I have been doing research and looking for some support groups for my boyfriend who just recently had a Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture.
Here is his story:
The accident happened on November 15, 2014. We had started our day with excitement as we were planning on celebrating my boyfriend’s daughter’s 12th birthday at a trampoline park. He and I had been planning this for several weeks and made arrangements with our friends to bring their kids for a fun filled day of jumping. Everything started out great and all of the kids were pumped to jump. Originally the parents were not going to be jumping but then my boyfriend and his childhood friend started watching youtube videos of the trampoline park and they decided that it was just too cool of a place not to jump. So we got them tickets as well to jump with the kids. My boyfriend and his friend ride dirt bikes, snowboard, hike, and are just all-around athletes. We had to wait for our time to jump so during that time he and our friend were stretching because let’s face it they aren’t kids anymore but still act like them. I spent the time going around the park taking pictures and videos of the children as they were jumping around. After jumping around for about 45 minutes this is when my boyfriend took 3 jumps with plans to land into an airbag. It is on the 3rd jump that his quads snapped and he fell into the airbag. At this time we had no idea what had just happened or how serious his injuries were. It took 3 guys to pull him out of this air bag onto flat land. Still not knowing what was wrong we loaded him up into my car by carrying him into a wheelchair and lifting him into the back of my SUV. We trucked it to the hospital and waited for about 9 hours until we finally got answers that he had Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (BQTR). There was no surgeon on call so he had to wait until morning to have the surgery to repair the tears. So he laid in a hospital bed from about 1:30PM Saturday until about 8:30AM Sunday with his tendons balled up in his thighs. He was in a lot of pain as I know most of you have already experienced. The surgery went great but coming out in the recovery did not go so well. Nothing was touching the pain that he was in and then finally after about 2 hours of agony they gave him nerve blockers in both legs that numbed from his pelvis to his knee. That was a lifesaver for him. That day was rough. The next day the hospital wanted to discharge him when the pain was not under control yet and it took him about 45 minutes just to get out of bed. He was able to take 3 steps forward then back and a few side steps but the pain was through the roof for him. The following days his progress of taking steps increased little by little working with PT and then on the fourth day after surgery he was able to go home. And since then it has been filled with good days and bad days. He is walking around in full extension with his braces and a walker but what was something simple like going to the bathroom has now become a task in a half. He is a very independent person so this has been a very trying event in his life. And on top of all of that he makes his living as a carpenter so this has been very difficult for him to process. He has had his follow up port-op appointment to get his staples removed. He was happy to get out of the house but is very concerned about the recovery process. I have been doing research and everything that I am reading is saying that with time he will be able to go back to his normal lifestyle but he is concerned about being able to return to his living of being a carpenter and of course doing what he loves most ride Motocross. I’m just kind of looking for a support group of people who have been through this experience before that might be able to shed some light on to him and on to me. So far we have had good days and of course bad days and I know that there will be more to come but I’m hoping that maybe I can give him something to look forward to.
I'm also getting frustrated because people who are not doctors are telling him that he is not going to be able to return to being a carpenter or ride dirt bikes again so he should just give that thought out of his head. We don't need that negativity in our lives right now. I'm just trying to find something positive for him to focus on.
Any tips to make our lives a little easier would be great! I'm just reaching out anywhere that I think that I can find information.