If it don’t kill you, it will only make you stronger!

Thanks for the support.  I had surgery to repair my achilles on Feb. 19 and I’m in my second cast (I went black, I was bummed out at the time).  I have a Dr. appointment on the 24th to remove the cast and to set me up with a walking boot.  I have little to no pain, I get an occassional twitch at the base of my foot, and just a little tightness when I first get up in the morning.  I even put a little weight on the foot on occassion and it feels fine.  I’m a pretty good healer though, I usually come back from a sprained ankle in a couple of days.

On the drive to the hospital I had a lot of time to reflect.  The first person to come to mind was Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers.  I heard him say in an interview that just before you get hurt you are in the zone, you can do no wrong.  That is so true, I was in the zone that day, everything was good.  I’m not a real religious person, but I think that was God’s way of telling me he can take anything from me when he wants and to not take for granted the gifts he has given me.  I even asked him to take away some of the pain and he did.  Really, no kidding.

It took so long for them to diagnose me with a ruptured achilles which was the reason why my surgery was 10 days later.  The ER doctor said it was sprain, my PCP said it was a sprain, so I didn’t see an ortho til Fri Feb 15 where he scheduled me for surgery on the 19th.  I was kind of lucky though, the hospital was full as we see alot of people with the flu over here.  After the surgery, the ortho told my wife that I had some complications (the tendon had retracted into my calf which required a bigger incison, and that I had alot of scar tissue and the ends were frayed).  After my wife told me what he said, I thought to myself and knew why it happened.  Back in 2005, Jan. I think, I went out and dusted off my 1993 Strenght Shoes and worked out in them.  Big Mistake.  The next day I had developed achilles tendonitis.  The heal of my foot killed me.  I asked a friend of mine (Personal Trainer for Bally’s) it there was anything I could do to help fix this and he told me to massage the tendon to break down the scar tissue and to soak my foot in warm water.  I said “Ok” sounds good, but did nothing.  I continued playing basketball (adult league) and did nothing in terms of rehab.  Biggest Mistake Ever.  It was bound to happen, I am now glad it happened sooner that later as healing decrease with age (Im 32).

I was really bummed out for a couple of weeks.  I couldn’t help out around the house or help take care of my kids (I have 4: 12yrs, 6yrs, 5yrs, and 4 month old).  I felt worthless.  I let myself go, didn’t shave, cut my hair, and showered twice a week.  Then one day, I thought to myself and said “Stop feeling sorry for yourself, there are alot of people out there in worse situations than you are right now.”  I got up cut my hair, shaved, and showered.  Ever since that day(March 7th) I believe my recovery has improved greatly along with my attitude.  Prior to injury I had thought of becoming a performance enhancing specialists.  I had even designed my own program to improve my athleticism.  I was in week 5 of the program and had made some noticeable gains ( I was able to grab the rim with 2 hands with no step).  I had a goal to improve my vertical to 40 inches by Dec.  Once I get the ok from the Doc, I going to achieve this goal.  This is only a little speed bumb in my life and I’m not going to let it take control of my life.  God doesn’t throw anything at you that you can’t handle.  If it don’t kill you it only makes you stronger.  I WILL come back from this, faster and stronger than I was before.  I even plan on playing football in March of 09.

Starting March 24th 2008, I plan to post any progress I make in this attempt to play.  I will post my starting weight, body fat %, and any strenght gains I make.  I will post my program that I will be following along with my diet.  March 24th 2009 I plan on being 6′4″ 226 lbs with a 40 inch vert and can run a 4.5 40.  That is my goal and I will get there.

2 Responses to “If it don’t kill you, it will only make you stronger!”

  1. Bigg - It’s interesting what you say about being in the zone just before you get hurt. That was my case too, where I was injured just moments after we had a big swing in momentum in our favor. I was totally focused, and I made a jumpshot just inside the 3-pt line to put us ahead. My ATR happened just a couple of plays after that. It makes sense that we are close to our physical limits when we are in the zone.

    I started doing pylometric exercises a few years back to improve my conditioning. I was doing lunges, step-ups, etc.. wearing those funky looking “improve-your-vertical” shoes AND wearing 20lbs weighted vest.

    After about a month of that, I was playing the best basketball of my life, but it’s when I started to develop achilles pain. It gradually became worse and my achilles have always been tender after playing since then.

    Glad that you are out of the funk, and that you are motivated and focused on recovery. Looking forward to reading about your progress. It’s quite motivating for me to read this post. Just today, I bought some push-up grips so I can start doing more push-ups. (My wrists hurt when doing normal push-ups.)

    Feb 8th, 2009 is my goal in getting back on the court. My knee has some articular cartilage damage that I may need surgery for as well. But regardless, I am planning to be back in full health by Feb of next year.

    Keep us posted on your program, I’d like to see if it’s something that I can follow as well.

  2. Love the attitude. This doesn’t have to be an injury that affects the rest of our lives, at least not negatively. Setting goals is the best way to get back on track. However, keep communicating with your doctor and therapists about your recovery. Don’t try and do too much, too soon. It’s good to push yourself, but you also have to listen to your body. You don’t want to turn a 6-12 month recovery into 18-24 months. Best of luck with your recovery and I look forward to hearing about your progress.

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