Week 7

October 4th, 2016

It was a very hard summer to say the least. I went from having a wonderful summer planned to really just laying around the house, mostly in bed. I found it very difficult to go from being so active to not being able to do anything. It was very emotionally painful for me to accept. I would say that it took at least a month before I started to look past the injury and think about the future.

Having gone the non-surgical route, I was in a slab cast for two weeks, followed by the boot with heel lifts for six. All non-weight bearing for two months. My doctor had given me the non-surgical protocol. It looked a lot like this: http://dalortho.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Accelerated_Rehabilitation_Program_July-2013.pdf.

He told me not to follow any of it until eight weeks. The only time I removed the boot was when I showered. Other than that, I wore it 24/7 including to sleep.

The first sort of training that I started was on my upper body. I realized that my upper body strength was severely lacking and if I was going to have any type of reasonable mobility, I would have to work on my arms. It was a good thing to work on, and left me feeling that at least I was doing something positive. I was also able to start going out more and navigating our subway system.

I would stress though, that it’s very important to not use free weights but machines only. During this time, you don’t want to take any chances with your stability or losing balance.

I also learned that I needed to rely on the kindness of others. As someone who is used to doing a lot on their own, asking for help was not in my vocabulary. It was difficult to accept that the little things like cooking, cleaning, driving were out of my reach. I truly found it amazing how kind and helpful friends and family were during the time when I needed them most.

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