Surgery on My Ankle Two Months Later

It’s been two months now since surgery on my ankle at the beginning of October and I couldn’t be happier. Sure my ankle is still stiff and there’s continued numbness around my toes. But, the pain from the end stage ankle arthritis I was suffering has ceased completely. I continue to get physical therapy and religiously do my exercises at home, adding more as my ankle replacement improves. I saw Dr. Clanton at The Steadman […]

Transitioning to Shoes After TAR Surgery

It’s been a somewhat challenging couple of weeks. Now that I’m over six weeks out from my TAR surgery, I’ve been able to achieve the next phase of recovery. I’m now out of the walking boot and into hiking boots pretty much full time. Transition Protocol I’ve been following the protocol given to me by Dr. Clanton at The Steadman Clinic that has a two week procedure for moving fully into a shoe. It hasn’t […]

Two Weeks Flat on my Back Following TAR Surgery

I settled in quickly at our friend Thelma’s house near Vail for the first two weeks after my TAR surgery. It is a beautiful fall and the view from my upstairs bedroom is a panorama of yellows, greens and golds. A Daily Routine Develops A routine develops of somewhat uncomfortable, intermittent, (thank God for the urinal) sleep, waking earlier than I would like, draping myself with the nerve block pumps and hobbling cautiously to the […]

Ankle Replacement Recovery; Necessities to Ease Your Time .

Our dear friend Thelma graciously invited Yolanda and me to spend the first couple weeks of my ankle replacement recovery at her lovely home in the Vail area. My other options, either at our cabin or our condo in the foothills outside Denver, involved difficult situations like uneven ground, carrying firewood, outdoor plumbing or several flights of stairs. Thankfully, Thelma’s got a stairlift eliminating any need to climb stairs on crutches. I’m tentative and apprehensive […]