I think I posted last time that I’m spending less and less time thinking about my injury. Well, I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that I haven’t spent much time on the blog site either. On that note, hi to everybody!
It’s funny, I don’t feel like there is much to say as I’m in the slooooow progression stages. However, the last few times I’ve started a post it seems that I end up writing a small novel. Tonight is no exception.
The family and I concluded a successful Hawaii trip last week. What a great time. One of the best parts of vacation is the feeling of sleeping in your own bed when you get home, but Hawaii is one of the few places that I really dread leaving. Mahalo to the island and the people there for helping me remember how to relax and enjoy all that life has to offer. Of course, now that I’m back home, it’s been back to the rat race as I’ve struggled to get out from under the mountains of email and miscellaneous tasks that piled up while I was away.
Anyway, on to the topic of my Achilles. I had been a little nervous about our Hawaii trip since that fateful day in April when I joined the land of ATRs. I’m happy to report no problems what-so-ever. Walking on sand was fine, though I was a bit slow when both sand and an incline were involved. I went snorkeling a couple of times, and didn’t have any problems just enjoyed all of the beautiful fish. One of the reasons we decided to visit the big island was because the kids wanted to check out the volcano. We visited it on August 16, which happens to be the 4 month anniversary since my ATR surgery. Hiking around the volcano itself was relatively easy. The ground is mostly flat with a lot of trails. When we were done at the volcano, we decided to drive down to the ocean to see where the lava enters the ocean. There is a viewing point about 100 yards from the ocean and about ¼ mile away from where the lava enters the ocean. Unfortunately, you can’t see the lava flowing (I didn’t feel like forking out the $1,000 for the family to take a 45 minute helicopter ride over the lava), but we could see large flumes of steam that were created. The challenge of getting to the viewing point was a ~ ½ mile walk on old lava rock. It is very undulating and looks like a rolled ankle waiting to happen. Needless to say I was very cautious in walking out, but what a cool place to be for that very special 4 month anniversary (LOL). Of course, I had to wear my achillesblog T-shirt that day for the pictures. Check out the picture below!
One of the bad things about vacation was that I not only missed my PT appointments, but I wasn’t very good about doing my exercises. Yesterday I had my first session since coming back. I have felt the strength in my calf increasing over the past few weeks, and have felt especially strong the past few days. When I go to PT, I usually do most of my exercises before I see my therapist. Before I left on vacation, I had been doing 25 lbs with my bad leg on seated heel raises. However, yesterday, I could only find 15 lbs of the smaller weights, so I said what the heck, I’ll give a full 45 lb plate a try. I’m happy to report that I was able to do 3 set of between 12 and 15 reps, though it was a good workout. Shortly after I finished this exercise, my therapist was ready to see me and called me over. After some gentle massage during which I told her I was feeling a lot stronger, she asked me to stand up and do some squats. I told her they were relatively easy, so she instructed me to stand on my tip-toes. “Ok, now balance on your right leg, and do a heel raise.” What do you know, my heel actually came off the ground! I couldn’t hold the position for long, and while it seemed like there was a mile between the floor and my heel, I’m sure it was barely enough to slide a piece of paper in. Regardless, I had successfully completed my first heel raise. The milestone we all shoot for!
Everything continues to be getting better. Here’s a picture taken today. I’m very happy with the scar, but wish the achilles wasn’t so thick. That will get better in time. I’m scheduled to see my doctor next Tuesday. I’m really hoping to get clearance for some light jogging. It’s been hard driving to work or taking the kids to school and seeing all of the runners out at the park I pass each morning. I can’t wait to join them!
Best of luck to everybody, and I’ll do my best to stay caught up on everybody’s entries and comments.