mo808’s AchillesBlog

Getting “olakino maika’i” (healthy)

March 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Diagnosis and a plan of action was just what this old gal needed!  Finally, someone told me what was wrong and what to do about it!  I immediately felt both relieved and excited!

Surgery on 2/27/14 went well, and Dr Rasmussen had me wearing a splint which was removed on 3/10/14.  The incision healed up really nice (she glued it).  She instructed me to wear the BOOT and  to continue to not to put weight on the right foot, except when say–at the sink brushing my teeth.   She told me I could get it wet, to get into a pool–as soon and as often–as I could for physical therapy.  She said the water would allow me to move freely and not put a strain on the right foot. This was great to hear!

Pool therapy sounds great, but the logistics of that raced through my mind…how, when, where.  I couldn’t drive there, wherever there was.  Wearing the boot navigating anywhere on crutches makes me nervous to do it alone.  God brought to mind a friend in my neighborhood who had a pool.  I’ve known Donna–well it seems like ages!  She knew my plight and was praying for me along with others from our church.  It was such a blessing to hear her say, “Oh, sure! Absolutely!  You come any day, I’m always here! In fact, I’ll come pick you up!”

Pool therapy blessings began on 3/14/14. Walking upright (more or less) in water is not easy with ATR, but it got progressively easier with reps.  I also did leg extensions, lifts,  kicks, and swam around–gently of course!  The best thing was not having to wear the BOOT or be depending upon crutches!  Oh, and of course not worrying that I would hurt myself with the activity.  My friend Donna was great company as we spent the time chatting up while I worked out in her pool.   I needed this not only for my body, but also for my spirit too!

Wishing everyone healing blessings!

A Hui Hou!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • chuckv // Mar 17th 2014 at 10:35 am

    Sounds like you are finally on the right track. Sorry to hear that you had to wait so long for the diagnosis. I went the non-operative approach because I had the experience of knowing what had happened to me and I started treating “myself” right away. I got in a boot and kept the tendon ends “approximated” so they could start growing back together. I had the “benefit” of having been through a previous ATR. I had knowledge and I didn’t have to wait for someone to tell me that I had a broken achilles. I knew I had one.

    You will be OK. Learn as much as you possibly can and keep the faith.

  • normofthenorth // Mar 17th 2014 at 11:40 am

    The only risk in the pool is if you jump into a surface dive - Don’t! And choose the depth to give you the right amount of WB for your exercises and it should stay great!

  • mo808 // Mar 17th 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Hi chuckv! Thank you for sharing your experience! I was totally clueless about this type of injury, which is why this blog and everyones experience is so very helpful to me personally! I am so glad I found it. I am currently trying to learn as much as I can to get better. My fears have been to not overdo–but, I also don’t want to baby myself so that I don’t step out :-) of my comfort zone and do what it takes physically to progress to wellness. Thanks for your encouragement!

  • mo808 // Mar 17th 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Hi normofthenorth! I increased pool time today to 2-1/2 hours from the 1-1/2 last Friday. But, no diving for this old gal. Lot’s of walking as upright heel toe as I could. Then, free swim up down around back forth kicking, extensions, whatever I could manage as gently as possible. It was great!

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