Archive for June 15th, 2011

Jun 15 2011

10 days post rupture, my current thinking

Published by mtbrider under Uncategorized

Well, it is just over 1 week post rupture. I have my orthopedic specialist appointment tomorrow and I am pretty excited (and hopeful) about going along and being told my achilles is beginning to heal well by itself. The last 10 days have been pretty boring, I have pretty much kept my foot elevated as much as possible, including having some pillows under it when sleeping. The achilles pain has been pretty small, maybe a 2/10, however the cast feels a bit tight  around the middle of my foot. My family has been awesome. my wife has done EVERYTHING around the house and my two kids (4 and 2) are doing their bit too. It makes being in this situation much easier with the support of a great family.

The things I have found interesting are:

1. Going to the toilet at night. Usually at night I make my way down the hallway in a sleepy stagger, however with the injury I need to stand outside our bedroom door for 2-3 mins to wake up before making the trip safely.

2. Not being able to carry stuff. I have never had crutches before and never realised that you can not really carry anything. It is obvious when you think about it but by having a crutch in each hand you can not carry anything else. Can’t take my dirty plate to the bench, can’t carry my water bottle to the sink to fill it up, can’t carry my clean clothes to the shower….

3. How funny Cheers is. The writers were clever people to be able to write such a funny programme shot entirely in a bar. Luckily this programme is on tv for an hour each morning and an hour each afternoon. Unluckily the two morning shows are repeats from the evening before. It is probably the one time in life alzheimers would be a real bonus.

4. How you take your mobility for granted. When you walk and move so easily in everyday life you never think about how fortunate you are to be able to do so. It is in times such as this you think about how something as simple as walking is actually pretty damn cool, and a privilege.

5. I am thinking of this injury as a challenge to beat, not a hinderance. It is by encountering instances such as an ATR that you can test yourself and find out more about the person that you are. You can be a sad and down person who looks at the next 12 months as being a right bitch and a nuisance, or you can see it as a challenge, a time to find out more about the type of person you are. It is also a time to show your family and friends more about the person you are too.

So basically I am not that annoyed at my injury. From what I have read any sportsperson can get an ATR. From the weekend tennis player, to the most supported, well-trained and fit sportspeople (e.g All Black, Dan Carter). The alternative? Sell all your sportsgear and ¬†become a much less active person who spends most of their time on the couch? Yeah, you could, just don’t get off that couch to get another chocolate biscuit, you could get an ATR doing that too.

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