Hi all. I haven’t updated this blog in a while and that’s mostly due to the fact that I’m out of the boot and living life again.
Since coming out of the boot at 9 weeks, in order, I have:
- Been on holiday to Marrakech (where we got a room upgrade due to my ATR) and walked a LOT although I also had a LOT of swelling. Walking was done with a crutch “just in case” and was very slow.
- Been allowed to drive - bit daunting for the first couple of miles but can easily drive for over an hour with no issues.
- Brought my girlfriend a cup of tea in bed for the first time in a couple of months.
- Started to do double heel raises which get easier every day.
- Improved ROM on an almost daily basis.
- Improved walking speed and stride length on an almost daily basis although I still have to concentrate on good form towards the end of the day.
- Decorated a bedroom and fitted new skirting and architrave.
- Successfully built a 25m square deck frame from 2″x6″ timber which I’ll complete when the deck boards arrive.
- Managed to do a full depth squat which I wasn’t even close to 5 days before.
- Walked to the shop and back to get a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunshine.
As you can see from the above, life is good again. Although I’m still a few weeks off returning to work and really getting back to normal, I’m happy to work around the house and carry on with life in general. My girlfriend is particularly grateful I can drive as she was very fed up with playing taxi all the time. Ha!
The only real negatives at the moment are a sore heel at the end of the day and I still can’t go down stairs correctly.
Looking back, I was very concerned with every little thing when I first injured myself and worried about protocols, if surgery was the right choice, what to eat etc. For what it’s worth, I ate crap and drank beer, gained a couple of kilos and the worrying did absolutely nothing. Once I got into 2 shoes life got much better very quickly. I have faith in my surgeon and PT and so far that faith seems to paying off. The weight will come off once I’m back to kickboxing so, for now, I’m going to enjoy this extended holiday from work and get strong again as soon as my body lets me.