Hello people. I stumbled onto this site and I read some of the articles here. I'm glad that I found a place where I can share my experience and get feedback from real people who have either gone through it or are going through it. Thank you all in advance for reading and responding. I look forward to hearing from you. so.., thank you.
I am a 30 year old EMT here in NYC. I've been an EMT since I was 18 years old. I've never ever had an injury nor have I ever been a patient for any reason, EVER. I have dedicated my life to helping people who are in need. Okay, now the story. On December 1, 2011, I was given a job to take an obese patient home. This lady was 5'4 and approximately 375lbs. The lady stated that she couldn't walk, otherwise she was fine. So once we get her to her building, it turns out that she lived, on the top floor. So, we had to put her on a stair chair. It's basically a chair with two back wheels and straps to secure the patient to the chair. This chair weighs 25 pounds.. So, we were lifting 400lbs. The staircase, as you can imagine was narrow. The steps themselves were steep and each step was a different height. To make matters worse, there was an old rug on the stairs that covered the whole staircase. It's protocol for the person on top to walk up backwards..Because my partner was uncomfortable with the top, I took the top an he took the bottom. Now that the scene is set...here we go.
We began our ascent and in the middle of the staircase, there was a raised portion of the staircase that wasn't scene during our initial inspection. It came in contact with my foot, twisted my body and I went down. Since the rug was old, my feet didn't give. They stayed planted as if in cement. So, my knees bent and my feet didn't move. All 400 pounds of this patient and equipment came crashing down directly on my legs. As a result of this
my behind was now on the same step as my boots. *Remember, my boots never moved*.. I heard several loud popping sounds..then, the pain ensued. Those sounds are unforgettable, as is the pain. Later, I found out that my quadriceps tendons were totally severed from my quads and torn from my patella (knee cap).
I had my surgery on Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. I've been in casts and on meds ever since. Today is Jan. 16, 2012. This past Monday, January 9th, my left cast was removed and I was given a Bledsoe Brace, which would allow me to start physical therapy up to 30 degrees. My right leg remains in a hard long leg cast until January 30th because it was damaged way worse. As the surgeon said, "it was as if a bomb blew up in my right knee". So, on the 30th, hopefully I will get this cast off and I can begin therapy with the right leg as well. My first therapy session was on the 10th of January..By my second therapy session which was Thursday the 12lfth, I was able to bend my knee all the way to 30 degrees!!!! My PT and i were both amazed and surprised and of course pleased. I thank God for this progress and pray for and expect more progress. Thank God for healing!!
I'm telling this story because i would like to know if anyone has had a complete tear of the quad tendon as I have, and what your experience was or is.
Thanks for your time and feedback.