July 19th, 2008 4:00 p.m.

That’s when it happened.  Now, here I sit on the couch about eight hours later, just pondering how and why this happened.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would hear a “pop” like that.  I have had several sprained ankles before (which surprisingly were more painful).  But to hear and feel a “pop” like that seems surreal.

I shot around for about 15 minutes, then played a game of 21 with a few other guys.  We picked up another two and played 3-on-3.  I was warm and loose, and I was playing pretty well.  We scored first and took it at the top.  I got the ball just above the three-point-line and faked a shot that got my defender in the air.  I drove to the basket and “BAM.”  I heard the dreaded “pop”, but I actually thought someone just fell on my leg.  I turned around to see who it was, but nobody was there.  That’s when I realized what happened.  I tried to walk it off, but quickly abandoned that.  I slowly went to the floor expecting my ankle/calf area to be jacked.  It wasn’t though.  It hurt, but not nearly as bad as spraining an ankle.  I got back up and tried to walk again, only this time I got a strange sensation of walking downhill.  I finally yielded to the reality of what happened.  I elevated and iced it as I waited for my ride to the ER.

Eventually, I got to the ER.  The physician performed the Thompson test on me and immediately said, “I’m quite cetain you tore your Achilles tendon.”  No reflex whatsoever in the left foot.  I got a temporary splint, a prescription for pain pills, and was told to call the recommended orthopedist on Monday morning.  I will update then…………………………….

6 Responses to “July 19th, 2008 4:00 p.m.”

  1. Sorry to hear this very familiar story…basketball here too. Aside from the initial injury (I will never forget that damn pop), I think the worst part for me was the waiting and the not knowing what to expect. Once I had surgery, I was on the path to healing.

    The bad news is that this injury is considered catastrophic…not in terms of pain or actual repair procedure, simply in terms of a long recovery. Now the good news: almost everyone gets back on the feet and back to normal.

    I stumbled on this blog prior to my surgery and found a ton of support. It really calmed me down in knowing what to expect. Read through as many of the blogs as you can and then ask any questions you might have…that’s why most of us are here. It really is a great group.

  2. Welcome to our community… My injury happened exactly the same way except that I was jumping after a loose ball.

    Make sure to ask the surgeon how long the part of the tendon is that is left on your heel bone. That makes a world of a difference. Mine was virtually none so they had to drill holes into my heel bone. If you are lucky then it is ‘just a few percutaneous stiches’ that you will need. Make sure to read this site and ‘grill’ your doc. This is the time to find the right one for you. You have a week to get the operation done and you don’t want someone who puts you in casts for 8-10 weeks (like my first doc did…)

    Good luck!

  3. One piece of advice - be aggressive if you have to when calling to see the doctor. They book weeks in advance but the scheduler needs to understand your urgency to get in and have surgery. Most places this is not a problem!

    Welcome to the club, you will get through this, and keep posting.

  4. It happened to me the same way. I thought someone kicked me. I knew something was wrong when it didnt blow up like a sprain. Good luck in the recovery process.

  5. You found our great site very quickly! You can document your experiences, but above all, your feelings over these weeks and months to come. They will change a lot, so it’s fantastic that you’re here from the date of the ATR itself. This record you create is not only to help the rest of us, but it helps you see your own self. When I write my posts, I try to be completely honest, because I know someone out there can relate to it. My latest post tells exactly how nonsporty I am, and therefore feeling different from others (the majority) here; yet I will not bluff and say I am a great exerciser. There must be others who know what I am saying!

  6. I just want to say “thank you” to everyone for the support. Looks like it is going to be a long road, so I appreciate the help. I guess my next major decision will be to have surgery or not. Does anyone have any advice for me?

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