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Huge weekend for me - I feel whole again

post #1 of 18
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Since my second surgery I have been putting more and more pressure on my foot and leg, but still in the brace (due to my broken ankle). Last weekend I decided to try going without the brace for 2 days straight to see how much my ankle could take - I was surprised that I could actually put some weight on it and stand for short periods. So all this past week I really started putting major pressure on my leg while still in the boot brace and began to try to walk a bit with the crutches. Things were going really well so I took the next big step...

On Saturday I was actually able to get a shoe on my injured foot (which pretty much was looking like a sausage - it had lost about 20 layers of skin and callouses through non-use and was swollen and round instead of flat like normal). This was the first time my foot was in a shoe in 10 weeks. With a shoe on my foot and no brace in sight I managed to begin walking using only one crutch on Saturday morning. I kept working the leg all day to regain strength. By Saturday night I could take a few small shuffle steps without any crutches. Today for the first time in 10 months I really started walking again. It's really painful, but it's happening. I was so happy I decided to go drive my car (I know, I'm nuts, but I really felt confident I could do it). I drove my wife and myself to our V-day dinner.

So I'm laying here now dealing with some pain in my leg and ankle from all the walking, but I'm definitely feeling "whole" again - like a normal person and not so much of a gimp. I'm still using one crutch since I don't have enough strength to walk very far without it, but I hope that by the end of this week I'll be completely crutchless. That will be 2 weeks ahead of schedule .

My leg still has problems with swelling and my injured ankle and foot are much larger than my good side, but through use I think it'll return to normal faster - I already see a big difference in my foot - it's flattening out again.

Thanks for letting me share...
post #2 of 18
Awesome! Are you doing any particular physical therapy exercises/routines to get your strength back? Isn't it a great feeling to be doing things that you never used to even think about before the injury? Things that, after the injury, you wonder how you'll ever do again.

Today is a big day for me too -- I've been doing a lot of PT for a week, and finally, for the first time since my injury I am able to walk with a heel-strike and near-full weight on the injured leg.
post #3 of 18
Way to go NOODLE MAN

Here's wishing more GOOD on YA
post #4 of 18
Whooo hoooo for Noodler and Faisal!
I'm pulling for both of you!
post #5 of 18
It is really nice to hear some good news about the injured bears. Still, it is painful to read about this. It could happen to any of us.
post #6 of 18
How're the purple/yellow/purple color changes and the itching?


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Whooo hoooo for Noodler and Faisal!
I'm pulling for both of you!
Uh.. pull the other one?
post #7 of 18
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I need to take some new pics - maybe I'll do that tonight or tomorrow morning. All of the discoloration/bruising is gone now. I'm just left with some really pretty scars!

Mostly what I dealt with last night I could only call "growing pains" - the pain feels just like what I dealt with when I was a kid and still growing taller. It's almost like I can feel the bone trying to grow. Not much itching and supposedly that's a bad thing - my doc said the itching is a sign that the nerve endings in your skin are regrowing. Right now all of the areas around the incisions are completely numb - I'm not sure if I'll get the feeling back there.
post #8 of 18
Alright!
post #9 of 18
Very glad to hear that you're recovering.
post #10 of 18
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Not much itching and supposedly that's a bad thing - my doc said the itching is a sign that the nerve endings in your skin are regrowing. Right now all of the areas around the incisions are completely numb - I'm not sure if I'll get the feeling back there.

Give it a chance. Nerve regeneration is really slow compared to bone and muscle regrowth. Give it a year at least. When the itching does occur, it can be awful. Because it is from nerves, scratching doesn't really relieve it! (from personal experience) Five years after surgery in the neck region, I am still slowly regaining normal sensation in my upper arm. It still itches at times.
post #11 of 18
Glad to hear the good news Noodler-and Faisal. Faisey, you haven't had surgery yet. Correct? If so, when are you scheduled? LewBob
post #12 of 18
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Faisey, you haven't had surgery yet. Correct? If so, when are you scheduled?
No, haven't had the surgery yet. The PT right now is to get back range of motion and flexibility in the knee before I go under the knife. I'm hoping to have the surgery the last week in March -- that'll give us a bit of time after the baby arrives (fingers crossed!).
post #13 of 18
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Thanks for letting me share...
...and glad you did as it is very inspirational both the progress and positive approach you are demonstrating after such serious leg trauma. Please continue with your updates and milestones.
post #14 of 18
Noodler, you are THE MAN! I'm so glad you've passed another hurdle! And you drove! WOO HOO!

These landmarks are what keeps hope alive. I wish you many more. It's like a yo-yo, isn't it? There's a really good day, then a bad day, then 2 good days, then a not so good day......and soon, they're mostly all good days.

The numbness is a strange one, and will pass. Tingling and itching is better than nothing because it means that soon you'll feel again. And it won't be pain.

You're my inspiration.
post #15 of 18
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Update picture

I promised a new pic and managed to convince my wife to snap one this morning. I wanted it for myself just so that I can monitor my progress over the coming months, but here are my legs in all their glory - isn't my injured leg (the right) sexy? You have to love the red swelling - it fit right in on Valentine's Day.
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post #16 of 18
I know that color! I get it when I shower or stand more than 10 minutes!

You look pretty darn good, considering what you've gone through! And there's not that much swelling, really, but you can tell there's muscle loss when you compare your legs.

Is that a scar below your left knee on the diagonal, or am I seeing things?

Still having good progress and feeling 'whole'?
post #17 of 18
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I purposely had that pic taken first thing in the morning when the swelling is at its best. By the end of the day it's much worse (especially since I've quit using the support stocking). I had to work yesterday (IT data center stuff) and ended up on my feet for 12 hours! When I finally got home the cuff of my jeans was so tight around my leg I couldn't pull it up over my calf. My leg was about 50% more swelled than typical.

What you can't see in that picture from the front is the deformity in my lower shin. From the side view a 3-4" long "ridge" sticks out considerably - right where it would be in a ski boot. I have yet to figure out what this is going to mean for skiing, but I think it will be easier to work around that than the malrotation I was dealing with before the second surgery.

BTW - That's not a scar on my left leg - just a funky "bed head" pattern in my leg hair .
post #18 of 18
On your feet for 12 hours? Are you MAD?? Did your doctor clear you for that? It seems impossible!

From what I read in Hermann's book, fitting into a boot wasn't an issue, but then again he had special bootfitters working for him. Let's hope that it isn't an issue for you or me. By next year, it should be well healed and ready to go.
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