Jun 28 2013

tornado4delta

Week #3 Post Op

Posted at 12:21 pm under Uncategorized

Today marks the third week after my ATR repair.  The road has been rocky, but I am thankful that I am regaining ground.  My initial post op cast was too tight and caused severe swelling, redness, and pain in my toes.  One my wonderful husband took household tools to adjust it, life was much better(it was the weekend and offices were closed).  Pain control has posed another challenge.  I have had difficulty with spasms in calf region and we haven’t found a med that will help that doesn’t leave me incoherent for the entire day.  All in all, I am thankful that my ortho team, my friends and my family are all pitching in to help me weather through this enormous challenge.

I have found reading the many stories and advice given on this site very helpful.  I am a health care provider and I must say nothing beats practical information from folks who are working through the challenges.  That being said I read one of the blogs that mentioned using a bean bag to elevate the leg.  I just mentioned it and other things I’ve learned to my husband— and being the great husband he is, I soon had my very own bean bag.  I not only use it to elevate my leg, but it serves as a buffer for me to get from bed to the floor to do basic stretching and strengthening exercises.  I also use it to rest my casted leg on it while doing leg lifts!  It’s great.  Not to mention its blue camouflage makes my boys want to tackle it!  I thank God, three weeks are behind me….with many more ahead!

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2 Responses to “Week #3 Post Op”

  1. lodinpdxon 28 Jun 2013 at 1:23 pm 1

    Hello!

    I am 2 weeks ahead of you and bean bags - what a great idea! I too had really bad cramping in my calf. I actually took valium for the cramping and well those first few days were a blur to say the least.

    I think one very frustrating thing about recovery from ATR is that it is 2 steps forward and 1 (or even 3 steps back). With other injuries and (surgeries) things seemed to improve!! Good luck and tell your husband and children to keep on helping…..and then tell mine! :)

  2. Danielon 28 Jun 2013 at 3:55 pm 2

    Hang in there! Make sure you are getting a lot of Vitamin C! It will help with all around healing!

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