June 20, 2012
Never thought this day would come. Casts are evil. Casts do not represent progress, they represent purgatory. You are not on the road to recovery, you are at the bust stop waiting for the recovery bus to pick you up. But it WILL come. If you are in a cast I feel sorry for you. Just hang in there. It sucks and there really isnt much more to say about it.That’s just the cold hard truth.
I was in my cast for 7 weeks…until today. My ultra-conservative doctor wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve recently learned that the reason he is this way is because he had a string of terrible patients and has turned into a cynical asshole. But all of that is over now! Not only did I finally get put into a boot, I had my first PT session shortly after. The doc told me to remain NWB until I reached 8 weeks, by my PT team thinks he’s a idiot (they are the ones who told me about why he’s so conservative) and told me to go ahead and go PWB if I want—which I have. Crutching while PWB is a million times more comfortable. I can even go to one crutch, but that is a bit more difficult, but doable. I attempted FWB with no crutches but that’s just not possible at this point unless I feel like taking 30 minutes to walk 10 feet.
The PT was pretty awesome. I’ll be going 3 times a week and they are aggressive. We didnt do too much, and just went over a few different exercises and discussed what I have to look forward to. I had a 20 minute ice session and did some stretches with resistant bands. They also told me to ignore the doc’s heel lift plan, and instead of taking one lift out every 3 days they want me to take them all out completely in a week and save the individual lifts for when Im in two shoes. As for the boot itself, I’ve heard people say the transition is like “starting over”. Like hell it is. I’m just as fast crutching while PWB as I am NWB. The only difference is that I’m not exhausted like I was before. I dont have to sleep in it, its about the same weight as my cast was, and I can take it off anytime I want. It does get hot, but I dont care.
Anyway thats pretty much all I have. I wish I had a better doc and was further along than I am, but none of that matters now. I’m back on the road and I couldnt be happier. I probably wont blog again until I’m done with the boot or something crazy happens.