THE BEGINNING!

Hello everyone on Achillesblog.com,

I am finally able to access my site and post thanks to Dennis’s help.  (sorry to be a pain Dennis).  This is my story….

I ruptured my achilles on October 18, 2010 playing tennis and had surgery on October 22, 2010.  I am 42 years old and up until this time I had never had a serious injury of any kind.  Thank God!  Such a surprise being a tomboy and athletic.  My first injury and my first surgery and I hope my last.  Last year around the same time I had my injury, friends and I decided it was time for a change.  We decided that just because we were over 40 and one of us closer to 50 (sorry Di) that we needed help.  Help in getting rid of the tiredness, depression, the pain of Fibromyalgia (myself) and of course extra weight.  Although, my thought at the time was the tiredness was because I was getting older and with the extra weight, well that is what everyone just put on over the years.  You know that extra five or ten (some even waaaay more) you put on with every new decade of your life.  So, we hired a trainer (yeah! Carol) at the local ‘Y’ and my new life began.  We worked out twice a week up until Christmas and then once a week starting the new year.  I had found a new passion in my life now that my children were getting older and playing soccer and tennis were out because of the fibromyalgia.  My friends had decided to move on to different activities but I kept going with my weight lifting and cardio.  I lost 22 lbs, dropped four sizes and completely eradicated the tiredness and depression.  The pain of the fibro will never leave but I thought that it was much improved.  I told everyone I felt ten years younger and tried to tell everyone I know of the simple secret of staying young and healthy.  The weight training was the key.  So, why I decided to go back to tennis is beyond me and now here I sit and sit and sit and sit. Lol  Sorry, got carried away with the sitting but you all know what I mean.  :-))))  Really I just thought that could be just another form of my cardio and getting back to a sport.  Not saying that people should not play tennis or any sport for that matter as you get older, just remember to STRETCH and PRAY.  This possibly could have happened to me doing my workout, who knows.

As for the rupture, it was just as everyone has described.  In a clinic with some extremely nice ladies, ironically, most of the ladies husbands  just happen to be orthopedic Doctors.  Went to move straight in for a ball that was just hit to me and POP.  I didn’t take the next step instead looked behind me to see who had just hit me and realized that no one was there and that it had to be me.  Dropped to the court, had significant pain for a short period and then it subsided.  As the pain subsided I decided to look at the ankle and knew when I saw the indent in my achilles what I had done.  Confirmed, by the lady doctor who was on the court and her husband the orthopedic surgeon whom she got quickly on the phone.  My best friend drove me from the court directly to the orthopedic office to promptly see an extremely nice Doctor.  See, it is who you know.  Fastest appointment I ever got.  He performed the Thompson’s test and I about jumped off the table, I had the surgery four days later and the saga begins….

Finding this site, reading the blogs and all of the important information pertaining to this injury has been a blessing and I want to thank you all, especially Dennis.  Good luck to all.  I will keep you posted on my recovery.

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