Hello all! I just got my stitches out today and am so excited about it... Just wanted to preface that I have a new username for privacy's sake and hope this doesn't cause any confusion.
Anyway, I am doing well. I went back to work Monday and did two work days (no students... Just prep and planning) to ease my way back in. Today was my first teaching day and it was great to have my kinders back. I used my knee scooter and that was very manageable.
I did tire out pretty quickly as I haven't been sleeping well (I keep flexing my injured foot at night and jolting awake in pain). I modified my lesson plans a bit so I could rest throughout the day when I needed to and it went well. My kinders were very helpful and my paras (teacher aids) were ecstatic to have me back. Kinders have a hard time when their teacher is away.
As for my foot, I've definitely had more pain this go-around but it seems to be easing. Taking two weeks off versus one was a smart move. I'm still tired but am able to work well - even with a very active job - because of the scooter.
I went to my doc after school today and got my stitches taken out. Here's a link to a picture (allowed, I'm told because of the anonymous hosting website):
After two weeks last time, my scar was bumpy and icky looking. This time it is flat and looks wonderful! I keloid when I scar so I'm hoping this one heals better.
Dr. H says it looks great. I have an aircast boot and am allowed to sleep in a night splint. He was going to send me home without one, but I told him I've been clenching my foot at night and am scared of sleeping in nothing.
Several times a day, I need to take the boot off and flex my foot up and down to prevent scarring... Hence the reason for a boot after two weeks instead of a cast. He says that tendons heal differently than ligaments. Huh...
I also need to gradually - I like that word! - learn to put weight on it. I asked if it is okay to still be using the scooter - especially at school where I have to zip around to work with lots of kids... Walk lines of kids to different places in our school, etc. - and he said, 'Absolutely.' Guess he really meant the gradually.
I am so so happy to be out of the splint. I was hoping for a shower tonight but have to wait until Saturday for the little holes from my stitches to close over. Three more days is nothing compared to last time. Yay!
I got my surgical report and discover that the tear in my peroneal longus tendon was over 1 1/2 inches long! It was less than an inch last time. I'm not sure how it grew... Bah. He split the brevis sheath, debrided it and augmented it by transferring the longus over to it. His report said he then flexed my foot all around to make sure I had normal movement (sooooo glad I was out for that part!) and all looked great...
So there you have it! I will take Percocet tonight since it's definitely sore from the appointment, but I did well at work today with just Advil and tylenol. Thank goodness... Percocet definitely gets rid of pain but the side effects (need a better stool softener if I'm ever on it again...) were awful.