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This is my first post here, thanks to everyone on here for all the great info, it made my recovery much better. Lets get to the basics; I was 51 yrs old when I ruptured my RQT back on 02/10/2013. Just over 6', 200 lbs. I fell down a muddy hill in the backyard of a home I was appraising.My right foot ended up behind my left side of my rear end. My surgery was on 02/21/2013 which makes it exactly 12 weeks ago.

 

I was walking without crutches (full weight bearing) about 2 hours after surgery (as soon as I got home). I did not have a nerve block or anything, whatever they gave me worked great.I was in a straight leg brace. Of course the first night was a little rough (by the way I live by myself except for 3 dogs @120lbs each and 4 cats, along with a Blue and Gold McCaw. First PO appointment seven days after the surgery and everything went fine. 2nd PO appointment, removed staples, placed in brace locked at zero and set up appointments for PT. Due to their schedule I could not get in to start until 4 weeks PO. First PT appointment I was at - 75 ROM, (had not bent my leg at all unitll then) week 5 - 123 ROM, week 6 - 140 ROM which is 5 degrees better than my good leg.. At week 6, the OS unlocked my brace fully, that's right from zero to full open. I was hoping for 30 degrees, guess I underestimated myself. I also started walking around the house most of the time without the brace at about 7 weeks. I was going to PT twice a week up to week nine when I cut it back to once a week and then stopped it totally after 10 weeks. I was doing more at home by myself than I was doing there. I bought one of those electrical stimulation machines and started using it twice a day (20 minutes at a time) starting around week five.

 

I must be strange because I started driving locked at zero at just over 2 weeks PO. I simply put the seat back all the way, then reclined the seat back and was able to slide right in, then I would tilt the seat down in the front, slid the seat forward and my foot sits just like it always does. I never lift my foot when driving, just simply tilt it left for the brake and right for the gas. I would go walking starting about this time for about 2 hours a day while using nothing more than a shopping cart. I would always park far out in the parking lot at a Walmart, Grocery Store, Home Depot, etc  next to where all the shopping carts were returned, limp to the cart and then just go for it. Never had any problems.

 

As of today, I saw the doctor and he said just ditch the brace totally, your done! No need for any followups, just keep doing the PT at home. I am still going to use a brace I bought off Amazon when working not knowing what the yards (hilly, etc) look like until I get there. I have already been back to work for about 2.5 weeks now and done a dozen appraisals with no problems. Since I work for myself, no work = no income at all. All in all this has cost me about $30,000 over this period, $ 25k in income and 5k for the insurance deductible which I only increased from $2,000 this year after not using any insurance (except for a yearly physical) for the last 5 years. Just bad timing on my part.

 

I am still a little hesitant on steps, going up not down (I am strange as I know that is opposite of most people here) but I tink its just my mind playing tricks on me. Its getting better everyday. If I can cut my grass in my backyard which is on a hill, root filled form Maple trees and holes from the dogs along with the minefield of poop in the backyard since I was not to clean it up. I feel like I can do anything without a problem except for those darn steps! (some of the time that is when my mind psychs me out) The scar is really going away really good and I don't think it will be easily visible very soon. I will post a picture soon.

 

One last thing, my diet is about as bad as you can get, lets put it this way, if I ate every single meal at McDonalds it would be a vast improvement. My first two weeks I had a friend go to McDonalds and by  a dozen McDoubles and a dozen Egg McMuffins and I froze them and just nuked them when I wanted one. I also ate pizza that was delivered along with assorted chips and snack cakes. I did gain about 25lbs during the first 6 weeks but have lost about half of that already and will be back to my normal weight very soon. While this way of eating has always worked for me I don't recommend it to anyone else. Thanks again to everyone on here, I'm glad I found this forum. I wish everybody s speedy recovery! 

 

Bill

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I must be strange because I started driving locked at zero at just over 2 weeks PO. I simply put the seat back all the way, then reclined the seat back and was able to slide right in, then I would tilt the seat down in the front, slid the seat forward and my foot sits just like it always does. I never lift my foot when driving, just simply tilt it left for the brake and right for the gas.

 

This, of course, is against doctors orders and is useally not be allowed by many car insurance policies.

But, I suspect most people start driving again before they should.  Er, Ah 4 weeks post injury I drove back roads to PT

with a cast on my right ankle.  eek.gif

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My doctor had full knowledge of when I started driving. He knew I needed to drive to get to PT as I had no one that could take me on a regular basis. He said as long as I kept the brace locked at zero and was comfortable, it was fine by him. As for the insurance question, no where in policy does it show any restrictions about wearing braces, etc. My doctor specialized in sports related injuries and has a very aggressive approach to recovery which seems to have worked for me.

Bill
 

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I was advised by the surgeon who put a plate in my LEFT leg to consult my auto insurer before driving with the brace and crutches (of course, my cars both have clutches). Somewhere in every policy is something about impairment.
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