Once the pain killers wear off, you realize that you can’t even get up and walk to the bathroom without finding your crutches. It is a little depressing. I hear that is a common reaction. Well, I’m not almost 2 weeks into my 6 weeks of crutch time. I don’t love it, but it has passed fairly quickly.
- The first 5 days were pretty easy, but I had this pain in my calf
- Days 5-7 were crazy with the blood clot and emergency room
- Finally, on Friday (Day 9), my calf was starting to feel better along with my spirits.
- The weekend (days 10 and 11) were actually good. We got out and enjoyed ourselves a little.
- Now I am back at work and it is getting better
There have been some rocky times with the blood clots, but most of the time has been pretty boring. Ultimately, I am just sitting on my back using the CPM machine. I’ve read a fair amount, slept some, tinkered with the web site a lot and had a chance to do nothing.
One of my personal fears for this whole endeavor was how the girls would take it. They are young, full of energy and like to do things together. Going out of commission means I won’t be doing as much. During the first few days after the emergency room, they were bouncing off the walls. We did not pay enough attention to them. My wife was paying attention to me and trying to catch up. It was hard for everyone.
Once I finally managed to get up and out, we had some fun. We got to the park where the girls had a blast. They needed it too. We also made it to “Fish Island” (Paradise Point resort) where they girls like to look at the fish and we enjoy the sensation of being on vacation.
Now I am focused on the flexibility in my leg/knee and maintaining some sort of base muscle set. The flexibility is key, and maintaining muscles will help prevent any future problems during the rehab.
I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel again.