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.
The 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 that 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.
It’s only been two days since surgery on my Achilles and the side effects of the medication has been quite evident. Recovery is going to be slow and I’ve pretty much been spending the day on the couch with my foot elevated. I started having very little sensation back on my toes which helps me to feel that I am actually moving them. I’ve been taking both the Morphine and Oxydocine together since the mistake I made the day of the surgery when I only took the Morphine and called for mama! With that said, the side effects was in full swing exactly as the doctor warned me. I was having constipation and actually had no BM whatsoever which was very odd as I have very good BM (apologies for TMI). I was also nauseous or just “dazed” after taking the meds. I did have anti-nauseous medication that was prescribed to me but I didn’t bother to take them as I wasn’t planning to leave the house and I didn’t want any more drugs in me. Driving was out of the question. I just enjoyed being pampered for a change. Glad my wife is a stay at home mom!
First day out of my Achilles post surgery. Everything went smooth. I was wheeled out to my car and my wife drove me home while I was still a bit nauseous from the anesthetics. The drive home was not bad at all. It took all about 40 min from the 405 to my house which is amazing. I’m reminded again how great it was to have the surgery done so early in the day.
Considering just a few hours after the surgery, I was feeling pretty good. I don’t remember what I ate for lunch but I think I had some noodles. There were minimal pain but it was due to the medicine and the nerve block that was still in effect. I took some prescription pain meds and just watched TV while keeping my leg elevated.
What was most challenging throughout the day was getting use to this cast. This thing is big and heavy! At times, it felt like the cast was going to do more damage than protect my injury. The cast had plenty of cushion and I was warned to strictly not to get it wet. I was also instructed to move my toes to make sure the blood flows. Honestly, I didn’t feel anything and couldn’t really tell if I was actually moving my toes or not. I had no sensation due to the drugs.
There wasn’t much fanfare throughout the day until I went to bed. The day before, I picked up Morphine and Oxycodone. Morphine was the long lasting pain med and Oxycodone was for short term as I remembered. I didn’t feel much pain so I figured I would only take the Morphine and it would be sufficient. Boy was I wrong! I went to sleep a little past 9:30pm but woke up at 11:30pm in immense pain. I had to wake up my wife to have her get me the other pain medication. I took the Oxycodone and after maybe an hour the pain rescinded. Hindsight, I should’ve taken both the Morphine and the Oxycodone before going to bed as that was going to be when the nerve block wore off.