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9 Week Post-op - First PT Session

Posted by airzoomy on April 9, 2009

Today was a great day. I’ve been on 2 shoes for almost 2 weeks and now I got my first PT session. After being evaluated, it looks like I have a LOT of stretching and strength training to do. Great news that I’ll be able to join a gym to do some stuff I haven’t done in months.

Though, I do hate gyms as I feel they’re scams (Xplore Fitness), but I think I’m going to join Ballys since I can get on my girlfriend’s account.

Basic stretches: Calf stretch with bend, calf raises, ankle stretch with rubber band.

I believe PT sessions are well worth the time for recovery

I hope to be jogging in 4 weeks!

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6 Week update - Full update since original ATR

Posted by airzoomy on March 15, 2009

I haven’t been updating since my first post 6 weeks ago. Here’s a recap:

1/31: ATR - Basketball 10AM (left leg), ER 8pm, casted 9pm.

2/3: ATR surgery 2pm. General A. - 6pm exit, Plaster cast, Oxycondon pills

(Worked from home for 2 weeks till 2/16)

2/13: First post-op visit - Switch to fiberglass cast NWB

2/14: ER visit 9am - Switch to walking boot due to fiberglass complications with skin

2/18: Second post-op visit - Added one inch heel lift to the boot

3/9: Third post-op visit - Continue to wear the boot with lift, and officially PWB with the doctor

Currently as of 3/15:

I feel great since I’m able to drive, shower normal, don’t sleep with the boot, and most of all 75% PWB walking. Calf is half the size of the normal leg, but that’s expected. I’ve had an ACL surgery 7 years ago so I’ve been through this before. I’m looking forward to my 9 week post-op appt on 4/6 where I should be on 2 shoes. I currently try to stretch my foot up and down as pain allows. No heel pain when walking controlled around the house. Next update after 2 shoes.

And again, much love and thanks to my lovely girlfriend Amy who has helped me throughout this recovery process. Lastly, good luck to all the ATR’ers, this is the best blog/site for ATRs, I visit this everyday to get posts and updates, I wouldn’t be where I am without you all.

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How I ruptured the tendon

Posted by airzoomy on February 1, 2009

On Saturday, 1/30/09, around 10am, I was playing a pickup game of basketball. As I pushed off my left leg to drive, I felt a big “kick” on my left foot and also heard a loup pop. I thought someone kicked my foot and my shoe poppled. However, I dropped to the ground and wanted to get back up thinking it was just my ankle. As pain started to shoot down to my foot, I knew it was much worse and I stayed down to the ground for a couple minutes.

As I limped off, I knew it was bad. I knew it was my tendon, but was hoping it was not as bad. As I drove home and had ice put on, the throbbing got worse and I had to look online to see how bad it could be. After reading the symptoms, I decided to head to the ER to get it worked on 8 hours later.

After waiting awhile in the ER, a doctor took a look and knew it was bad. Good thing the Orthopedic doctor was nearby and took a quick look and told me it was a full rupture after a test. So then the cast went on and off to home I go. Monday will determine when my surgery will be.

A quick “thank you” to my lovely girlfriend Amy who made the first day experience not depressing and keeping me happy.

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Hello world!

Posted by airzoomy on February 1, 2009

Welcome to

This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Following link will take you to your blog’s “command center” where you can write your posts:

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