3.5 weeks ago I had nearly completely severed my left quadriceps tendon and had a major gash across my lower quad, following a mountain bike accident where some other trail users deliberately put debris across the trail. Feeling pretty glum today it was great to come across this forum and learn from so many great posts. I'll continue to read but here is a snapshot of my situation.
Week one - managed pain with strong meds, lived off the couch. Used crutch(s) for the minimal getting around the house. Knee felt like a loose ball-joint on a car.
W2 - removed the brace and got off the meds. Couldn't bend leg but following the instructions form from hospital began to put more weight on it and even tried to bend it. Without being able to bend I removed the bandages to see the major gash, swollen, and with 18 staples across. Hospital finally returned my call and told me NOT to bend to and keep the brace on. (Would have been nice to know). Major hip pains from straight leg, managed mostly with Tylenol. Not realizing that the tendon was severed I was enormously disappointed to learn from the surgeon that I need to keep the leg straight (new brace) and not weight on it for another month! Only PT following it.
W3 - Finally shaved my beard (a statement of sorts). Calve muscle is very sore for many minutes when I get up and experiencing some tingling in my foot. Colour is ok though and I've tried to stretch it out with any flex of the quad. Leg has gone from very toned and muscular to flabby yet still swollen. I find that not being able to put weight on the leg is extremely challenging as pain is not prohibitive. I liken it to eating without using your front teeth.
Lots of concern throughout the cycling community (Ottawa, Canada) and friends have shown support but it really is a personal struggle - shared with my family and I'm reluctant to ask for help with yard tasks before Winter.
Considering events around the world, I don't feel hard done by, though this remains a difficult situation.
As a 41 year old avid recreational athlete (biker, skier, swimmer...) I rarely go for more than a few days without exercise, using it as a major component of my physical and psychological well being. The recovery has taken my to places in both that are not familiar.
Family has been very supportive but activity aside, I long to be able to run around with my 2 year old son and help my wife with more duties around our country home. Furthermore, I have tried to work throughout but this will definitely put my job at risk.
All considered, I still feel very fortunate, realize that it could have been much worse and am thankful for the care received. Reading the posts it seems to be a long journey ahead and I do look forward to coming out of this stronger than before.
Best wishes on all of your recovery's and I'll continue to read about your journeys.