It has been almost a month since the injury, 3 weeks since surgery and 2 weeks since he has been miserable in a cast. It is killing him that he can’t work the muscles on his leg. His calf has shrunk considerably while the left side of his body has become all Hulk-like from taking the task of supporting his body. He has been on crutches since the accident happened but recently got strong enough to stand upright with no crutches to brush his teeth or shave. HUGE accomplishment!
WARNING: Graphic photos below! Not too bad but there is an incision with stitches..
I wanted to share with you what happened 1 week after surgery.. first they had to look at the healing, which I will admit, I thought would look way worse with swelling and stuff but it was clean and good… For anyone wondering, it was a complete tear, and they used donor tissue to wrap around the fixed part of the tendon like a burrito, to make it stronger)
Then they took the stitches out and added the little steri-strips to protect the incision from the cotton padding in the cast…
and then it was a matter of picking a color, keeping his foot relaxed (harder than you would think, they have to cut the “frayed” ends and shorten the tendon to sew it back together) and then in no time, Greg ended up with a Detroit Lions Blue cast. It took him a few days to get used to his foot being down at an angle. They did this because it takes all the tension off of the tendon so it can heal.
I just got brave enough to color a design on the cast this past weekend and didn’t want to just sign it, so I drew a meteor crashing to go with the lone silver star he had added. Recently a little bunny and a tornado have been added by his kidlets.
He has to be in this cast for four weeks, then he will be back into his robo-boot with heel inserts to gently, and over time, will put the angle of his ankle back into a walking position. After doing research I have seen many people taking steps, with the boot, 5-6 weeks post surgery. I know Greg is eager, summer is literally a sneeze away and I know he wants to enjoy it. Frustration and depression keep trying to take over him but I am trying to keep his spirits up. Also, I started him (and me!) on a mix of vitamins that contain magnesium (for his fibro muscle pain and also his atrophy pains) and a big fat Glucosamine tablet to help his tissues to get stronger.
One good thing that came from all of this is that we are closer as a couple and we have TALKS, like the old days. This forced him to slow down and be a part of our life and I think it is good for us. Also it has taught ME to stretch out and warm up properly since I am uber-aware of my own tendon pains now.
Hopefully the next update in a couple weeks will have more progress! If anyone has ANY questions please leave me a comment I am more than happy to answer 🙂