1) April 29, 2010 – Morning after the rupture. Home from the ER in a splint, ankle swollen, achilles tendon ruptured
2) April 30, 2010 – At the Hospital for Special Surgery, reassured by pro jerseys (patients)
4) May 3, 2010 – Day of Surgery, what I look like coming out of anesthesia
5) Week 1 (post-surgery) – The nerve block from the knee down wears off, 3 days of extreme pain ensue, followed by intense pain for another 2 days. I’m told to take one blood thinner injection in the stomach every night to help prevent blood clots.
6) Week 1 – I take a combination of percaset and vicodin to ease the pain the entire week. Percaset is the only thing that helped.
7) Week 3A – The post-operative splint comes off at the beginning of Week 3, and I see my leg for the first time in two weeks. You can see how the muscle has atrophied since surgery.
Week 3B – The blue markings are lines that were drawn by the surgeon perpendicular to the incision. Some swelling is present around the ankle, typical for 2 weeks post-surgery. I’m told to start taking aspirin in place of the injections to help prevent blood clots and stimulate blood flow to the achilles tendon area.
Week 3C – At home before formal PT begins – Ankle Pump, Inversion/Ever, Circumduction