I've had 3 surgeries on my left ankle in less than 3 years for tendon repair. This last surgery, the surgeon tightened my ligament to my fibula and calcaneous bones with screws. I don't know how your doc can say that you will be able to get around so soon, especially having surgery on both ankles within a week of each other. All 3 times, I was total non-weight bearing for 4 weeks, then in a boot for several weeks. It is tough not being able to put weight on your foot and get around. I would suggest if you have family or friends who could help you while you're recovering to ask them to help especially since you have small children. I hope this helps. Good luck.