5 Days Post-Op……….

Just a bit of a back story………….I fully ruptured my left AT on Sunday, October 18…………..Wifey took me to the ER in the Subaru, fortunately there happened to be a orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Carl Mattsson) already at the hospital, its like they knew I was going to be arriving……….he gave me some options (surgery v.s. casting, when to have the surgery, cost, pros/cons to both, recovery times………….very informative, to say the least).  I opted to have surgery that same day (late afternoon)………..3 hours later the operation was done, I was casted, recovered, and on my way home.  I agree with what I’ve read here…………the first couple days were the absolute worst, however Wifey took a couple days off from teaching her Jr. High students about ecology and stayed home with me……..YAY!  Pain, lack of mobility, an overall feeling of “what the hell is going on here”………were exceptionally pervasive the first two days, but as each day transpires, it does get better. Yesterday was the first day without pain management…………figured I really no longer needed the Lortab 10/500 (and all the wonderful associated side effects)………I drove yesterday for the first time……..it felt really good to get out.  I’ve been making dinners for the past couple days too……….keeping my leg supported on a wheeled office chair, it’s better than crutches, but limited to just the hard-floored surfaces of the kitchen, home office, and hallway.  Wifey picked me up a shower bag for my foot/leg from the medical supply store……..it’s a pretty handy thing to have, it’s made of thick plastic, shaped like an over-sized leg……plus it comes complete with a couple of velcro straps to ensure the leg stays dry.  As far as work is concerned, I’ve been a work-from-home Radio Frequency Engineer for the past 3 years for a small telecom company…………so all-in-all, things have been good on that front.  I do head out to the field every so often, but I’m hoping I can work those issues once I become a bit more mobile.

All in all…………..I’m going to learn a valuable lesson here.  I’ve never been one to ask for help, I usually just do things on my own………..well, that’s changing, albeit, slowly.  Wifey has been a godsend……….she’s a wonderful woman and I couldn’t imagine going through this without her.  I’m fortunate to have her in my life, without question.  My doctor told me every ATR is different and recovery times are all up in the air as well.  He did tell me, however, I do have a few good things going for me………I’m active, relatively young (38), healthy, and I’m not carrying much extra weight……..(6-4, 195)……….so I’m hoping I’m on the shorter side of the recovery timeline, but……….we’ll see how it all goes.  I have my two-week post op appointment on November 3.  They’re going to cut off the current cast, remove sutures, inspect things, then recast for another couple of weeks…….Wifey and I have an NPR “Planet Money” event we’re volunteering for on November 5 (we’ve been active NPR volunteers for years)………..stay tuned!  We now return you to your regularly scheduled day……………….your local news is next

3 Responses to “5 Days Post-Op……….”

  1. I’m 4 days post OP 11 days post ATR…..hope your recovery goes well! So funny how this inury seems to happen to the independent ones that never ask for help. I’m the exact same way. It’s also interesting how this injury really helps you appreciate loved ones in your life. Good luck on your recovery….keep you spirits up and keep blogging!

  2. Limmerz………..I took a minute and read your entry…….sounds like we’re in the same boat, floating down the same river……..thank God we have a few crutches lying around so we can navigate…….kind of! Glad to hear you were able to go on your NYC trip…………even in a diminished capacity it’s still a sight to see. Best wishes on your recovery as well and yes, I agree, after reading a few dozen of these stories, it does seem to happen to the “independent ones”…………go figure. Here’s to getting this damn cast off and into the partial weight bearing mode.

  3. Strohdecaire - Welcome to the club! Very cool set of wheels and in Postman Pat red too! These knee scooters just don’t seem available in the UK, so I’m very jealous - I’m managing on my wheely office chair because crutches at home are just useless. I’m all in favour of your neighbours pain prescription - glad to see you have good people around you to make this bearable. Keep your chin up,
    Smoley

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