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Post Op appt, stitches removed, limited exercises

Nov 4 – Day 11 post Achilles operation first appointment. This was the day I was originally supposed to have my cast removed but I had it removed earlier in the week as I thought it was causing my calf pain. I have been in my boot have been zero weight bearing. To get around, I have been using my iWalk 2.0 but for the most part I stay at home hunkered on my couch with my leg elevated. I cleaned myself by submerging myself in my bathtub which is more like a soaker. I elevate my left foot and tie a garbage bag over it to ensure I do not get it wet. I continued to take both the morphine and the oxycodone. Good news is that I was getting sensation back to my foot and toes. I can actually feel them when I move.

2014-11-03 10.51.39The dr. appointment went smooth. It was a challenge to make my way to the doctor’s office but I just took my time. I initially thought that the stitches would melt away but apparently it had to be removed. Just a nip on one end and tweezers on the other end to pry out the sutures did the trick. It did hurt. Surprisingly, there were two total which had to be removed. I thought there were several but that was it. He then used surgical tape to seal the wound just in case.

Next, the doctor cleared me to begin physical therapy. He asked if I had a place in mind and 2014-11-06 16.47.27that they had one right next door which I can try out. I honestly didn’t and it was convenient to be able to check out a place right next door so I went ahead and made an appointment. My first physical therapy session was going to be Nov. 14th. One month after the rupture and 20 days post op. Meanwhile, I continue to move my toes to encourage blood circulation and elevate my foot above my heart to minimize swelling.

First Weekend with Achilles Rupture

Truth be told, I was just getting used to life with just one leg. I was actually scheduled to play in a soccer game that Saturday with my cousin who just moved to the U.S. That was out of the question.

Part of me was glad that I got the adjustable Maxtrax ROM Air Walker walking boot. I didn’t care much about the air pump but it did feel much more secure instead of the soft / hard splint I got at the ER. I was always paranoid about getting that thing wet.

There wasn’t much I could do other than wait for surgery date to be confirmed. We didn’t get any confirmation of the surgery date / time so my wife and I decided to find another orthopedic surgeon. We went with a referral from a friend who was an oncologist. He knew a orthopedic surgeon from his days in medical school. Upon calling the referral, the office indicated that he only worked on shoulder issues and referred me to their ankle and foot specialist. I guess a referral’s referral was better than finding someone blind. Appointment with Dr. J in Pasadena was made for Tuesday.

I spent the weekend at home icing my foot several times a day while keeping it elevated. I pretty much planted myself on the end of the couch with 3 cushions from our backyard patio set. The cushions were much more flat than any pillows on our house and stacked well.

A new norm

With this injury, I had to revise my daily routine which was the most inconvenient part of this injury. First of all, I had to humble myself to accept help from others. This included help from friends, neighbors, relatives, and especially my wife. God bless her. I actually help out around the house a lot from doing chores, grocery shopping, picking up the kids, and even cooking. All this was out the door for the time being. My primary goal during week one was to keep my foot elevated and reduce the swelling – in other words, just sit.

With the iWalk 2.0, I was able to somewhat do more than being on traditional crutches. But I was still very limited. I am fortunate to be able to drive as my right foot is fine but I kept my activity level at a bare minimum. This weekend, I only went to church and that was it.

Taking a shower was also out of the question as I was not allowed to get my splint wet and it was not possible to maneuver myself in and out of the shower safely. I resulted to submerging myself in my bathtub with my injured leg outside the bath. It was very straining for my back and extremely difficult to get in and out the bathtub. Not much choice and I really wasn’t looking forward to doing this for months to come.