Curt’s Broken

Another “Victim” — Thanks To All Sharing Their Stories
January 18, 2009, 11:01 am
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You take a lot of things for granted in life.  Walking’s way up there on the list.

While I knew what the Achilles was, I never even thought about a rupture.  Sure, I’d heard of folks having the problem; but, mine never even gave me a bit of problem….

My rupture came on the basketball court at 4:30 PM on a Saturday afternoon.  I was playing with the boy’s team that I coach.  Now in an ideal world I’d have a great story of some wonderful play.  The reality is not quite so dramatic.  I sat out for the first 15 minutes of the open gym.  I then spent a grand total of 90 seconds on the floor, going free throw line-to-free throw line twice.  A turn, a kick (or so it felt / found out later it was the Achilles snapping), and a drop to my bottom followed.  I pushed over to the side of the court wondering why my foot felt as though it were asleep.  When I reached to the back of my leg, I knew EXACTLY what had happened.  1.5 hours later I was in the hospital.  The next AM I was in surgery; and, by 2PM I was waking up with my own personal cast.

It’s now been a bit over five weeks and I’m in a mechanical walking boot.  The doc’s given me two weeks until I can start putting weight on it.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that almost all of the swelling is gone, the scar looks great, and — knock on wood — there has been no real pain through the entire five weeks.

To all of those that have shared their stories and offered links — a huge thank you.  It’s been a Godsend and made a big difference.

Hopefully I’ll be able to share a few things over the next year that will at least help one other person.