11
September
2013

Really? on the 4th day of school!

So the whole reason for creating this blog happened on the 4th day of school- 8/29/13, at around 9:45am.. I was demonstrating what I would call an extended skip- meaning skipping as high as you can, a move I’ve done thousands of times before, to a class of 6tth graders.  Did I mention I am a new teacher in this school? Oh yeah, and their previous Physical Education teacher- oh wait I’ll call him what he was- a gym teacher, had let them play dodgeball and kickball almost everyday for the last 10 years.

When I landed I heard a loud POP!- at first I thought I had popped my new Air Max shoes, because my heel kept going toward the floor.  I tried to take a step and my foot wouldn’t respond…. I crumpled to the floor and yelled for one of the kids to go get help from the office.  I felt the back of my ankle and realized there was a divot where my Achilles tendon used to be.  I immediately applied pressure to my calf muscle, had someone get me ice and waited.

I was escorted to the hospital on an ambulance (great exit from school, right?) where they concurred with my assessment- took x-rays to make sure the bone hadn’t been damaged, gave me a splint/crutches and prescriptions and sent me on my happy way.  Of course I needed to call my Ortho, who of course was out of town.  So I made an appointment with another OS in the same office, who could see me the next day.

It took all of 30 seconds for him to confirm the ER evaluation and bluntly tell me we would be making a date for surgery.  I was fitted with a walking boot and told to stay off of it as much as possible.

So now we will see what happens on Wednesday when I have surgery to repair my Achilles

 

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