Monthly Archives: June 2012

10 Weeks – Euro Mania

I’m 10 weeks post operation now, and not much has changed since the last update I posted. I’m still not too mobile, although have just been for a bit of a walk around the block where I live just to get used to the sensation of being upright and walking a little. Still in the aircast boot, now with two of three wedges removed, and obviously still on crutches too. I haven’t felt much pain at all from removing either of the wedges, it’s been a pretty easy transition each time, but I haven’t put anywhere near full weight on the foot – it’s still supposed to be at around 20% until I return to the hospital in two weeks time. I don’t know if they will take away the boot and the crutches at that point – I feel like I’ve sort of forgotten how to walk now after 3 months without putting my foot on the floor properly.

I’ve been watching quite a bit of football during the Euro’s, and so far it’s been a pretty good tournament. The one good thing to come out of my injury is I’m always home from work by bang on 5pm when the games kick off! England have been OK, I’m a big Roy Hodgson fan so hope we do well. I think reaching the quarter finals is a good start to his international managerial career anyway, and we’ve got some good young players coming through (Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Cleverley, Jones, Smalling) so the future looks bright to me. It has all been said before of course.

Away from football, my student nurse girlfriend has now finished for the summer so has been looking after me well for the last week or so (as well as for the last 11 weeks). We’ve got some wedding planning to do which we might get around to doing at the weekend, but I say that most weekends and it never happens. Smells like the fajitas she’s cooking are nearly ready, so I better go…

8 Weeks Post-Operation

Haven’t posted for a while due to a bit of a lack of progress, but here’s my most recent thoughts!

Saw the doctor on Thursday (7th June) which he admitted was a bit of an unnecessary appointment but they wanted to just check I was doing OK. I was in the consultation room for less than a minute, and he told me to make another appointment for 4 weeks time when I should be able to begin full weight bearing.

On Friday 8th, I had my first appointment with the physio in the hospital gym. I have one of the senior physios from UHB which I’m happy about, and her husband also ruptured his Achilles a couple of months ago so she understands the injury from both sides – the medical and the personal. I was hoping for more from this appointment, but she said there’s not much I can do physio wise until I can bear more weight in 4 weeks time. She gave me a large rubber band type thing that I can put under my foot and push down to start to strengthen my ankle and get some movement back. I find the circular motion of my ankle the hardest exercise to do, but over the past 2 weeks there’s definitely been some improvement. I can now put my foot on the floor a lot more in the boot, and have taken out the first of the 3 wedges. I’m going to take another one out next week, and another the following week so by the time I return to hospital I’ll have had all of the wedges out for 2 weeks. Both the physio and the doctor said it’s going slowly because the stitches need to heal properly post-operation and until 12 weeks it’s not worth doing anything strenuous for fear of doing more damage than good. The physio said that it’s easy to stretch out the Achilles, but it can’t be tightened again once I’ve stretched it, so there’s no point in doing too much too soon. They’re still saying 20% weight bearing for next few weeks but in all reality I’m probably doing more than that as it’s difficult to judge. I think this is their way of just saying don’t stand on it.

I’ve certainly noticed an expanding waistline now too! I haven’t changed my diet much since I stopped exercising 2 months ago, and it wasn’t brilliant to start with although we do try to cook balanced meals. I’m probably eating a bit less but not much. I feel a bit more mobile with the boot and have managed to have a couple of showers in between all of the baths I’ve been having, standing on one leg. Stairs are still pretty difficult to negotiate when out and about. I’m doing some work from home which helps to make the time pass. Today I might go for a short walk around the block, on my crtuches and in the boot, just to get out and get used to moving again. Living in a second floor flat makes going out a bit more of a chore than it should be, but I need to make sure I don’t just sit around for the next month and get used to walking again.