Thursday, April 21, 2011

R - Rupture

Yes, it's ruptured--the Achilles tendon in Jamie's right leg is badly torn.  This morning he went to an ultra sound and the technician told him it's "hanging by a thread".... Somehow it's taken three weeks to find this out.  He's been hobbling around finishing his classes and writing exams and now there's talk of surgery. 

 I'm wondering if the medical system here in BC may be ruptured too.  Jamie saw an emergency room doctor on April 1st who sent him home with a bandaid over the wound and the suggestion that he might need crutches.  Then he saw a doctor at a walk-in clinic a week later who told him to go home and elevate the leg.  It wasn't until we got him home to Victoria to see our family doctor that we found out about the rupture. 

The timing is unfortunate as Jamie was set to start an exciting summer job as a junior engineer at Viking Air on the 2nd of May.  So our regular life and plans for the summer are ruptured now, as we wait for the doctor to look at the ultrasound and decide what the next step will be.  


  1. Oh, what a shame! I mean the loss of opportunities for you all. But also the runaround re diagnosis. Your experience hasn't built much trust, has it?

  2. Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear this story, but most especially in respect to the delay in treatment. One would think that in modern times, we could expect more.

    I wish your son a speedy recovery.

  3. My son had to have surgery on his achilles when he was a child (over 30 years ago). The foot was casted to the knee, and he got around just fine on crutches after a short period of recuperation. Surely in all these years, the surgery has been even more refined. I hope for a fast healing for him - he must be in pain.


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