I don’t know why I even have to show up at the clinic for my monthly check-in with my surgeon. He has a formula and he is not deviating from it. He phones it in. Twelve weeks, that’s when he decrees it’s time to put shoes on. As he demonstrated the danger move for my tendon, the “push-off” that your back foot does while walking, I decided against telling him that I’ve been wearing shoes around the house for more than a week, and though I’m very cautious, my push-off is feeling pretty good. I left feeling irritated (again). I waited an hour for that. This time he didn’t write a note for the PT. So I’ll just tell her that weight-bearing is allowed now, and I am to take “the next steps” in my therapy, and just see where that gets me. Don’t get me wrong. I have great respect for him and for his training and skill. I do understand that the tendon is still fragile and requires A LOT of strengthening before walking in shoes (to be honest, some of you five- and six-weekers just out of a cast are totally freaking me out) but I’m at 10 weeks this Friday, I have been working with my ROM exercises, elastics, towels, then standing/shifting weight for SEVEN weeks now. I wish he would tailor his approach depending on the patient and their progress, but I guess he prefers to wait until the magic 12 weeks, when the risk for re-rupture starts to drop.
On a happier note, I met a winemaker from New Zealand recently who had an ATR four years ago. He told me that it didn’t REALLY improve — get stronger and more flexible — until he got back to his yoga practice about one year after his surgery. Now it is as good as the other one. He said in hindsight, he thinks he should have added it in much sooner, like around six months post-op. I’m ecstatic. In March I did a 30-day yoga challenge and felt stronger, fitter, more toned (not to mention calmer) than I had in years. I was a total convert, and was crushed to think I wouldn’t be able to get back to it for a long while. I even emailed my studio and asked what class would be suitable once I’m ready to return. (They said start with Restorative Yoga, followed by Yin, Pilates and Hot. None of them do too many series/poses that stress the Achilles. Vinyasa will have to wait until later.) I hope to start in about six weeks.
The best news of all is that my four-month long regimen of probiotics and vitamins may be paying off. The past couple of years had been one long blur of infection/antibiotic cycles: sinusitis, bronchitis, Strep, repeat. It may or may not have contributed to the ATR (see Cipro/Levaquin debate), but even before my injury I was looking for ways to strengthen my immune system and had started working with a naturopath. I was disappointed when I got Strep throat on Thursday, and then wondered if my self-diagnosis might possibly be wrong when it started to improve on Saturday. On Sunday at the clinic, my doctor said she thought it was strep throat, but since I appeared to be on the mend, no antibiotics needed. Still waiting for the result of the throat culture, but if that’s the case, I feel a bit like I won the lottery!
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