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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pop goes the calf muscle

Well, that wasn't any fun at all. Last night, while bending over to give a welcome home kiss to Bette, my calf muscle popped. Not good. When I wasn't able to move my foot in a dorsiflexion manner while standing up without massive pain an hour later, it was time to go to the urgent care (before it closed).

Fifty dollars (our copay) and an hour and a half later and I have a prescription for Tylenol #3 and an order to see my orthopedist. The urgent care doc was pretty sure I did something to the Achilles Tendon, but couldn't determine the extent of the injury. But at this point we're discussing a healing time (and crutches) between a few months and half a year with possible surgery. Since I don't have weakness, we're hoping it's not going to be surgery.

I hate being laid up. And using crutches in the house sucks. Not to mention, it's my right leg, which means driving is going to be a problem. And did I forget to mention that since it's not been cold enough, the predominate weather condition on the ground equals slush. And all my classes are on the upper floors (but fortunately there are elevators).

4 comments:

Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

As one who is hobbling around regrowing a compressed nerve, I feel your anguish.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

Thanks, Dr. Phil. Here's hoping we both get better soon.

Elizabeth said...

Ouch. I hope the healing time is on the short end of that range.

Steve Buchheit said...

I hope so too, Elizabeth. Today if I keep my knees bents I can hobble a little faster and without pain.