Posted by: craig | August 26, 2008

Post Op 19 weeks - Hawaii and one-legged heel raise

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.


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Good job and I envy your fantastic vacation. I went to NY to see my family and when I got home, I felt like I needed a real vacation to recover from that one. Anyway, we are pretty close in recovery, so I can totally relate, dude. Keep up the good work.

Wow. So great to read about your progress…and especially your travels. I live in SF, and Hawaii is our family’s very special and most favorite place to visit. So I was happy to read that you had no trouble in the sand or snorkeling! Anyway, thanks for the glimpse ahead…

Nice work Craig. My wife and I honeymooned on Kauai…a special place for us as well. I think at 19 weeks hitting the one legged heal raise is great progress. Keep it up!

Great pics Craig…2 weeks behind and not as strong as you, boo hoo

I was doing seated calf raises today at the gym w a 45 lb plate on the rack, felt ok but I suspect my good leg was doing all the work…depressing how week my lower leg is.

Oh well, great to see youre doing well

Your flying over the volcano brings to mind a joke in the tourist trade: a group of seniors are doing Hawaii, with one lady griping constantly that she’s already seen this or that somewhere else on the planet that was better or bigger. The tourguide is getting very fed up but remains polite, smiles. Final day, they’re flying over the volcano, with the tourist looking down and saying, “Omygod, it looks like hell!” The tourguide says, “Oh, have you been there, too?”

We call that the “Tourist from Hell” joke. They really exist on every big tourist bus, I can tell you!

Walshie, I really have noticed a difference in calf strength the past week or so. Don’t be surprised if you can do the 45 in a week or two. By the way, I, too, thought I may have been doing more work with my good leg, so about 3 or 4 weeks ago, I started doing all of my exercises one leg at a time to ensure that my bad leg was working.

Hawaii!!!! How fun…I wanna go! Your progress is great. Interesting that you still go to PT. I’m not sure how long I’ll go. The biggest reason I go is for the electrode things they put on my leg and foot, and the ultrasound. I think both those things are really helping with blood flow. Other than that, I can do the exercises at home. I’m even thinking about getting a prescription for those electro-stim things so I can do it at home. Let me know your thoughts on continuiing with PT. I’m not “walking” with no crutches, no boot. Limping along..but I know that Sanford and Son limp will get better with time. Hole is getting closer to closing. The skin is all level…so, little skin islands will now form to fill in the hole. That’s so nice that you’ve been able to take some time off and ENJOY a vacation vs. going when you were the earlier stages. Take care!

Hey Kristin,

I’m planning on reducing my PT and only going about once every 2 weeks now. I want to continue to go occassionally, so I can track my progress and get some new exercises.

I’m glad to hear you are moving forward. That’s got to feel good!

My youngest started kindergarden on Monday. Hooray, only one dropoff in the morning!

Hi Craig:

Enjoyed your comment “Mahalo to the island and the people there for helping me remember how to relax and enjoy all that life has to offer.”

So glad that you enjoyed it here in Paradise. Hope your rehabilitation continues nicely and that you visit us again soon!

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His wife looks pretty good to me. For my beloved actor this lady is his love, life, happiness and everything, and thats the most important things. I hope that they will be together forever with their most precious love and happines.SJ love HR.

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