Tuesday, November 23, 2021

My Lisfranc Adventure

On September 28, 2021, I tore the Lisfranc ligament in my right foot. This chronicles the treatment of that tear.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

My wife and I were taking a break during our nightly Korean Drama. I was walking up the stairs from our basement "theater" when my right foot slipped off the step. As pain shot through my foot I grabbed onto the railing and crawled up the stairs.

It was only a slight sprain, I thought. I limped back down the stairs and finished the KDrama.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (1 day after accident)

I did "normal things, all day, driving the car several times during the day. In the evening I made several trips down the stairs to move the volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia from my main floor office to a bookshelf in the basement. We watched another KDrama episode.

As we were getting ready for bed, my wife became alarmed at how swollen my right foot was.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 (2 days after accident)

At 8:00 a.m.--as soon as the Urgent Care center next to the hospital opened,  my wife loaded me into the car and drove me to have the foot examined. After x-rays of the right and left foot had been taken, they put a boot on my foot, made me sit in a wheelchair, and wheeled me across the parking lot for an MRI.

The diagnosis: a Lisfranc injury. I would need to go see an orthopedic specialist.

Here I am, sitting in the Urgent Care center after having two x-rays (one of each foot) and before being wheeled across the parking lot to get an MRI.

Walking boot for right foot
The Urgent Care center sent me home with this walking boot on my right foot.

Friday, October 1, 2021 (3 days after accident)

I ordered a knee scooter from Amazon after reading that I would be unable to put weight on my right foot for some eight weeks--possibly much longer.

We purchased these crutches when my oldest son broke his leg in a trampoline accident. Since that time we have loaned it to our across-the-street neighbor twice and to a grandson once. Now I got to use them.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 (4 days after accident)

My son showed up at 11 a.m. to move my computer from our basement to my main floor office. He also moved the television from the basement to the main floor.

Sunday, October 3, 2021 (5 days after accident)

The knee scooter arrived. I assembled it and began using it around the house.

Knee scooter
This knee scooter is my main method of getting around the house.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (1 week after accident)

I met with Dr. Karl Weenig, an orthopedic specialist. He confirmed that I had a Lisfranc injury and would almost certainly need surgery. He scheduled an appointment with a surgeon for Thursday.

Dr. Weenig was walking on an iWalk device--much like a peg leg. It turns out that he was recuperating from having torn his Achilles tendon. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 (9 days after accident)

My son drove me to see Dr. Collin Barber, who, after examining my foot, had me schedule foot surgery. Because the hospitals were so crowded with COVID patients, it would be 13 days until I could have surgery. On the way home we borrowed a wheelchair from my mother-in-law.

The doctor gave us a temporary handicap parking permit, good until January 4, 2022.

My wife drove me to IOC Home Medical, where we bought an iWalk device.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (15 days after accident)

Marlin Lewis, the Told Handyman, showed up at our house to install two grab bars in a bathroom on the main floor. This would allow my to shower without standing on both feet. He did a great job!

New grab bars in the tub/shower
Note the two horizontal grab bars in the tub enclosure.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (22 days after accident)

My son drove us to the Mountain Point Medical Center for surgery, scheduled at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Barber performed the surgery. I was home by 2:00 or 3:00 p.m.

This is me in the recovery room following surgery. Note the big splint on my right foot.

Sunday,  Ocbober 31, 2021 (Halloween)

The neighbor three houses away had set up a "fire organ" in his driveway. My wife talked me into scooting down the two steps at our front door. She carried down the knee scooter, and I gingerly took the scooter to his house, where I attempted to play (with errors--sorry about missing the Picardy third) the opening of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. (I was still on pain killers from the surgery.)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (5 weeks after accident)

Today is exactly five weeks since I sustained the Lisfranc injury. It is also exactly 13 days since Dr. Barber performed the surgery on my foot. I visited Dr. Barber for a follow-up today. He:

  • removed the splint
  • said the healing looked very good
  • removed the four stitches
  • put steri-strips over the (former) wound
  • wrapped the foot in a compression bandage

I was told to stay off the foot until at least December 14, when I will visit with the doctor again.

A tech put the "boot" that I was given at the InstaCare on my foot for the trip home.

I don't need the boot when moving around home. However, I should wear it in bed at night and whenever I go out.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (36 days after accident)

Sometime during the past week one of the nose pieces of my glasses had fallen off, so my wife drove me to a nearby vision center. I rode my knee scooter up a zig-zag wheelchair ramp to the front door. The missing piece was replaced in less than five minutes. On the way home, we stopped at the drive-through of Kneader's restaurant and picked up lunch.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 (40 days after accident)

With the splint removed, I ventured out to attend church for an hour. (My wife loaded the knee scooter into the car trunk, then unloaded it at the church.) We used our temporary handicap parking permit. Fortunately, there were no stairs at the church. I repeated this on the 14th and 21st.

Monday, November 15, 2021 (48 days after accident)

Received my Moderna booster for COVID-19. Very few people were there. I barely felt the needle, and had no side effects--not even a sore arm. (I also had no side effects in January and February when I had the first two shots.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (7 weeks after accident)

My wife drove me to the endodontist, who completed the final root canal that was begun before surgery. It went well. (Dr. Holmes is a great endodontist!)