Post Holiday Update

December 30th, 2018

It’s been a couple of weeks so I thought I’d file in an update. Lots of traveling the last couple of weeks. First a flight out to California to see the folks then a flight back to Tennessee and then a long 6 hour drive home. I knew I was going to have trouble at the airports given my foot. I had connecting flights that I would have to hustle to make, so I opted to wear the boot on the airport travel days even though I’m technically in two shoes now. I can move pretty quickly in the boot but I have to move a lot slower and think about my steps when I’m just in shoes. And boy, I’m glad I did. I ended up doing a ton of walking at the airport. So much so, that I spent the next 4 days at my parents letting my achilles recover. It was so stiff and angry! It took me about a week to get back to where I was in my recovery before the trip. But now I have a better grasp of what it can endure.

Overall though, I think things are progressing nicely. I’ve been walking around the house in clogs, which help a ton! With the clogs on, I almost don’t have a limp. But forget about barefooted. I’m just not there yet. Outside, I’ve been wearing my super awesome new running shoes (Hoka’s, in case you want some). They’ve got lots of padding and are made for stability, which I really need. I still have a pretty severe limp in the running shoes but I know that will improve with time. I think I’m closing in on week 12, so I still have quite a ways to go.

I’ve been going to physical therapy twice a week (except for the two weeks I was traveling) which is going well, and doing my exercises at home. I’m doing assisted heels raises, a lot of balancing drills, some squats and modified lunges. Most of those I can do fairly well except the lunges. Got a problem with those for some reason. I’ve also been going to the gym and have been doing the stationary bike, a little bit of elliptical and lots of weights. It’s nice to actually get my heart rate up with some cardio where I actually sweat!

I still can’t walk very far before my achilles starts complaining, which I find the most annoying. Over Christmas, I tried a short walk outside thought the woods with my husband. I think I only did maybe 1/2 a mile and that was all I could do. Frustrating. But I’m trying not to push it. It is what it is. I also still have a bit of numbness around the edge of my heel, but I’m hoping, as with everything else, that will improve with time.

What I try to remember, during this time of year where we count our blessings, is that at least I’m not in a cast and on crutches anymore. I don’t think there’s been a day yet where I haven’t been doing something around the house, in the yard or out in the real world where I haven’t said, “At least I’m not on crutches. At least I’m not in a cast.” I am SO GRATEFUL for that!

Happy New Year everyone! And here’s to a very speedy recovery for everyone!!

One Response to “Post Holiday Update”

  1. cserpent on December 31, 2018 6:47 am

    Sounds like you’re doing well June! Yes don’t push it - LOL! 12 weeks is still early in the process - relatively speaking. I do know how grateful I am to be walking though there were times a few weeks back where I was wishing for my knee scooter when I had walked too much. Those were the days where I would get home, ice and elevate. Keep working at those PT exercises. I’m still having problems with the step forward with the right foot lunge myself. When I pull back to upright there is a lot of weight and flex on the left surgery foot and it just isn’t happy about that yet. I’m almost at the 20 week mark.

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