13.5 weeks

I am 13.5 weeks into my recovery on the non-op route and so far things are going well. So far I have managed to judge how successfully I can push each day, and as all of us know the constant rehab is the key to getting back to normal.

Like many who have posted I have had rather unusual medical care. In emerg I was told that surgery was not an option and casted, my first OS appointment was set for the 2 week mark. After reading up on this site I went armed with a modern protocol that I knew would fit with my life and one that I felt comfortable following regardless of the support of my OS. I have added the protocol at the end of the post, it is identical to the CFAS link (now broken!) on Cecilia’s much cited page.

My OS saw me at 2, 6 and 10 weeks- at that point my tendon was well formed and I was released from his care. A little scary and in my opinion far too early but that is they way it is.

PT is something that I have had to source as a private patient. I have chosen a great PT who works with an anti gravity treadmill. What an awesome piece of equipment! I have been using it 3 times a week since week 9 and started single calf raises at 10 weeks- just 20% of my body weight so doable! On top of the treadmill I have a of a ton of exercises to do at home- balance, calf raises,squats, gait etc etc. Combined with the stationery bike and a whole body gym routine the days are full, but it is great to see improvements daily!

Having gone through this twice is a blessing and a curse. Really who would want to even think about repeating the experience? But it is the experience that has made me feel confident and comfortable with strongly advocating my recovery path. For those who are in the early stages- it really does get better and better each day, week and month!

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5 Responses so far »

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    normofthenorth said,

    November 24, 2014 @ 12:13 am

    Hwga, you’re one of several recent/current bloggers whose ATR Timeline Widget doesn’t list your location. Did you withhold/conceal it from the database somehow? I don’t know exactly how it works.

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    Stuart said,

    November 24, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    Somewhere in Canada I believe Norm but originally from my neck of the woods (OZ) although both woods are pretty big. I am interested to know why (or does it still) take so long to get an MRI in Canada (from a comment on another page). My nearest MRI is 2 hours away but have managed to get one the day I call and it is free.
    Herewegoagain - Were both ruptures treated in Canada or was the first in Australia? I also had the link to this protocol on my page and checking it just now it seems to be gone. I will try to find where it is now and repost it but a good idea to post it.

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    herewegoagain said,

    November 24, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    Yes I am an Aussie who left busy life in beautiful Sydney for the quiet life in the beautiful Okanagan- BC Canada! Norm I can’t remember back to setting up the blog stuff, I may have skipped the entry for location and not thought it that important at the time. My first ATR was is Sydney, thanks to that major ATR culprit netball.
    Stuart I have heard endlessly differing explanations on the wait times for an MRI in Canada and still don’t understand why waiting months is common. A very different medical system to Aus- both definitely have strengths and weaknesses, though at the end of the day are fairly comparable.
    Time to head off to physio!
    Lisa

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    normofthenorth said,

    November 25, 2014 @ 3:10 am

    Canada has some federal oversight over health, but most of the control is in the hands of the individual provinces. I don’t think anybody here in Ontario has to wait months for an MRI. I had a nuclear-medicine (Tc-99m) scan a few months ago, and I think that appointment may have been a month or more in advance, but that’s a pretty big deal. I just got an ultrasound and an X-ray of an injured shoulder on my way home from my GP’s office, after phoning the diagnostic clinic on my cell phone standing next to my bicycle.
    After I waited a few years to decide to schedule my Aortic heart-valve replacement — another big deal — I phoned the surgeon to say I was ready, and they gave me a choice of dates, and the first one or two were so soon — like the following WEEK! — that I had to look farther down the list. So at least here in Toronto, long waits are generally the exception, not the rule.
    But I’ve heard a number of horror stories from wealthy-but-tax-averse Alberta — including some patients making appointments on their cell phones from the Emergency Room, so they could get some treatment! — and it sounds as if BC isn’t much better. Pity.

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    Stuart said,

    November 25, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Lisa - My AT rupture was also in busy Sydney and since then I have moved to the very quiet Vic Alps. I hate traffic lights and if they ever put them in our town then I will move. I am sure your new home is more peacful as well. I would not say our medical system is great and it is certainly interesting to hear how other countries look after their own, or not. We are not the worst either and I have been cared for several times in the public system. My daughter is an ER nurse and I think that is the frontline of the battle. Wait times in emergency are usually long at big hospitals but it is clogged with people who do not need to be there. At the moment the complaint in Victoria is the long wait for an ambulance in an emergency. If I need an ambulance here they would most likely send a helicopter. Peace and quiet has its pitfalls but I can deal with that. Thanks for all the support and advice you offer here.

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