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April 7, 2009

Hard to believe it….seems like only yesterday…maybe not

Filed under: Uncategorized — mbargo @ 2:15 pm and

Well….   It was a about 1 year ago today I wrote my  blog.  I was pretty bummed out…mad…spring was just kicking in and I just pulled out the pain pump cord from my leg.   Buddies were golfing and my 10th anversary trip to Mexico was in a week.  So many questions with so many different answers so many doubts will I ever do this or that again.    The advice helped…I only moaped around another day or two went on the trip with cast and wheel chair and as dennis put it I then started my marathon run to recovery.

When I read posts if you were 20 weeks it seemed like you were a year ahead of me.  Now I seldom write but still check in.   It is a long road but it goes by so much faster the more you do and more you get back involved.   I never stopped going places.   I crutched on the beach…played golf with my boot on, swam, worked out and went to dinners, sporting events and parties.

I can do a one legged calf raise now!   I am playing some basketabll. I shaved two strikes from my handicap because  I know the injurt helped me slow my swing down.  I went skiing last week and while I do think about my tendon I feel pretty darn good about it.  There is not much I would not do.   If I run or bike my wind gives out before my leg.   I really seemed to reach a plateau after 6 months  I could do most things but that damn one legged raise seemed impossible.    But when I really thought I was about where I was going to end up these last couple of months have really been great.  

I am actually sprinting.  Problobly run about 5.5 40 yard dash….   but heck  I dont think I ever broke 5.0 anyway.  It is just a hard to describ but all of sudden I really feel strong in my leg.   I am doing calf exercises and still see my injured leg is a shade smaller but maybe 5-7%….  but I am sure they will be even soon.  Plus my scar and tendon  look pretty good but too be honest I hardly care.  The joy of doing all activities again trumps all.

Its almost seems crazy to say the year went by fast but it did.   Point of my blog is…. stay after it work out when you can…dont turn stuff down because of your injury it may surprise you how people go out of their way to help (and some who don’t).  But whatever you loved to do before you got hurt you can do it again I think just knowing that helps.     Thanks Dennis words dont describ the help the site brought.


  1. mbargo,

    Your post really made my night. I too ruptured mine playing hoops and long for the time to be back on the court. In fact some of the guys I play with stopped by today as we had a championship game last night and we won…they brought me the trophy. I am only 3 weeks post op but have been going to the gym to lift a little and am getting a boot this Friday. Can’t wait to have just a little mobility back again. Just wanted you to know how you cheered me up tonight. I have remained positive so far but every once in awhile it is cool to get a pick me up. You were my pick me up today. Thanks for showing the light…and helping me realize the tunnel is not that long.

    Comment by mark — April 7, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  2. Great to hear the success and “looking back” stories on the blog. I am only 3 weeks in and it feels like forever until I can get back to raquetball, b-ball and football. I’m being sure to use the time to enjoy my wife, kids and some good books.

    All the best,

    Comment by matt — April 7, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  3. Great Post! Excellent progress. Your posts and responses were so helpful to me in the early days when I was going through the anger,denial and self pity stages. Thank you.

    My one year anniversary is only weeks away. I too am enjoying “normal” and appreciate the little things far more because of the injury last year. The year has gone quickly (although the first 2 months felt like an eternity!)

    Congrats on your milestone!!

    Comment by Tennisjunkie — April 9, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  4. Thanks, mbargo…It’s been 7 weeks since my surgery, and I just started FWB, but can still barely limp along…so it helps to hear your “light at the end of the tunnel” story…I am a runner, so it is especially gratifying to know that you are able to sprint! Be well, Gail

    Comment by gailaj — April 9, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

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