It’s almost been a week since the surgery to shorten my Achilles tendon. Not a whole lot of news to report. The most difficult time was waiting for the popliteal block to wear off. I had reservations about the block while talking to the anesthesiologist because I didn’t like the thought of not being able to move my toes around and not knowing when the block would wear off. But, I was kind of talked into it. I didn’t really care too much for the anesthesiologist, but I digress. I stayed up late the night after surgery hoping the block would wear off prior to going to bed, but I gave up at midnight. Of course, I awoke in the middle of the night when the block finally wore off. Fortunately the pain was manageable so I did fall back asleep after a little bit of tossing and turning.
I took Percocet the day after surgery, but didn’t care much, at the time, for the altered state of mind. The pain wasn’t too bad so I switched over to acetaminophen the next day. By day three I was basically drug free. I hardly put a dent in the 90-tablet Percocet prescription. Seriously, the clinic handed me 90 Percocet tablets. A bit excessive, maybe? I guess I know how I’ll be paying for this surgery if it doesn’t get covered under my insurance.
I’ve spent most of the last week reading magazines and using the “watch instantly” feature on Netflix. I’ve watched a few movies that have been more painful than the surgery. But, it’s been nice to kick my foot up, keeping the swelling at bay. I may try to stop in the office for a few hours at the end of the week, but I want to make sure I give the incision a chance to heal before I try to do too much. We’ll see how I do over the next day or two.
My cast has been a bit uncomfortable so far. I haven’t figured out the exact source. It may just be from the swelling following surgery. Hopefully it won’t drive me completely crazy before I go in for my first cast change next week. I am anxious to get a look at the incision. It’s a little unsettling just assuming everything is healing fine. I hope that is the case. I’ll let you know after my first post-op visit next week.
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