It’s been a really loooooooong time since I wrote here, but please take that as a good thing. I’ve gone from moving at a snails pace to now I’m hitting 10K to 12K steps a day before the pain hits a serious threshold. In fact I was rushing back my office to NY Penn Station the other day (about 10 blocks) and realized that my right ankle (the one that I have not yet had surgery done on) was in pain. Which meant that my left ankle actually felt better. That’s some serious improvement now that I think about it!
After 71 days of NWB, I’m finally on my feet – very, very slowly… but, I’m vertical for the first time in a long, long time!
So the best and worst part of this recovery has been a device that I now swear by and highly recommend for anyone going through this experience – my knee scooter. Complete with decals of flames, this little baby rocks. For the first time in years, Im able to keep up with my family – I was usually the little old guy gimping along in the back of the pack. But with my electric blue knee scooter with flames on it, Im able to lead the pack for once.
Yesterday morning, bright and early, I started the modern torture known to the medical community as Physical Therapy.
We need this in America
Health Insurance should not be related to your employer. Ok. I said it. Yeah. That’s right and I mean it too. Health benefits started out as a way of keeping employees tied to the company for the robber barons of the past. They were meant to be something that they could give to employees to keep them on the job and since everyone living in the town already worked for them anyway, it sorta made sense. Fast forward to the 2000’s and we are stuck with such an antiquated system it makes me weep.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I decided to leave one firm and join the other right in the middle of my recovery and rehab. What you may not have known is that I decided (for other financial reasons) to setup my own consulting company and become a self-employeed American.
So word of warning: whatever you do, don’t Google the combination of your procedure name and “youtube”.
After my post about the pain I endured from this procedure (bustedachilles.wordpress), someone asked what procedure I had done. At the time I didnt know, but could only describe it the way that the surgeon did to me – which involved words like “scraping” and “sawing off a bit of bone” and “moving a tendon from the side of my foot to the back”.
That was generally good enough for me, but when I received my prescription for my PT yesterday, there at the top of the form was the actual diagnosis…
With little regard for the state of my stomach, I did something stupid – I went ahead and searched for one of the procedures with the word “youtube”. And then, I watched it.
Ugh! He did THAT to me? Im actually surprised that I’m not in more pain. Seriously. Thats sick. And, sorta WOW.
If you’re curious and have a strong stomach, conduct the following search “achilles tendon repair with fhl transfer youtube”
Other stuff done included: “s/p calcanea osteotomy” and “achilles debridement”. But I couldnt get past the first video… yuck.
If youve been following my tale of woe. You know by now that I had to put off working up in NYC with my team for the last 3 weeks because of a post-op infection that hit me as soon as I put on DaBoot and spent a day in NYC.
My new gig that I started right in the middle of my recovery, is meant to revolutionalize the way that this old-school large company does software development. I am a big proponent of Agile and Scrum in particular, and when my friend asked me to help him bring it to his company I jumped at the chance.