May 13 2013


Week 30: Reflections, Thank you, and Shout outs!

Posted at 8:08 PM under 2-Shoes, Post-Op

I’m hope this doesn’t sound too cheesy……. but it probably will. :)

Since, I joined this site 4.5 months after my untreated ATR, and a few weeks before my surgery, I’ve been posting on (at least) a weekly basis. I hope that my blog will help anyone else who may stumble upon it suffering from the same injury (Hopefully, not as stale an ATR as mine). But if that may be the case I hope they might find useful information or support through these page (and other blog(s) on this site). A big thank you Dennis for creating this site. I still wear my Achillesblog shirt to the gy, on a regular basis, while still rehabbing my leg. A big shout out to those “big shots” around here (Norm, Ryanb, Andrew1971 and others……) who were very informative, especially during the first 4 months of my recovery. Thank you to all the others who have been supportive and also informative around here also (Darryn, Jack, BrokenBride, Alton2012UK, Hungtheviet, Lisa, Soccergotme, RupturedNurse, and many others). Also to those who I’ve been talking to recently like RRR, Kellygirl, Momto4peas, Micah, and others). And if I forgot you…… my bad, there are too many good people on this blog to name.  I wish luck and happy healing to all of you. And a big thanks from Kkirk. :D

As far as my recovery, my ATR leg is still weaker, sore, and generally lets me know what happened to it almost a year ago. I still can only interval run, because a soild 5K makes my knee and ankle get too sore. But my calf is starting to get more and more strength back every week. :) I’m in Week 3 of my Couch to 10K program, which consits of 2 sets of 90 sec walk/run, 3 minute walk/run with a warmup and cooldown. I could feel the 3 minutes of running today, but also completed 2.7 miles in 35 minutes. I hope to start trying some more difficult hikes in the near future, I just haven’t had the chance in the last month or so.

AS you all know our recoveries are slow and steady and hopefully incremental. I would like to stress to anyone reading this who is new to  the club to familiarize yourself with aggressive modern recovery protyocols like UWO. I was on a veryconservative one (6 weeks NWB and not to 2-shoes until 12 weeks) which led to an uphill atrophy battle I’m now starting to win at almost 8 months. Know that with your recovery you will get back what you put into to it also, so try to stay focused, and not be lazy with your rehab. And know that your greatest weapon is staying postive. This will be more use to you than anything else, because I believe so much of this is about perspective. Anyway, this isn’t goodbye, I’m just done psoting every week. So when I feel like updating everyone I will and I’ll still be creeping around.:)

Happy Healing


11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Week 30: Reflections, Thank you, and Shout outs!”

  1. kellygirlon 14 May 2013 at 12:50 AM 1

    (sniffle. sniffle.) Thank you, Kevin. Your blog is a great resource to us newbies. I’m sure I’m not alone in appreciating the time and effort you have taken in your blog posts and your wise and thoughtful responses to so many of the “club members.”

    I’m thrilled to hear that you are winning the battle against atrophy! Yay for symmetry. It sounds like you are in a good place right now and that it will only get better. I wish you the best of luck with your rehab. I’m sure I will still be here the next time you post.

    Of course, you realize that now I’m thinking (again) about cutting my cast off and doing my own rehab using UWO instead of my doctor prescribed “conservative” approach–but that’s a different blog post. LOL!

    See you around!

  2. normofthenorthon 14 May 2013 at 3:03 AM 2

    OK, Kevin, we’ll see if you’re more successful at breaking this addiction than SOME of us have been. . .

    Kellygirl, I’m old enough to remember when about the only people who had gizmos that could cut a cast without cutting the leg inside were cast technicians, but recently Dremel and a bunch of other companies have been making reciprocating cutters and scrapers just like the ones the hospitals used to monopolize. No, I am NOT advising you to chop yours off Against Medical Advice, mostly ’cause it’s so much better to educate your Doctor about the new research studies instead — better for you and WAY better for the next 50 or 100 ATR patients who will come through that same clinic or hospital! (But if you did, you would not be the first ATR patient here to do it.)

  3. eyechilleson 14 May 2013 at 11:19 AM 3

    Hey Kevin,

    Its been awesome reading your blog and updates. I still remember when I was on post op day two or three laid out in bed with my foot elevated and discovered your blog. I really enjoyed reading about your journey through this injury and seeing all the pictures and progress. Thank you for continuing to share your insight and good luck with the recovery man.

  4. hillieon 14 May 2013 at 1:16 PM 4

    Well you do say “at least” a weekly basis! Often seemed to be hourly that we had your observations and experiences educating and encouraging fellow atr club members. And interesting too to read how leaving treatment so late affects recovery - some of us just don’t know how you did that…..

    Good luck with the rest of the rehab - looking forward to reading more from you soon.

  5. Ripraproaron 14 May 2013 at 1:40 PM 5

    Hi Kevin,
    Your a gent and a scholar sir, I salute you
    Big up to the people you bigged up,
    I’m as always with norm, you’ll be back, if your kind by nature you’ll always want to help
    In the meantime aurevior sir

  6. kkirkon 14 May 2013 at 4:35 PM 6

    Thanks everyone and your welcome. I won’t be going anywhere, so fear not. :)

    Hillie: if you click On “My ATR” story it explains my mistakes and insurance issues, and why i didnt have surgery for 4.5 months. Anyway, bottom line is I wish I would of found this blog in day 1!

  7. alton2012ukon 15 May 2013 at 9:52 PM 7

    Thanks Kevin and congrats on the progress. As usual I am behind on my posts and reading yours, so sorry haven’t kept up with all that’s been going on during the last month, but a quick scan back and it looks like there are some interesting parallels again. I have started to focus my workouts towards the treadmill with jogging starting at week 21 and building speed and time periods. Also started doing ladders, but initially unsuccessful due to……wimpy S-L heel raise. Need decent toe action for ladder exercises! I am in the middle of week 26 today nursing a sore soleus which went whilst jogging on the treadmill, ironically on the good leg, the ATR leg still felt great after 8 minutes continuous !

    Anyhow must go, I have the previous 6 weeks of your blog to catch up on. Thanks for all the great posts and the dedication that has gone into them. Good luck and good healing.

  8. darrynon 18 May 2013 at 9:33 PM 8

    Thanks for all your posts Kevin. Good luck not posting … I suspect you’ll still be a somewhat regular poster. Also good luck with the couch to 10k program. I look to forward to hearing of your success.

  9. andrew1971on 19 May 2013 at 6:10 PM 9

    It’s been a great journey so far Kevin and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts to this point and am certain I’ll continue to do so as and when you find the time to post again.

    I too suffer a little with the soleus on the non-atr leg, not so much recently, but certainly at the point in recovery you are at now - on the weeks I felt it needed to rest I upped the cycling+elliptical and abstained from the treadmill for 7days and all was well the following week, in fact I was able to train harder as a result.

    Good luck with continued recovery :)

    To the ‘passers by’ Kevin’s blog is as good as they come (like our other comrades mentioned above) I’d recommend reading it to any new ATR members.

  10. micah1on 19 May 2013 at 6:30 PM 10

    Thanks for all your updates Kevin, Its been fantastic reading all the posts from people ahead of me on the recovery pathway. I feel like you are all friends, truly, and I hope you continue to drop in occasionally to keep us up to date and in touch. Keep on blogging and recover well . x

  11. kkirkon 19 May 2013 at 10:07 PM 11

    Oh, I’ll still be posting, Just “not quite”as often. :)

    And Andrew your “recovery week” will probably be something I’ll have to do (eventually), since the running still get my ankle and sometime knee slightly inflammed. I don’t have the same issues with the bike or ellipical.

    Alton: Sounds like your recovery is progressing well. I’m only up to 3 minutes of continuous running so far (trying to baby my ankle and knee). Next week I’ll try 5. Happy healing.

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