aileenscotland’s AchillesBlog

17 weeks and 3 days - haven’t been on for a while
February 16, 2011, 1:38 pm
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Hi to everyone. I can’t believe it’s so long since I’ve been on here. Nice to see all the regulars on, along with so many new people! It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was a newbie and now life is almost back to normal.


At the beginning, people asked me how long it had been since my injury and I could immediately tell them in weeks and days. Now, I’ve had to count up how may weeks it is. It’ll be 4 months tomorrow – or 17 weeks and 3 days.


Since I was last on, I’m back in the office, driving, exercising on the static bike and on the treadmill. I’ve been so busy catching up with everything that I haven’t had time to think. I’m still seeing my physio as I still have a slight limp, but I’m now down to once every 10 days-ish. She’s got me doing heel raises going up on two feet and then coming down on one; hard work but it’s coming along.


I did have a slight setback about 4 weeks ago. I was out walking, going downhill, and felt a ping in the back of my leg, along with pain. I panicked and ended up in A&E – after 4 hours of lots of calf squeezing and ultrasound they confirmed that it was just a sprain. Phew! It did teach me a lesson that Norm tries to teach us all – Watch Your Step!!! It’s so easy to become overconfident.


I loved reading all the new stories on the site and remembering. I laughed at Janet’s comments about making the bed. I had a similar experience with an ironing board! Trying to get the thing upright while standing on one leg and then realising that the iron wouldn’t reach the socket – not the best experience I’ve ever had.


I can also sympathise with Gary and the reaction to Norm’s protocol. I printed all the articles out, annotated them with my own comments and took them to the hospital – only to find that they wouldn’t even look at them. Good old NHS!


I still have real issues with swelling, and am still going downstairs one at a time, can’t put my good leg down first. Otherwise I feel great and am getting my life back. Still haven’t been to the football but our next home game is on the 26th so I’ll be there cheering on my team.


Good luck to you all x

9 weeks 4 days - and Physio!!!
December 23, 2010, 11:22 am
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Hi all, Merry Christmas.

Things have moved on very well since my last blog. I’ve realised since my injury (and due to this site) what a wimp I am! I was told at the hospital that I wouldn’t get physio fr a month and initially I just accepted that. However, thanks to responses on here (particularly Theresa - huge thanks) I pushed it, and I got an appointment on Tuesday.

I have got to say that it was one of the most painful experiences of my life, but boy was it worth it. I had an hour of her time - we did cycling, stretches and massage (that last bit was the worst!) and my walking has improved so much I hardly recognise myself.

The exercise she has given me are - circling the foot both ways, then putting a belt under the ball of my foot and pulling up to 90 degrees. Gentle lunges and squats and then standing on a step and pushing my heel down. I also have to do hot and cold plunges with the foot twice a day as the swelling is still pretty bad. (I’m also experiencing a bit of back pain but I suppose that’s a result of inactivity for 9 weeks)

Feeling great, very positive, practicing my stretches religiously every day and looking forward to cooking Christmas dinner.

Good luck all, have a great time x

8 weeks 3 days - in shoes
December 15, 2010, 11:10 am
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Hi all, I haven’t been around for a while. Busy working and trying to stay sane.

Well, I’m out of my cast and into 2 shoes after my hospital visit yesterday. Great news and I feel about a stone lighter.

It’s not all good though - the boot that I paid for is sitting on its own looking sad. The doctor said it was too late to fit it, I should have had it 4 weeks ago! I have to add that this was my 4th visit to the hospital and the 4th different doctor I’ve seen.

She sent me home with an appointment for a month, “to see how I get on” - no exercies, no physio, no follow up, nothing. I am really unimpressed with the NHS in Scotland (think I need to emigrate to Canada!)

So I’m shuffling along on two feet, trying to find a method that’s not too painful, putting a lot of weight through the crutches. I’m looking for a private physio in my area, there are a few in the nearest town about 15 miles away.

I hope you’re all healing well out there. I’m off to look for a pair of Clarks shoes as nothing else is comfortable.

Take care all x

5 weeks 3 days
November 24, 2010, 2:26 pm
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well guys, I had no success with my doctor… there is no hospital in Scotland that does a modern protocol.

So it’s back into plaster for another two weeks, back onto the crutches, still NWB after all this time.

sad, depressed, p***ed off!

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November 13, 2010, 4:39 pm
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