May 19th, 2009
4 weeks after surgery
After 4 weeks of the cast of my the Achilles tendon rupture, my doctor gave me a black, adjustable boot with metal side rods and Velcro straps to fit tight to my leg. Since this boot immobilizes the foot and ankle, it prevents any pressure or strain on the fixed tendon and the surrounding muscles, and allows you to walk safely.
I was very happy to get the boot on and start my way back to a normal lifestyle. My doctor thinks about 2-3 days I may be able to walk without crutches. But he did say I would need 3 months of physical therapy 3 times a week.It’s definitely a long road to recovery.
I’m a fairly active person as I’ve been doing a lot of distance running(5-K) over the last couple years and basketball my entire life. It’s been hard to be sedentary the last 4.5 weeks, but I want to make sure everything heals well and strong so that I can return to my normal activity level. I’m hopeful to be running again by the end of summer, but I think I’ll avoid my basketball until next year. Golf seems to be in my near furture once again.
Cast being removed.
May 18th, 2009
Basketball did me in...
It was April 19, 2009 and I was playing basketball in a pick-up game. I had the ball on offense and went to make a quick move to the hole. As I was quick move toward the hoop I suddenly felt a sharp pain behind my left ankle, like if somebody had hit me really hard with a baseball bat. I heard a LOUD pop and I fell down and looked around, but didn’t see anybody close to me. I tried to stand up I couldn’t. I knew exactly what had happened. The same thing that occured 9 years earlier on my right side. Yep,
RUPTURED ACHILLES TENDON.
I got some help from a couple of the guys in the pick-up game to my jeep and drove to the local hospital the best I could.
I was taken to into an exam room where they ran some test, agreed with my diagnosis of the rupture, gave me some pain killers and, sent me home with a recommendation to see a specialist the next day. Early Tuesday, I went to see the orthopedist.