Dreaming about skiing

February 26, 2012

AT Rehab has settled into a routine now - concentrating on walking without a limp, visiting the PT every week or two, regular trips to the gym and regular stretching/exercise sessions at home with the stimulator.  I am quite happy that I bought the stimulator now.  I do think it helps to work the muscle, especially in my case where I lost a lot of muscle because of my first failed surgery.  For example now I am using it when I do heel raises, and it tires out my calf muscle quickly.  I am also still stimulating parts of the gluteus muscle on my injured side while doing exercises, because that muscle had also atrophied.

I am walking, going up and down stairs, etc much better now than before.  There is a lot less stiffness and pain in the AT.  Still battling a bit of numbness in the heel region, and stiffness when I have been sitting at my desk for long periods.   I haven’t been jogging yet, but that is my next goal.

I have a Swiss ski trip planned for Easter so that is another incentive to keep working.  Can’t wait to get out on the snow.  All the best to everyone - it should get much better.

6 Responses to “Dreaming about skiing”

  1. Janus Says:

    Sounds like you’ve been working hard and making good progress. Easter, and your ski trip, will be here soon. Congrats on what you’ve accomplished so far, and I hope and expect your rehab break in the Swiss Alps will be great for the body, mind, and sould. All best!

  2. ryanb Says:

    It seems like you’ve turned the corner with this injury Ahnadlass. I have no doubt that you’ll be able to do your Easter ski vacation. Skiing in Switzerland is one of those things I’ve always wanted to do.

    To keep you thinking about it, here’s some ski video I shot earlier today:

  3. ahnadlass Says:

    Love the video from the helmet cam. Great bump skiing. Snowbird is an all-time favorite.

  4. Narty Says:

    Hi guys, i’m thinkin’ of buying skis or snowboard. which of these is easier to learn? i’ve never been skiing before

  5. ryanb Says:

    I do both. In my estimation, the snowboard has a short, but steep learning curve. After 5 or 6 days, you can be an OK intermediate level snowboarder- or at least look like one ;-) But, those first 5 or 6 days might be pretty painful; I tell people to armor up (knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, padded shorts, etc.) during that early period.
    Skiing usually takes a lot longer to become proficient. It’s a slower, but gentler sport to learn.

    Those, of course, are gross generalizations- some people just have a natural aptitude for one or the other.

    If you’ve got a hurt Achilles; skiing is going to be something you can do much earlier, because a rigid ski boot gives you much more support than a typical modern snowboard setup. I’m not sure I’d take up either as a new sport until I was fully recovered from an ATR injury though.

  6. ahnadlass Says:

    In the past, I have skied and snowboarded, but on my upcoming trip, I am going to be too scared to snowboard as there is much more stress on the achilles such as on the toe-side turns.