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Feb 10 2011

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Lull

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I’ve been progressively working out the bad calve muscle. In the pool, I take a dumbbell and do calve raises where the buoyancy helps with the body weight. In the gym I do assisted  calve raises where I work the muscle as hard as it can and then compensate just to say with the good leg. I also do some calve exercises with one of the plated leg press machines. On that I only do 55lb so far.

I will however admit, I’m a bit depressed that the strength isn’t coming back as fast as I would hope. Mind you, I’m officially ten weeks post injury today.

I’m feeling pretty down today with respect to the leg.

I hope things start to look up. I’m not going to stop working out the leg. Not being a very patient man I just wish things would move along at a slightly faster clip.

Jamie

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Jan 31 2011

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Two shoes

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So 8 weeks and a few days later I’m in my shoes. I’m doing my workouts at the gym. Things are starting to get back to normal.

Some things that do have me a bit concerned is the fact that I have this prominent “divet” or “hole” where the AT ruptured. The surgeon said that I’m roughly 80% healed based on examination. I’m comforted by this but still a bit uneasy with regards to the affected area.

I’m starting to regain some strength. I’m able to balance myself indefinitely on my affected leg. If I walk really slow I can do heal to toe and not limp. I still have some work to do. I’m setting myself a four month goal to get back into decent enough shape to be able to handle some trail riding on my mountain bike.

At any rate. I’ll be keeping you guys posted on my progress.

Cheers,
Jamie.

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Dec 21 2010

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PT Number One

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I had my first official PT session today. Not much happened since they can’t do much until week four. We did some ultrasound where the pain is located. I may hit the pool tomorrow and see how that goes.

Cheers,
Jamie.

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Dec 20 2010

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PT Confusion

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I had my first PT session last week. This was the assessment visit before the real work begins.

The scary thing is that the therapist was asking me questions about the protocol and what I knew about the study. It has me a bit worried that those involved are not in the know. I’m following the UWO protocol (http://www.ejbjs.org/cgi/data/92/17/2767/DC1/1). I sent the therapist this information as well as a link to the study. I hope she had time to do her homework.

The day following the first PT visit I had an appointment with my specialist. He has me pegged as one of “those guys” which asks a lot of questions and does his own research. I had the PT dept. call the specialist to make sure all their ducks were properly lined up. They really didn’t have much to say to each other which also has me wondering.

Seems there is some confusion as to the 2 to 4 week period consist of PT wise. Hydrotherapy? What does that mean? I’m still figuring this all out for myself.

I know normofthenorth has been treated with this protocol. Maybe he and a few others in the group here can shed some light as to what are the PT implementations to the ATR problem at the different stages.

I’m out for now.

Cheers,

Jamie.

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Dec 20 2010

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The Beginning

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Here is a little bit of background on the situation.

In high school I used to play basketball, ride my bike, and generally I was very active. University hit, marriage then kids, and I let things slide. Over the course of a decade I had went from a size 34 waist at 195lb to a size 48 waist at 315lb. My job as a software developer didn’t help the matter as well as my addiction to MMORPGs, namely Everquest, DAoC, and most recently Everquest 2.

In 2004 I discovered I really enjoyed to ride with some friends on the local MTB trails. Between 2004 and 2009 I would drop to 260lb and then gain it all back during the winter months. I was basically a yo-yo during those years which in retrospect was not very responsible nor healthy considering I have a large family, seven children.

Early this year I stopped wasting my time playing MMORPGs, and read a great book called the Hurshburg Diet by Dr. Melissa Hershburg. I started to see results and I was dropping pounds.

By July I weighed in at roughly 288lb. This is when I really started to get into it. A friend of mine helped me create a custom lifestyle which was sustainable based on very high protein and whole foods. By the end of August 2010 I had dropped to 230lb and fit in a size 34. It had been over a decade since I was able to fit into that size.

This summer I was killing the trails here in Sudbury, as well as in Barrie and Milton. At the start of the summer I was always the last guy in the pack. By the end, I was the leader. I felt great and things were rocking! Then I went to play some basketball. :)

The last time I played full court basketball was sometime in 98 or 99, I forget. It had been well over a decade. My VO2Max was high, and I was in great shape. Before playing we warmed up, stretched, and made sure we were limber and ready to run. I ran that court up and down like nobody’s business. In retrospect I should of stretched my ATs and calves more. You know what they say about hindsight.

At any rate, here I am. I’m currently undergoing the new UWO non-op protocol with Dr. Saidi, who was part of the Willit study. I’m in week three, wearing an aircast and allowed to PWB. I’m still a bit unsure about this new treatment protocol. I read the study, did some research and it seems that it’s comparable to going under the knife.

Here is to hoping.

Cheers all,

Jamie.

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