It’s amazing how fast the time goes. I first stepped into the boot at week 4 and now I’m ready to start jogging in a few days. Memorial Day (May 25) was the first day I tried to do toe raises in a pool. I had to be in shoulder deep water just to be able to do a few partial one, now I can do sets of 20 with full extension in knee deep water and sets of 10 (using 1 finger for balance and a little help) out of the pool. The swelling, which was a little annoying if I stayed on my feet for more than a workday, is only minimal now even if I’m on my feet for 16+ hrs. I pretty much have the OK to do everything but run and jump. I can walk at a 15min/mile pace, do all my leg workouts, golf and even bumped the volleyball around on the beach with no problem. The doctor said I can start jogging at 16 weeks and if all goes well they’ll release me at 5 months instead of the normal 6 months. I still go to PT but have cut down from 3x/week initially to 2x/week after a month to 1x/week now. With my insurance, I still had to pay 20% of the cost and my own workouts were 3x-4x harder than what I was doing at PT. Once the massage and ultrasound treatments stopped, I found that my time (and money) were better spent using the PT as a resource for exercises. I told her it was my job to push my recovery along as fast I could and it was her job to reign me in when I got to far ahead of myself. That relationship has worked well but I’ve also been pretty good about following their aggressive protocols. Hopefully the next 4 months will go as smoothly as the first 4 did, but I think it’ll be a lot more work to get back to 100% ….
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