Sylveeuh’s AchillesBlog

Entries from January 2013

15 weeks post op

January 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

So things are going very well! PT is moving right along, we are really focusing on balance and strengthening my bad leg. I see a lot of people post on here about single leg calf raises. We aren’t doing anything like that. Kind of interesting, I have attempted it and am of course unsuccessful : ( Basically my PT begins with stretching, then I use the blue band for my ROM, then I do leg raises, balancing on the foam, then weight shifting on the Bosu ball. Oh I also do this stupid thing I call the triangle. Basically you stand on your bad leg, then reach out the good leg to a foot in front of you while bending down, then you do it to your opposite side, then behind you. To all 3 points five times without putting your good leg down. Very difficult, but it is getting better. I also do the bike, elliptical, and stair master now! I’m living essentially pain free but I do get some weird pain on the top of my foot in the bones. I’m amazed how strong I’ve become and I really feel ready to go back to work!

I next see the doctor on the 30th. I will be released then, if he doesn’t want to then I plan to throw a fit until it happens. I am ready to stand on my feet for 12 hours a day. I can handle it!!! I want to be a nurse again! I miss it so much… Disability insurance has also been a PIA. I’m so glad to finally have it straightened out again. Other than that, I’m just counting down the days until I go back. I feel great and ready! I did ask my PT what the plan was for the rest of my PT progression, and she said after my next doc visit we will start plyometrics? Running, jumping… ACK! I couldn’t run before I got injured let alone now, but we will see! Take care ya’ll

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13 weeks post op…

January 6th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Wow how things have changed. Walking without the boot is bliss. I honestly believe I’ve had more pain in the boot than out of it. I’ve increased my PT to 3x a week courtesy of a request to my doctor and I’m enjoying going and seeing my progress. I have had some pain in different areas but have had trouble identifying it. By that I mean, is it pain? Soreness? What? I told my PT and we determined that it is related to not being stretched out and the pain subsides with ambulation and/or stretching. Other than that, it’s been a little over 2 weeks of walking and I see progress every day! I used to have an antalgic gait and now my gait has normalized. I can through step on the stairs, I’m able to walk 1.5 miles without rest and minimal pain. What more can you ask for?

I’d love to go back to work. After talking to my employee health NP at the hospital where I work, we determined that it’s best to wait until the end of the month (which is what the doctor wants) before returning to work. Since I’m getting stronger each day there’s no reason to rush back. I have been having issues with disability insurance but that’s what savings is for.

I have began to exercise on my own as well. Basically practicing what I do at PT but at a gym. I ride a stationary bicycle for 15 mins (I’m building up to more time) and lots of arm exercises. No leg exercises aside from what I do at PT just yet. That’s about it!

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