I saw the doctor this morning and I am now cleared to get out of the boot and actually put a shoe on my left foot! I’m really excited and can’t believe I have made it this far. Two days ago, when taking out the trash, I put on my sandals just to run the trash can to the curb and it felt really good to have a sandal on my left foot. Even though I have been going barefoot around the house without the boot, it was different to be in a shoe. Mentally it felt like progress and it seemed to make walking a bit easier and better. The doctor told me I am cleared to wear shoes when walking around and at work (sitting in front of a computer isn’t too strenuous!), but if I do anything even a little active like yard work or playing with the kids, he wants me back in the boot. The scar is healing well and the hair is growing back on my leg. I have been going to physical therapy three times a week and that is going well too. We haven’t done anything too aggressive, but just moving the foot around and having the joint and scar area manipulated by the therapist is great.
I’m walking on my own two feet again (sort of) and so glad to be rid of the crutches. Yesterday I didn’t use them for most of the day, and limped without putting my full weight on my left leg. Today I saw the doctor again and now I can put full weight on my leg, but I need to remain in the boot for about two more weeks.
I saw the doctor again today and I am now down to using one crutch. I can start putting weight on my left leg. Starting today I can put weight on as I can tolerate it, up to my full weight on it in 2 weeks. Full weight also means getting rid of the other crutch! I like being down to one crutch because now I have one hand free for carrying things. This is already so much better than two crutches! Also starting physical therapy this week. Will give more updates as that progresses. I am still amazed that I really have had no pain from this at all since the surgery. It is uncomfortable, and the back of my leg/heal is really tight, but no pain.
I am making progress in my recovery from my ruptured Achilles tendon. Yesterday I went back to the doctor and he adjusted the boot so it was in a neutral or 90 degree position. Previously, the boot was angled down at a 30 degree droop in order to keep tension off of the tendon. I am happy to be making forward progress, but going from the drooped and relaxed angle to a completely flat angle has been hard. My tendon is really tight and has shrunk up so it is very uncomfortable to be stretched even into this neutral position. The flat position is much easier to move around and more comfortable for things like sitting in the car, so overall it is good. I still hate the crutches and I think that is the worst part of this whole ordeal. Getting around on crutches just sucks. My wrists are messed up and sore, and my armpits are getting sore and chaffed even though I mostly keep the weight off of the armpits like you are supposed to. The hardest thing to get used to with crutches is that I can’t really carry anything. I have been making great use of my back pockets and will stick food, bottles of water, whatever in my back pocket and hobble back and forth to the couch. It is a real pain and I can’t wait to get off of the crutches. More updates to come as I progress through this slow recovery.
I have been going through several trying things personally, and have needed some of my own motivation. Well, I’m back and plan on updating the blog regularly and bringing you lots of helpful ideas and motivation.
The blog is official now – I have completed the incorporation of this blog, so please welcome Lopaul Industries, LLC to life! I want this to be more than a casual hobby, so I committed to making it a business and have begun investing in it and treating it as a business entity.
Look for new and current posts. I have a notebook full of ideas and a number of draft posts already in progress. I also have exciting ideas about how I can help my readers with motivation and inspiration. Please stay tuned as I kick this thing into high gear and start cranking things out.