I’ve sadly avoided updating my blog for a couple of weeks. Like others on this site, the general lack of activity/updates are the primary reason for not writing more. So, instead of boring you with the mundane updates on my recovery, I have found the following (random and by no means comprehensive) list helpful to me psychologically as I get through this recovery:

- A calendar with dates to cross off and dates to look forward to
- A supply of multivitamins, MSM, Glucosamine Chondroitin (all likely placebos!)
- My iWalkFree crutch to allow me to use both hands around the apartment (though so ridiculous looking, I haven’t braved wearing it outside)
- A constant stream of lunch, drinks and dinners with friends (though the five restaurants within my 2 NYC block radius now all know me by name)
- A daily crutch walk round the block, where I wave at my haircutter, my laundry-guy, the doormen, dogwalkers, the car-wash guys, and the guys at the local deli (yes, they all know me by now and still keep asking my “how I did it”?!)
- Occasionally making up new stories as to the injury to make it more interesting (squash is just too simple, especially since most Americans don’t even know what squash is).

So, I’m sure you fellow ATR’s have your own similar list. To update you quickly on my progress, I went to the doctors at the 3-week post-op point, he took my hard cast off and put me into this boot:

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The boot is made by Biomed and has an air pump. I had the choice of the Aircast or this boot and chose this mainly because it is black and less wide at the calf (so my trousers can fit over it). It also doesn’t require heels as it has a built-in gradient for adjusting plantar-flexion. Having had the boot for over a week now, I must admit maybe the aircast was more comfortable — it doesn’t have two metal rods either side for support. I’ve found this boot has been uncomfortably heavy and these metal supports have bruised my ankles when i’m sleeping due to the weight applied on them. In any case, my tendon is firmly locked in place, so as long as it’s immobile I hope it’s recovering ok!

The orthopedist put the boot at roughly 30 degrees plantar flexion, which is a little more dorsi-flexion than my hard cast. Initially it was a little uncomfortable so I inserted a gel insert, but now it seems at peace with only the occasional soreness. I have little pain except for the odd twinge when I move my foot around (in the boot) too aggressively. While the doctor said move my foot very slightly when I take it out of the boot, I have erred on only doing so when I am in the boot. Similarly, I only take the boot off occasionally when I shower as (remembering my last ATR injury) the only time I am susceptible to additional injury is when I slip in the shower. I don’t ever want to do that again!

Finally, I have posted a picture of my scar. I must admit it looks pretty good compared to my first scar from my right ATR injury 8+ years ago (picture on my first blog posting). I learned that my surgeon is actually the assistant physician for the Yankees, and has no doubt done many of these ATR’s before. I suspect (and hope) he well knows what he is doing and hopefully his sugical skills extended both to the tendon as well as the scar!

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Only another two weeks and then starting PWB and some initial physical therapy. It seems like a fairly conservative protocal for a physician to the professional athletes, but since this similar timeframe worked for me last time (yes, my right AT that I ruptured 8+ years ago is stronger post injury), I’m comfortable moving at this pace especially since I’m older now.  I’m hoping I’m walking so I don’t have to crutch around when the heat gets sweltering here in NY!

Safe recovery to all.

4 Responses to “Four weeks post-op… and post-hop”

  1. Doug said:

    Living in nyc. Had repair 4 week ago. I too am runing out of places to eat within 2 blocks.

    Call 212 5352476
    Doug

  2. rich said:

    I’ve had surgery more times than I like to think about, but it’s never occurred to me to blog about my recovery. It’s an interesting notion. In my case it wasn’t squash. It was football. I know first hand, recovery can be a very difficult and depressing time. Do you feel that writing about it helps you to cope?

  3. sunnyd said:

    Rich — best of luck with your recovery. I have never blogged before, but I have found this website/blogging my experience to be not just therapeutic, but also a means to share advice, support and guidance. The ATR club (among other injuries) is not one I wanted to join, but once a member, has provided many life lessons which will make me better for it. Sunny

  4. Vitality Medical said:

    I realize this was almost three years ago, but I’m curious if you ever did get the courage to use your iWalkFree outside? How’d it go?

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