As you know I'm on my 4th cast and they keep coming loose which isn't helping the pain when I want to be mobile.
The first 3-4 weeks post op are all about rest and elevation which is crucial for proper healing of both the incision wound and the ruptured tendon. Despite the fall I have taken this incredibly seriously. For someone so active its been upsetting watching my friends go riding and boarding while I sit at home. I know I can't ride but the temptation is to go and watch so I at least feel involved. However, I know how important the rest and recovery is, plus I only have to stand for a few minutes and the blood pools into my feet. So, I've done my upmost to keep my leg up and rested. I've swapped between stayed being in bed with a pillow under my leg, sitting on my office chair with my leg resting on my massage couch and laying prone (on my front) on my massage couch with my leg propped up. The less I move, the lower the risk of me tripping and putting weight on the injured leg. I screwed up on Saturday when a momentary lapse in focus saw me slip and weight bear. I frequently teach people how complex walking actually is, so its annoying that I let my focus slip and lost control. Too many things happening saw me catch my cast on the door step, loose my crutch and fall over. Never in my life have I wished I'd stayed laying down so much. Its done now though and I just have to keep my fingers crossed for later and hope that the near permanent elevation has helped my blood circulation through the lower leg. The achilles has a poor blood supply and the lack of movement also leads to blood pooling which is why it swells so much.
I'm lucky as my wife bring me dinner, snacks and even breakfast when she's not at work. Having my parents close by has been amazing, they've been sorting lunchtime meals, weekday breakfasts and taking me to hospital. I can’t ask for better care and really feel for them coping with an injured aspie. When I'm ill or injured I tend to regress into myself even more than usual probably due to not being able to do what I want when I want.
Boredom is the main problem, so I am grateful for the Internet, online TV, twitter, trials DVD's, youtube and anything else that can make the long days pass a little easier. I'm well into some in-depth study of human biology as well so watch out if you dare to question me on nutrition or health as I'm becoming and even bigger mine of information.
I've still not hit the two weeks post surgery mark yet, but I still have a faint hope that the doctor will remove my stitches as long as I haven't re-damaged the tendon. The incision was about 7 inches and looked to be healing really well, hopefully because of my disciplined diet (gelatin and lots of fat), whilst also staying rested and elevated as much as possible during this initial period. I know I caused a little setback with my fall but hopefully its nothing too bad and I'm still doing we.
I want to thank you all for your incredible support, not only now but through the years. Without that I wouldn't be where I am today. I know I'm in a fairly bad way but I remain in a positive frame of mind because you all help keep me that way. Thank you.