1 + 1 = 2 Shoes !!

July 24th, 2013

Okay so it’s a terrible blog title, but it’s the first thing I came up with so I’ll roll with it.

It’s been a month since my last post when I began PWB.  About a week post PWB, I put my crutch down on my hardwood floors, I placed it slightly on a towel… My left crutch slid in front of me at a very fast pace and naturally I placed my AR foot in front of me to catch myself, it was one of the few times I was crutching around the house without my boot on.  Needless to say, it hurt pretty bad.  I was very worried I had done serious damage based on the pain I felt at the time.  Luckily the pain I had was not where I originally ruptured my Achilles, it was much lower.  Within an hour I had a nice knot on the bottom part of my achilles and moving my foot inwards felt like I had a sprained ankle.  I had to slow down my PT at home, but a week later I was back on the path again as the pain and swelling had disappeared from the mini-injury.

Again, I was going to PT and feeling like my PT were not pushing me hard enough but I stuck with it and began slowly at home pushing myself a little faster than they wanted.  I’ve been FWB now a few weeks and finally last week, I could FWB at good speed (walking of course) without any discomfort.

So… yesterday I visited my doctor for another checkup again and right off when he saw I came in with a boot asked me if my PT wasn’t pushing me enough (before i even mentioned anything) and sort of filled him in on what I had been up to.  Good news, yesterday when I got home I put on a second shoe for the first time in ~3 months.  Pretty exciting day other than the fact that I’m progressing, but regressing at the same time.  I walked to the kitchen a few times and then before dark walked about 100 yards on flat ground in front of my house.  Those 100 yards took me approximately 12 minutes to complete.  I repeat, 12 minutes.. wow that is slow, but I managed to do it which made me happy.

The day after my ‘long’ walk, I’m pretty sore, not as much in my calf area which is where a lot of my FWB soreness came from, but more in my Achilles area of my leg.  Knowing my Monday PT tends to try and compete with my Thursday PT for who can massage me into the most pain, I think Thursday PT will win this week.

I see my doctor again in 5 weeks, a half week later I’ll be attending a huge college football game in which there are massive hills and lots of stairs to get to my seat.  A week later I’ll be going on the first cruise of my life, I hope I’ll be walking at a ‘normal’ speed by then!

I hope everyone is doing well with their recoveries, I’ll be catching up with some of yours as soon as I hit the blue ‘Publish’ button to my right.  Thank you for the support.


3 Responses to “1 + 1 = 2 Shoes !!”

  1. kellygirl on July 24, 2013 7:13 pm

    Nice to hear from you, HT! Sorry to hear about your set back. What a relief that you didn’t re-rupture. Lol: re the 12 minutes. It kind of sucks to be the slowbee these days, doesn’t it. Oh well, at least you are in two shoes and on the way to normalcy! I hear you on the massage pain. I had a doozy today–made my palms sweat but I kept telling myself that the pain is worth it.

    You’ve got some great goals to work towards. I haven’t had too much trouble with hills, but the stairs in 5 weeks could be problematic–I’m just getting to the point where I can sort of walk down them normally but it is still uncomfortable and I have to be very cautious (and kinda slow.) Hopefully you will have access to some hand rails. As for the cruise, I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about–I don’t remember those being very strenuous.

    Good luck with the rest of your recovery!

  2. micah1 on July 25, 2013 4:26 am

    Great news with the shoes Hattrick, there will be no stopping you now. It takes time to get your speed up,perhaps keep a little log of what you have achieved each week because its easy to feel that you have reached a plateau, where as in actual fact you’ve made steps forward (ha, see what I did there?) in either distance or speed or less aching etc.
    Enjoy and keep us posted.

  3. hattrick30 on July 25, 2013 6:25 pm

    @kellygirl, I know.. the more I think about it the more I realize how luck I really was not to re-rupture myself that night. I caught myself with my toes, and at that point I had zero strength so all of my weight hitting that foot must have been a lot of force on the Achilles.

    You’re so right about handrails, I’ve used them a lot thus far in my recovery and I hope you’re right about the cruise, I’m excited for it.

    @micah1, Good idea on the log. My ‘fun’ for my 100 yards was calculating the mph I was ’speeding’ at. .3125 mph, yes that’s a point 3125 mph haha. So fast!

    Today already, I’m moving a bit faster, not much at all but I can tell a slight different. Had a good PT session this morning with 2shoes on the bike.

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