The fall of the Big Cat

Hello to all at the blog and thank you for creating such a resourceful place where people can go to get real answers to all of their concerns.

Unfortunately, I come to you after a full rupture of my right Achilles from playing indoor soccer. I had made a cut up field and was going to shoot when I heard the loudest pop I have ever heard. I tried getting up and looked at the ref looking for the foul, because it felt exactly like I was kicked from behind. As I tried getting up and realizing that wasn’t possible, I noticed that I wasn’t fouled, and that’s when the panic set in.

After getting carried off the field, I was laid across a table outside the turf area to be examined by a teammate (who was the trainer at the local high school). That’s when I had what I can only describe as a panic attack (slight shock) not from the pain, but because I knew that whatever had happened was going to put me out of work and my upcoming trip to Australia.

The first two weeks post surgery was a gut check for me. I definitely wasn’t in the best spirits for the first couple of days because I was realizing how much this would change my next couple months. And then I started reading everyone’s posts on this blog and thinking about how I was taking all of this. So, I decided that I could be negative and suffer through the next few hard weeks of waiting and PT, or I could use this time and opportunity as a vessel to personal, mental, and physical growth. So that’s what this is, it’s a return. It’s an opportunity to become stronger, so here we go.

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  2. Hi Big Cat - welcome to the club! I like the attitude you’re taking, and hope that we all can look to the positive, even through the inconveniences we are experiencing with this injury! Remember, it’s just an injury. You hurt. You may or may not have surgery. You heal. You rehab. Life goes on, and you can choose to have a positive outlook! Stay strong! Happy healing!

  3. I like the attitude, too! I started saying that I’ll come out on the other side of this in better shape than ever, and I really believe it. I try to focus on good nutrition and resting well, and when PT comes along that’ll be another chance to improve.

  4. Being now at 8 weeks, I now see that being positive helped push me to continue the exercises, push myself at the gym, and I feel that it helps pass the time overall.

    Now that I am full weight bearing and starting PT this week, things are starting to move a little quicker, however, I still find myself trying to push which I told myself I wouldn’t do. That’s just the athlete mentality I guess, its a blessing and a curse that I’ve seen from a lot of people on here.

    Positive thoughts=positive results!

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