1 year Oh how things change

Its been a long time since my last post, lots going on.  To all of you with fresh surgical scares and shiny new boots know this; it will get better and easier and the incident will fade in your mind.  The doctors say in one year you’ll hardly remember or feel it or that it will not be the first thing you think of in the morning or the last thing you think of before bed at night.  For me I have finally had a few days and nights that that is true for.  Stay with what the doctors tell you, don’t overdo it, don’t think because someone is progressing faster than you are that your never going to heal.  These things take time. 

Here is what I have accomplished in the recovery year; 5 triathlons (1 being an oly distance on my one year anniversary) the others were sprints.  I ran my first sub 20 minute 5K ever.  I even bowled a perfect game my first one of those also.  My outlook on work and the stresses that I thought were important are’nt.  Family and being a good person is.  When you don’t expect things thats when they happen. 

Keep fighting the good fight, support each other, don’t stress the little things, time however slow it passes is still passing.

5 Responses to “1 year Oh how things change”

  1. Thanks for the inspiring and meaningful post. Congratulations on your successes since your ATR.

  2. bigkid - thanks for your post. 5 triathlons is pretty impressive. :)

  3. I am four months post surgery and in two shoes, still in rehab and still limping. My question is, at what month do you stop limping and when does the stiffness and pain go away? When I get up in the morning, I can’t even put my foot on the floor because it is so tight and painful. Any suggestions for this?

  4. Keep doing the PT exercises which should help you with flexibility and strength. I still limp a bit when I take too big a step because I don’t yet have enough strength in the achilles to push off normally. If you’re limping take a smaller step and focus on walking normally. I’m 3.5 months post surgery and have a long way to go yet in recovery.

  5. Congrats on the 1 year! I hit my one year July 2018 and was feeling great! Unfortunately I ruptured my other good Achilles October 2018

    Mamie Griffin - I think everyone’s recovery is different, because they go through a different recovery process. For me, I was able to run at 4 months. Every morning when I woke up and before I went to the bathroom, I would take 5 mins to stretch my calves and loosen my ankle by rotating it counter/clockwise. If I had time, I would do calf raises. Keep in mind, I was finished with my PT at this point. You still need to put in work after PT. I felt every month was a process and a achievement especially the first 9 months.

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