tomgr’s AchillesBlog

I have good news…and bad news…The good news first

June 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

The good news is that everything is fine with the tendon. No reinjury after rolling my ankle. Now the bad news…….I contracted cellulitis in my leg above the incision. The leg was really swollen above the incision and painful to the touch. I pointed this out to the doc and he didnt think anything of it. The next evening, I was in bed, with my lower leg, bright red, elevated, fighting a fever of 103. Called my PCP this time and he prescribed me 2 different antibiotics. Saw him later in the week and the infection is slowly getting better, and he told me the infection made its way in through the open incision. He told me to put an antibiotic cream on it and keep it bandaged up, and lo and behold, the incision is finally closing up, after being told for months by my ortho to leave it open so it can heal. The swelling and redness are almost gone in the leg now, but walking still is a bit painful. Just another small detour in the road to recovery. Once the infection is gone, I hope to resume skating so I can play hockey again.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • ali39 // Jun 15th 2011 at 9:27 am

    Finally an explanation why it was not healing properly. Hope you well on the road to recovery now.

  • normofthenorth // Jun 15th 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Me, too. Maybe you just needed “a second opinion”!

  • napatom2005 // Jun 16th 2011 at 9:51 am

    Thanks guys. It is feeling better, slowly. But it is nice to finally see the incision almost completely closed up.

  • Laura // Jun 17th 2011 at 4:28 am

    Ouch! Cellulitis is not fun! Got it in my arm from an IV site earlier this year and ended in the hospital for 5 days! Glad they figured out what was wrong and it is healing, Be careful with your tendon, but hopefully you’ll be skating again in no time!

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