Tired…

How does anyone get any sleep in the boot?  My surgeon wants me to keep wearing the boot at night so that my tendon doesn’t shorten, but I had a terrible time sleeping last night.  I know that some of it is because I let my sleep cycle get messed up during the time that I was off work - I had a hard time falling asleep.  But I also had a hard time staying asleep.  Before my injury, I’d wake up 2-3 nights/week with restless leg symptoms and last night it hit me with a vengeance!  How does one walk off a restless leg when one can’t really walk on said leg?  Fortunately, my first trip into the shower (been taking baths) served to wake me up pretty promptly when it was time to get up.  It only took about an extra 20 min to get out the door and that should be improved upon tomorrow.

At work, two of my seven scheduled morning cases had to be canceled, so I couldn’t really tell if I slowed things down or not.  My impression, tho, is that I would’ve added less than five minutes to the morning overall.

Spent the afternoon/evening trying to get around the house with just a single crutch.  I found it to be more tiring (more semi-hopping), but freeing up a hand was worth the effort.  If I can get to the point of being able to reliably use only one crutch then I’ll be that much closer to being able to do 100% of the cases that may come my way.  I guess that’ll be the goal for the rest of the week.

2 Responses to “Tired…”

  1. Yes, the boot _sucks_ to sleep in - gave me much more trouble than straight post-op pain ever did.
    I actually asked at my wound review appointment (day 13 post op) if my surgeon would object to me getting myself a slab-cast for sleeping purposes, and his response was “I can go one better, you can stop wearing the boot to bed”.
    Going unprotected entailed considerable fear the first night, but the relief of being able to move again was blissful!
    If it’s to prevent shortening, some people on this site have used a “night splint” which I believe they have sourced from Amazon. But as far as I was concerned, getting ROM back afterwards wasn’t an issue. At 12 weeks now I have had essntially full dorsiflexion for a couple of weeks already. The limitations I have had at every stage of recovery have always been strength rather than ROM related.
    Dylan

  2. Ultidad: You mentioned driving along and seeing a jogger and then commenting to your kids nanny on how you use to be able to do that. I totally understand. I use to stick my head out of the car window and yell, “SHOW OFF”. It got to the point where if my husband saw a jogger coming he would roll up my window from his side. Sometimes I didn’t even know one was coming until I noticed my window randomly going up.

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