Just realized today is the one year anniversary of my ATR. I am home with pneumonia, so started to wonder if summer just does not agree with me! Yikes.
I have not been logging on to the site much these past few months…once I stepped back in the fast lane, there didn’t seem to be another stop for a while. (Hello, pneumonia.) I am glad to see so many people getting support and info from this community. It provides a wonderful service. Thank you, Dennis.
I continue to go to PT, and am considering a switch to a more hands on PT who can work with the tendon and the tremendous amount of scar tissue I have due to the 3 surgeries at the same site. My range of motion is excellent, strength is coming back, the repair feels strong. But the scar tissue is a real problem. The entire scar track is stuck to the tendon, and it means I get a pulling sensation in certain weight bearing and non-weight bearing positions. It can be very uncomfortable. It makes the area feel very hard all the time…I often describe it as feeling like it is made of metal.
The reality is that while it is very uncomfortable, I am still able to do a lot of physical activities. I walk without a limp. I am power-walking for exercise more and more, starting to bike ride again, hiking, swimming, playing with my kids. The only thing I have not tried is….tennis. I have done a lot of exercises at PT to simulate some of the stresses on the court, and they have gone well. I just have some fear about getting back out there. I read some-one’s post today about discomfort in the “good” AT, and I have to admit that I have been experiencing some twinges in my good leg since I have been more active, and I do not want to rupture the other side. Please.
Strength seems to be my biggest issue right now. I can do a single leg toe raise just barely. My foot is weak. The calf is weak. The quad is weak. Despite all the work in PT…it is a little discouraging. Both my surgeon and my PT insist I need to adjust my expectations. 5 months of non-weight bearing does not put me on the same time-line as many other surgical repairs, and I need to remind myself of that constantly. Very recently my PT advised me that I am about 50% of where I want to be. That sounded terrible, until I realized that I am pretty good now, and better is just…better!
So. Appreciating where I am and what I can do. Looking forward to more mobility and agility to come. Patience and perseverance. Always a lesson to be learned.