Dec 21 2008
Hey ATRs….its been about two months since I posted, but I’ve been reading and sending good vibes to the new folks and those progressing. Good to hear of all your golfing and basketball stories.
I’ve been able to travel bootless- to Hawaii, to Maimi (CRAZY!), and to California for ThanksgivingI - but I still can’t really wear any shoes other than sturdy tennis shoes. (Ladies - when did you start putting on heels for work or going out again?)
Now that there is snow in these Oregon hills I can wear my snow boots and they seem to be 90% comfortable. I’m very aware that I will NOT be skiing this winter. Will have to rest in the lodge with a brandy I suppose.
I defnitely thought I would be running by now, but that has been slow. In fact, I mistakenly played “chicken” with the cars on main street, and it was a little difficult to get out of the way….just couldn’t get any speed. I started up with a second round of PT because I’ve been discouraged at how tight my achilles is - not just in the mornings. He is doing 12 sessions of this shea butter massage with an odd plastic tool. He does the whole length of my ATR leg and foot. It hurts/feels good. Its suppose to generate collagen and “correct” cell growth and shake up the bad ones. Anyone else doing this?
I can ride the bikes at the gym without much effort, but its not the type of workout I like. So last week I hopped on the treadmill and am determined by Feb to be able to run three miles even if its the slowest ever. My personal goal was to do a 5k by April (at 10 months) . I’m still hopeful.
I’m encouraged by this site and my PT to take up swimming for cardio and weight loss. Seems the lbs I lost post surgery are back …..humph. I think its the egg nog and xmas cookies.
Anyway, here are some pics of my house with the recent snow. Gorgeous. I feel for anyone starting out on this journey if you live in the ice and snow. I’m not sure how I would have handled the crutches and the cast. A weak leg is bad enough.
Happy Holidays and go Bears next Saturday. I’ll take some comparison/scar pics next time and post them.
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