Part 1: Little Background
On May 22nd, 2013 a Toyota Forerunner turned in front of me while I was riding my Specialized road bike. I slammed into the side of the Forerunner at around 20 mph. In a blink of an eye I was injured pretty badly.
I had surgery on Wednesday, January 29th, to rebuild my injured right ankle. Here are links to my previous blog on the accident:
Part 2: Really Long Surgery
My wife and I arrived at the orthopedic hospital at noon. I left on crutches at 7:00 PM. The orthopedic surgeon I selected specializes in foot and ankle trauma. He told me he worked on my foot, ankle and lower calf for four hours.
The Common Tendinous Sheath of the Peroneus Longus and Brevis Tendons was torn apart. The Superior and Inferior Fibular Retinacula, which are the ligaments that help stabilize the foot, were torn completely apart. The tendons that attach the peroneus to the lower foot were 50% torn loose from the bone.
And the damage that took surgery team the longest to repair was the 80% detachment of the Peroneus Tendons from the Calf muscles. The tendons were progressively tearing away from the muscles.
The Surgeon told me that the tendons cold have torn away from the muscle at any time, and that I had the operation none too soon. This injury was not part of the original diagnoses. The doctor told me this type of tearing is nearly impossible to detect with an MRI.
Part 3: Big Ugly Boot
I see the orthopedic doctor on Monday to get a walking cast. Until Monday, I have to wear a big nasty support boot.
This bad boy is really heavy. I have to wear it all the time. The first night home, the darn boot was so hard to sleep in, I had taken it off. I got up to go to the bathroom and jumped out of bed like I always do. When I hit the floor, my right foot buckled and I bumped my head on the night stand. Boy, did that ever hurt. I called the orthopedic doctor. He said I didn't do any damage, but that I should wear the boot all the time.
Here is a photo of the swelling in my right leg. I am pretty much useless and have to keep the foot and ankle elevated and iced.
The swelling is going down, but my right foot and ankle are pretty tender. I hobbling around on crutches.
Part 4: My Wife is Mean!
My wife is fixing me good calorie controlled meals because she said in the eight weeks it takes me to recover, "You would swell up like a balloon". For dinner tonight she is preparing a healthy sweet potato casserole. She is really taking good care of me.
Here is my wife, Annette, doing my job.
She is operating the "Uber Snowblower". We have received an additional foot of snow since I took these photos earlier today.
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