Hey all…been a few weeks since I checked in. It was a bummer to read about the 2 re-rups…interesting though that both happened above the original repair site.
I had my last ortho appt a week and a half ago….he was very pleased with where I was at. He mentioned that I’ve really taken the time to research and be active in my recovery, and he thinks it’s paid off. I definitely had less limp in my step as I walked out of there….definitely a good feeling!
I’m walking around comfortably, not much limp left at all. At the end of the day, it sometimes returns, but after a good night sleep it’s good to go the next morning. I’ve been commuting (10 miles) to work on the bike daily. I’m getting ready to put the clipless pedals back on. I’m still tire pretty easily…I’m definitely not where I was aerobically before the injury. I plan on really working on endurance over the next 2 months. As a note to bikers, I talked to a guy in a local shop and he recommended shimano pedal/shoe systems as it’s still the only system that allows for tension adjustments. I was asking about egg-beaters or others…but I think I’ll stick with my shimanos for now and loosen them up a bit.
I was just walking down the stairs (in shoes) and got the bottom and realized I wasn’t doing the hop step…so that felt like a milestone too! Barefeet is feeling better and better…although still a limp. I’ve been trying my Chaco sandals from time to time, and those are working too…now I can work on my Chaco tan!
Here’s some pics of the progress…calf is still noticeably smaller, but I’m happy with the definition that is coming back:
I’m still a few weeks away from a single calf raise…but working on it as much as I can remember. I find that really concentrating on getting up on the toes during normal walking has been more helpful than the actual calf raises. I’m sure I could be working it more, but I’m into slow and steady for now.
Here’s a close up of the chicken legs (I mean heels):
I’m happy with the definition and lack of swelling.
Oh..and I just noticed, you can see that picnic table in the background…my 3 1/2 year old daughter and I built that a few weekends ago…my first project since the injury.
Hope this finds everyone in good spirits…it’s a good day to be alive today!