeks and 1 day, although my leg felt as if I had just ran a marathon. The first step was if I was walking on a jelly floor, I kept hold of my crutches to give me a little stability while I walked the mile looking for the car in the car park but around the house am moving, albeit, very slowly and carefully around the house.
The Achilles is very stiff and feels tight but I’m guessing that is normal, although the pain in the heel I had while walking in the boot has gone, so that is good.
I guess I just sit and wait now wanting the physio letter to arrive. I’m biting at the bit wanting to start the next phase and really push on but not sure what levels I should be trying to attain. There had been no mention of ROM or anything or how good / bad my recovery has been so just dare not start without the professional advice
I look forward to updating you all when the physio letter arrives and the hard work begins but for now……
All I can say if Thank God for Achilles Blog.