If you read other peoples’ experiences, they will all say that the first 2 weeks are the worst. So far, this is true. There’s the shock, the feeling of powerlessness, the pain that comes and goes and the inability to do much of anything.
Evenings are the worst. Night brings fear. How well will I recover? What’s going on with my leg? What are those weird sensations or, why don’t I have any sensations? But when the new day arrives, so does the optimism. Another day down, one step closer to the next stage.
And I’m really summarizing here, because even though it is hard, I still have plenty of positives. As I remind myself continuously, life is never better than it is at this exact moment. The past is gone. And there’s nothing like a serious injury to remind you that the future is nebulous. So I did my best to let go of hope, forget about my workouts, and embrace my binge watching Netflix life.
- Toes – I set a reminder on my phone to clench and stretch my toes 100 times, every hour that I’m awake.
- Achillesblog.com – Every day I’ve spent hours reading stories on this site, and it’s why I’ve created my own. It helps to see what’s coming and how people cope.
- Not much pain after the first few days
- Day 5 – I took my first shower! Thank goodness I had the cast cover.
- Created a plan – Sure my body is stuck on the bed or sofa, but my brain can stay active. I worked on this site, researched recovery protocols, and created an outline of what to expect over the next two months.
- Friends – I’m blessed with great friends to help me through this.
- My Work – Everyone is very supportive. With their encouragement, I decided to take the week off. It was a good choice.
- A Vacation – So it takes a ruptured Achilles to get me to take a vacation…
- Netflix and Playstation – Not a big part of my life before, but great to have now.
- My main sewer line clogged a few days after my surgery and I climbed down the stairs to check it out. Healing wound around raw sewage? Not smart. Thankfully I was able to get it cleared.
- Weak – I’ve never been through surgery before. Rest seems to be key. Even getting up from the bed or sofa is exhausting.