Monday, February 4, 2008

You gonna tell me the difference between this guy and that guy is luck?

I am shocked the doctor has given me the okay to ditch the boot. I have been reading on the internet about many people’s experiences with this injury and they all appear to have different recovery times. Some orthopedic surgeons are conservative and some, like mine, are very aggressive. Every time I visit with my doctor I ask him, “When can I play basketball again?” Every time he gives me the same answer, “six months.”

Some people (who posted on stated that they have reported not losing the boot until week 14 post operation! I am not using my boot at week 8 post operation. It appears every surgeon does things differently based upon their experiences. Every day my leg is getting stronger. The atrophy of my calf was bad, but I have noticed it is improving. When I first started walking without the boot, I walked with a severe limp. Now in just the past few days it has improved greatly. Although, the tendon still feels stiff. When I am walking I can feel the tightness of the tendon, almost like I haven’t stretched it in months (in which case I haven’t). I know I could not stand on my toes or walk up stairs if I wanted. As my limp dissipates, I cannot wait to see what I can do in a month from now.