30 Weeks - Checking In

September 21, 2012

30 weeks seems like a long time when you look at a calendar, and I guess it is a while, over one half of a year at least. However, looking back from now the only bit that seemed slow was the first 10 weeks, this was the time that my life was greatly affected by my injury. From 10 weeks forwards, I felt that good progress was being made, and at whatever the pace is, that feels great.

I see that there are plenty of new members to our ATR ‘club’ here on the blog, and I guess the only thing I can offer as advice is that things will return to normal eventually. I would say I am 95% there now. I cycle to and from work every day, I can stand and climb on my bike and even managed to fall off the other day without doing myself an injury (not counting my bleeding elbow and shoulder pain!).  I can do small single leg heel raises, but am just letting this come along at a steady pace.

At the start of the process back in February I was concerned, and the road in front of me seemed long, but as long as you are making progress along the ‘road’ then it’s all good. I progressed at my own pace and felt that a week here or there did not make much difference in the grand scheme of the recovery process, no sense in taking risks.

So, good luck to all and I will be sure to keep checking in and reading peoples stories, it is interesting to read the experiences of others. The site is full of knowledgeable and helpful people who offer great advice on the recovery process and where I feel I can add to it I will be chipping in. I will continue to blog so that people can see that normal life does return, but maybe with long gaps in between.



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  • 1. Kim  |  September 21st, 2012 at 15:23

    Good to hear from you, jimmyinnyc! I’m getting too busy to blog much - but everything is going well here at 20 weeks or so. (you know you’re getting better when you don’t count the weeks as closely.) Can’t wait till I can do a single heel raise - still need the pool to get there. :)

  • 2. Roo  |  December 15th, 2012 at 16:15

    So good to hear of your progress. I have reached the 22 weeks mark and am a little worried that my calf is not improving either in size or strength. I have been doing the toe-rise exercises (with the good leg resposnsible for the lift). I try and come down on the injured leg and hope that this will help to build the calf. I don’t know how to swim - so that part is out.

    What did you do to build your calf and get strength back? Any advice? :(

  • 3. jimminyc  |  December 15th, 2012 at 17:00

    Hi Roo, 22 weeks eh? What you describe is really how I felt at that stage of things. Moving from 20 to 30 weeks saw some improvements but now I am 42 weeks I think that my 95% comment probably was more like 85%, you just forget what it is like to have your leg working properly! My calf is almost there now, I can do single raises, not amazing ones but not bad a little low and short but each week brings progress. Size wise it is similar, but when standing on my toes it is not quite as toned.

    My main activities have been cycling (I do this every day to and from work, 50 miles / week and also getting out for lunchtime walks to ease stiffness in the tendon and promote movement and therefore flexibility. So, I guess depending on your location and climate, either some cycling or perhaps an exercise bike, and plenty of walking. Also, I have enjoyed practicing and improving my balance over the last 20 weeks, standing on one leg. I have not done any swimming to speak of, but when I did try in the summer, my foot felt weak still.

    For me, the main thing was a steady pace of improvement and not to worry and rush it.

    Good luck, check back soon and let us know how it is going.

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