I am now free of my cast but have an Aircast to wear. This is a ‘ski boot’ like device which I put on to hobble about but can take off for physio treatment and to aid scar healing etc.
I went to the physio last week and he will let me start to swim next week if the scar is healed sufficiently. The healing was going OK apart from one small area of the scar which was a bit sore. The reason for this became apparent on Thursday when I did the typical bloke thing and was picking at the scar. I thought I found a bit of dead skin but as I tugged at it, it was clear that it was the tip of an internal stitch. I duly despatched it with a sharp tug and pulled out a piece of thread about 10mm long.
I was really pleased as I thought this was what was delaying the healing and now it would heal quickly and swimming would be on the cards. However, Friday had me picking at it again only to find another piece of thread. This time I tugged very hard but it didn’t want to shift. Off I went to clinic to let the nurse have a look. She decided that it wasn’t going to come out either and cut it as short as possible and dressed the wound in the hope that it would start to dissolve and allow the scar to heal properly. So, I am hoping that when I remove the dressing tomorrow the scar will have healed sufficiently, as some form of exercise would be really good.
The nurse also gave me a severe talking to as she found out I had been walking around at home without my boot on. This is clearly a no-no and she read me the riot act.
If I can start swimming next week that’ll certainly help me to start to regain my fitness. The next step is more physio and then in three weeks time the ski boot may be able to be dispensed with. If the Prof (Surgeon) is happy with that the physio will let me do some static cycling and this should really help speed my recovery and with any luck soon after I may be able to start jogging.
We had some friends round last night and one of them was working hard to convince me that my Achilles will never be the same. That’s the second person to try to ‘be helpful’ with information about my recovery. Is it just the nature of us Brits to be so bloody pessimistic? I include me in that of course.
Meanwhile I am gradually getting my RAAM experience down on paper but it is taking much longer than I thought and I feel that I am only covering the surface of things and not really getting in to the nitty-gritty of all the finer points of the personal interactions and emotions that the team went through. Maybe I’ll have to put that in later as a separate section rather than threading it throughout the entire read.