Just a little update for all of you following my progress
This week marks 6 weeks since I had surgery on my ankle, open surgery too, not just keyhole like i had originally thought!
There has been a lot of discomfort and wobbles, some falls and many sleepless nights and when you're used to having your own independence, having that taken away becomes quite frustrating after a little while. But I won't deny it has been quite pleasant to get waited on hand and foot by mum and dad as well as my niece and nephew when they’ve been round! :)
The first 3 weeks post-surgery are a bit of a blur, I was that dosed up on medication due to the pain and discomfort, trying to sleep and rest as much as possible. Getting about on crutches is a greater challenge than I first anticipated and the requirement to wear clothing with pockets to carry things I wanted with me has become a must!
The last 10 days or so I have experienced a really awful pain in my left calf, after a phone call to 111 and due to my circumstances I had the delight of spending the whole day in York Hospital last Friday for tests and an ultrasound. Fortunately this all came back clear of deep vein thrombosis but annoyingly I was discharged with ‘muscular pain’ and it didn’t get to the bottom of the pain or even help it.
I returned to the surgeon this week who is very happy with the way my ankle has healed and recovered so far. There was very little tenderness around my ankle when he felt it so it seems like the surgery has been a success, however, it is still going to take another 6 weeks for the internal area to heal properly.
Rehabilitation is the next step, and I am being looked after by a nice well experienced physio, he advised me yesterday that this sort of injury is going to take 6 months to full recovery. And quickly said that he knows what athletic people like me are like in terms of wanting to get back to fitness as quickly as possible, so we are to take it one week at a time. When I told my surgeon and the physio about the calf pain I have been having recently they believe it could be from the pressure of the air-cast boot, the lack of use and the muscle wastage, all of which seem reasonable reasons but the physio has said he is going to keep a close eye on it for me.
The first step; and this week’s rehab goals are to wean myself out of my ‘moon boot’ into an ankle brace, and to start to try to use one crutch instead of two, sounds easy….right!? And I am now allowed on my exercise bike for 20 minutes at a time with no resistance, twice a day.
It seems it is going to be a little while until I am out on the golf course but I’ll be onto my putting green at home just as soon as I can stand and be stable on both feet without too much pain! In the meantime I’m working on keeping my mind active and developing some other skills.
I hope you’re all well and thank you for having a read!