First post-op visit update!
Last Friday, I had my one week post-op follow up appointment at RHO. I shall bullet point the highlights!
** The staff at Rochester Hills Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are (still) awesome. They are positive and down to earth. They set you at ease and are super helpful. And I really appreciate the way that they treat you like a complete individual. I'm sure each staff member has seen an Achilles rupture patient like a million times, but they take the time to explain every step of what they're doing and what I can expect like I'm the first person they've ever walked through the process. I feel like that is so important and so nice.
** Total surprise to me, but they took my cast off! One week post-surgery and I am cast-free! For anyone who has never had a cast on or taken off before, it is not scary at all. I mean, the thought of it is I guess. Like, sitting there, I considered briefly that at any moment she might slice my leg off. But it's kinda not possible. So calm down. :) And she was so careful. It just kind of makes your leg feel "vibratey" from the saw thingy. (Which is small and quiet and again, not scary. See below!)
** After the cast came off, and I moved into the exam room, I had about a five minute window where I felt suuuuper woozy. They said that's pretty normal. I don't know if it's attributed more to the blood being able to rush fully back to the limb...or perhaps more of a mental aspect because I knew my whole baby tender just-surgeried area was all exposed and vulnerable and my incision site was riiiiiiiiiight there all I had to do was glance down (which I absoLUTEly did not do - ew). Anyway, they got me some water, I laid down so I wouldn't pass out, and it was all good! ** Doctor said everything looked great! Incision was good. I found out that all my closure stitches are inside. They do it like you would if you were sewing a pillow or stuffed animal, for example. After you turn your sewing project right side out and are ready to finish it - you do that little closure stitch where you can't see anything from the outside...(yes I'm a craft nerd)...so they will just dissolve eventually. (SUUUUper happy about that. I was NOT looking forward to having to get stitches cut out. Ew again.) ** AND - I found out my internal stitches are made with Kevlar! You know, the stuff they make bullet proof vests and bridge cable out of?? Doc said I could pull a train with them stitches. Woohoo!