Wow Pete I'm in shock - not even a mention of doing this op in anything other than under general. They sure do things different in France.
Two weeks after surgery-cast was just taken offOriginally Posted by David G1
4 weeks after surgery
Wont go any faster that the doctors allow me, problem is it is feeling so good I'm actually starting to forget about it. It was my right leg, and I'm right handed so it is naturally my dominate leg. I have to keep reminding myself. not doing anything strenuous, just rehabbing hard. I got a feeling that I will think about it the rest of my life.
Hi guys....update for me and my injury
7 wks post injury....( non surgical) plastercast for 2 1/2 wks then into a "moon boot". Saw specialist every 2 wks after that. Had heel of boot lowered at every visit. Tomorrow (7 1/2 wks) i am adjusting my boot so my foot is completely flat..as instructed by specialist. I am allowed to put a small amount of weight on foot but use crutches continuiously. just over 2 wks ago i was allowed to take boot off for a bath only.....but only managed that just recently due to being too scared. I never thought i wld make it this far!!! I was terrified, very sore for 2 wks, felt lonely, scared, frustrated and downright p***d off. BUT....here i am. Still frustrated at times but i am managing better each day. I take one day at a time and one appointment at a time. I can honestly say that thgs get easier with time. I cant stress enough just how low i felt with this injury and how i never thought i cld get thru it......so for anyone out there that is struggling pls remember YOU WILL GET THERE! I realise i have a long road to go yet and it wont all be smooth sailing but i will do it. I will update again after next appointment. Hoping i may be told i can sleep at night without this boot on.....wow sleeping without shoes on......that will be weird.....lol
Wrobzeus - can't view your pics, says that you have to be listed as a friend on your myspace.
Re: surgery - it went really well for me too, not much to be afraid of. It is actually a fairly straightforward procedure, the scariest thing is thinking about "going under" but one minute you're being wheeled into surgery, and the next minute you're waking up. My pain was not too bad at all, just a little uncomfortable and actually enjoyed being taken care of for a day and a night.
For those who want to see gory pics, there is an MSN group that is not too active now, but has a picture gallery for members
you'd have to register to see pics, but it's very interesting if you can stomach lots of incisions!
DavidG1 - be careful of beer AND parties, especially costume parties. Went to one 3 weeks after surgery for a friend's upcoming wedding. Everyone thought the cast and crutch were a costume, and I was wondering why no one was getting out of the way of my crutches and generally not being helpful...
Peteb. Great bath story, it was my first laugh of the morining. When I went swimming in Corfu off a shingle beach, I couldn't get out either. So eventually, I had to get out backwards on my backside..very Hoff! ( Hasselhoff). No general anesthetic..respect monsieur.
Heyjenb. Another good story, should have prodded them with your sticks or you could have dressed as a lepper with a bell then they would have got out your way.
Anje. Well observed, you have spotted the floor in my plan; more weeks in plaster. Can't help fighting authority.. I was regularly locked up under the stairs by my mad aunt when I was child.
WROBZEUS. Also cant get hold of pictures etc. Sounds like you have had some excellent treatment, more detail would be helpful. I have read many of the posts and generally the treatment, sounds`a shambles .wrong diagnosis, re ruptures, over kill on casts.
Ijay9.. Can't say much here really excpet read Lance Armstrongs books (2). They will inspire you.
AmiS - it's not the first time I've opted for local when they'd rather give you a general. They did say they'd prefer to give me a general here in France too, but I told them I couldn't afford to feel drowsy for weeks afterwards. I suppose they'd rather be dealing with an inert object or something, but I hate general anaesthetics and I have insisted at least twice (I can remember at least once in the UK)that I only have a local. I don't know what the law is but ultimately it's your body and...I was going to say you can walk out of there...Anyway, it's worth having a good go and be aware that you might have to push against their preference to get what you want.
Physio - 8 weeks today post op ? I thought that I would be losing the boot but alas the strength in my calf is not quite enough to allow it !! However, I can lose the boot and wear shoes indoors / in the office and at home. I thought that I had made good progress but not quite enough. I have full flex in the ankle joint and now must work hard on the muscle. I had to walk upstairs and downstairs to prove myself ? going up is fine but I am sure that I held back on the downstep which resulted in a negative result.
I was also asked to walk across the gym ? again I found this very difficult, you actually have to learn to walk again. I could not work out the mechanics of walking, in that you place the heel on the floor then roll onto the toes then drive off through the toes into the next step ? how quickly the brain forgets this simple requirement. I will now spend the next week learning how to walk, strengthening the calf and stretching.
I think that what is holding me back is the fear of re-rupture and not putting too much stress through the tendon ? this is all in the mind (or is to a certain extent) and I need to push myself further, not all pain is bad in fact not all pain is pain ? it is sometimes the fact that I am using muscles, ligaments and tendons that have not been used for 9 weeks.
Fingers crossed for next week and boot removal.
Was it an epidural or local? I remember asking them why it needed to be a general now - they said there was a chance they would need to do FHT on the calf during the op so it needed to be general.
Was it the consultant who decided whether you could remove the boot or not? Are you seeing him/her again?