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Long overdue update

November 6th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Hello everyone! Although I check AchillesBlog just about every day, it’s been a while since I last posted. So here’s my long overdue update. :)

I am happy to say that my recovering Achilles has been doing well. When I am running or playing basketball, I don’t really think about my left Achilles anymore.
The right Achilles becomes tender if I play basketball a little too often, but now days, I can’t give it my 100% because of my knee and so I don’t really stress my Achilles too much.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, it’s really my right knee that’s been on my mind. I went to physical therapy for a few weeks, and now I am doing leg exercises on my own to strengthen the muscles around my knee.

I must say that finding a good physical therapist takes more effort than what I put in to find my current (now former) PT. What I did was basically find the nearest PT center near work that accepted my health insurance, and off I went. In the end, I felt that the physical therapist was too busy with too many patients. I didn’t feel like I received the necessary guidance on the exercises and attention to my condition. There are some good guidelines on AchillesBlog on finding the right physical therapist, and I’ll definitely do a bit more research next time.

I am glad to see that people continue to visit AchilleBlog to support each other during their recovery, and so far, there are over 860 people who have filled out their AchillesBlog profile.

Some time ago, because of the spam blogs, I changed the blog registration so that it’s a manual process. I know that this isn’t a perfect system, and if I find a better spam check for automated registrations, I’ll change it back so that it’s a completely automated system.

There has been some minor changes to Achilles Profile widget. Instead of ‘123 weeks and 5 days since Post-OP’, it now says: ‘123 weeks and 5 days Since start of treatment’. This is so that we can accommodate people who are recovering via non-surgical treatment.

Norm had made this suggestion before, and I finally got around to making this change. If there are other suggestions on making the site better, please chime in. I’ll do what I can.

Well, those starting out in their ATR recovery, I hope you found a good support system here. We can all relate to most of what you are going through. For some reason, I found comfort in talking to others who really could relate to exactly what I was going through at exactly the same time, even more than talking to my closest friends or family members.
I also found hope in seeing others recover close to 100% from this injury.

So those of you who haven’t posted in a while, please chime in and fill us in on how you are doing! :)

Tags: achilles injury

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 normofthenorth // Nov 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Bless you for making that change to the wonderful timeline, Dennis! It’s a “little thing”, but little things do mean a lot.

    You naturally didn’t have us “non-ops” top-of-mind when you set everything up in 2008, but (as you know) many of us have found it a wonderful and super-useful place to hang out! :-)

    I’ve never envied you your important but unpaid job keeping this great site running. I hope you occasionally take some time to bask in the accomplishment and the joy and relief — and the actual thanks — that it has created, and continues to create. The huge benefits are obvious on almost every blog page, and you should feel wonderful about that. I feel great about the people I’ve helped here, but you’ve helped ALL of us!!

    I guess it’s “good news and bad” when an ATR recovery is (complete enough that it’s) held back by other ailments, as yours has been. Me, I would have given beach volleyball a try by now, if I weren’t worried about overworking my gimpy heart valve(!). Even a year ago when I was actively playing volleyball, my right knee always complained the loudest the next day — until my ATR drowned out everything else, of course!

    If you can handle your own “manual blog setup” hassle, I think it’s a remarkable example of a “good enough” system. My recent experience trying to register on the totally automated system at reminded me of a classic old Simpson’s episode, where Bart calls 911 to report a murder, and falls into Voice-Mail-Menu Hell!

    One lesson learned from that: IF you ever set up an automated system that has a bunch of required “fields” for info, and IF you set up error-checking so it tells the user that he forgot to fill in one of the fields, MAKE SURE it doesn’t simultaneously DELETE much or all of the info the poor sap correctly entered! Seems unnecessarily frustrating.

    All good things — including for your gimpy body parts!

  • 2 liverpoollass // Nov 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    As a relative nebbie to the world of ATR (well not totally new anymore 7 weeks wed) I would like to say a great big thank you to you dennis. This site has been invaluable to me. It has given me sound advice, reasurance, supported me emotionally, lifted my occasional sagging spirits and even inspired me. None of that would have happened without your wonderful site. So from me I great big thank you. :)

  • 3 dennis // Nov 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Liverpoollass - You are welcome, and thanks for your comments. I am glad that AchillesBlog has been helpful in your atr recovery. :)
    I wish you the best of health.

  • 4 booklady // Nov 10, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Hey Dennis —

    Happy Anniversary and glad to read that you are doing well! I just wanted to thank you for setting up and facilitating Achillesblog into a wonderful resource that continues to be part of our gimpy community.

    This site is one of the best organized online support groups that I’ve seen, and I can only imagine the behind-the scenes techie stuff that you do to make things happen. It doesn’t happen by magic.

    I’ll chime in later with an anniversary blog post, but just sending some mahalo and aloha your way for a job well done — achilles healing and blog-wise. BTW, when you’re ready for a warm-weather race, the Honolulu Marathon is always held in December!

  • 5 icky // Nov 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hey Dennis! I hear you’re the bees knees at this site :)
    I am new here and have an email concern:

  • 6 framing // Nov 29, 2010 at 1:56 am

    This site is one of the best organized online support groups that I’ve seen, and I can only imagine the behind-the scenes techie stuff that you do to make things happen. It doesn’t happen by magic.

  • 7 luisace2003 // Aug 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    hi, i still don’t find how to start my own blog
    can anybody tell me where to go from the dashboard in order to start blogging

  • 8 dennis // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    hi, To create a new blog, please create a user account first.  And then, please send me an e-mail ( from the e-mail address that you registered with, and I’ll create a blog for you.  Please tell me what your username is, and mention briefly how your injury was caused.

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