December 20, 2008 | |

I’m fit. I cycle. I run. I strength train. I am 37 years old. I just can’t play basketball anymore. Tried to Thursday morning (Dec 18th), first time playing in a pickup game in 9 years. The last time I played I gave myself a high ankle sprain. So I hung up my shoes and picked up lower impact sports like cycling. But Thursday morning I gave it another shot and about 20 minutes into a pickup game, POP. Then a sharp pain hit, and I tried to step forward and couldn’t.

At first I thought I had just injured my calf. I could move my ankle around, just couldn’t stand on my right foot toes. After hobbling to the car and driving myself home, I told my wife I thought I’d just ended my days on the court. Then a few minutes later after taking my shoes off I felt around the heel and couldn’t feel the Achilles tendon.

Thankfully, I was able to get in to see an orthopedic surgeon that morning and scheduled surgery for Friday morning (Dec 19th). Thankfully because we were supposed to fly to CA on Saturday for the holidays and a trip to Disneyland. At the time, I thought we could manage it. The doctor said it was possible, but definitely uncomfortable - but the plus side, we’d get to the front of all the Disney ride lines!

Surgery went great, and they let me know my tendon looked like spaghetti. I don’t think I’ll ever look at spaghetti the same way again. No pain for most of the day thanks to a nerve block. But when that thing wore off at 2am, OUCH. Pain 7 out of 10! Now, mid-day on the day after surgery, I feel just a little pain. But that pain, and the threat swelling and blood clotting on an 4 hour flight has canceled our trip to CA and Disneyland. My two boys, 8 and 7, don’t like the idea of not having Christmas with their Nana and Papa, but my 7 year old said it best, “Its the right decision Dad.” We will enjoy Christmas at home, and my boys will enjoy making fun of their gimp dad.

This wasn’t what I thought I’d do the week before Christmas. But thanks to reading a number of other blogs here, I know I’ll get back on my feet in no time.


16 Comments so far

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  2. dennis on December 20, 2008 5:16 pm

    kmcnabb - Sorry to hear that you’ve canceled your Disneyland trip, but I am glad that the kids took it well. happy holidays, and let your body heal!

  3. DrLeo on December 20, 2008 11:04 pm

    Hi kmcnabb,
    Bummer. I did the same thing except I have been playing basketball all my life, was running 9 miles 3 x week, 4 miles 3 x week and weightlifting. I stretched for 30 minutes, took a few shoots and we started the game. I threw the ball in, took one step and bam, down I went. I ruptured mine in two places, low down by the ankle ( a complete rupture)and 90% where it turns to fascia and goes into the calf.

    I am at 25 weeks. It is a long recovery so take the year, do your exercises, don’t push it (it won’t go any faster) and you can come back at 100% (that is what they told me anyway).

    I am now swimming and riding a recumbent bike and started walking for about an hour. Still a lot of pain every day, both in the heel and in the Achilles but the doc and the PT both say that is normal in a lot of cases.

    Sorry about Disneyland. Glad to hear your kids are O.K. Have a great Christmas


  4. bostonbrother on December 21, 2008 1:51 am

    Hi kmcnabb,

    Just wanted to throw my support your way. Like you I will be in a splint recovering from surgery over Christmas. I am glad to see that your block worked. Mine didn’t and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It sounds like you have some great kids. Good luck with your recovery.

  5. kmcnabb on December 21, 2008 7:05 am

    Thanks everyone! Good luck to you, and Happy Holidays!

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