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Entries from October 2015

6 month update: One more milestone

October 26th, 2015 · 4 Comments

As another month passes, I am approaching the six month anniversary of my injury. As with many things, it feels like it went quickly in retrospect, but I still have vivid memories of every second of pain and immobility feeling like an eternity. Hang in there, guys!

I had another early milestone this week, as I was able to successfully “summit” the hill behind my house last Monday. It’s a steep half-mile or so that requires scrambling up loose rocks towards the end, and offers a view of Torrey Pines State Beach in the distance. I couldn’t have dreamt of walking up there just a few months ago, so it was extremely satisfying to be able there and pain-free.

My next milestone (Jan) is to run on an alter-G treadmill, but I think I will save the money and just run in the pool until my PT gives me the green light to start short treadmill runs. I did catch myself speed walking after my daughter while hiking over the weekend, but I don’t have the guts (or calf strength) to come completely off the ground yet.

Was anyone else’s fantasy football season ruined by Arian Foster rupturing his Achilles yesterday? Poor guy. I actually doubled down on him, trading for him in both of my leagues, so part of me is afraid that I hexed him somehow. =P

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Month 4 update: Freedom to Forget

October 10th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Hello again, Achilles Blog friends. I’m 22 weeks post-op now, but it feels like I’ve aged 10 years in terms of the wisdom and patience gained, and the adversity I’ve overcome.

It’s been 4 weeks since I last posted, and I don’t think I’ve checked the site once since. I’d rather be outdoors experiencing life and reconnecting with friends / family than returning back to the “scene of the crime” where I spent countless nights obsessing over my injury. This site is a great resource to get educated on ATR recovery and rehabilitation, and it certainly helped me to connect and communicate with other ATR sufferers. But it should be everyone’s goal to graduate from this site, leave it behind, and let it become a distant memory.

One thing that I’ve been less excited to give up was my handicap parking placard. I live in crowded Southern California, so it was a godsend while I had it! Towards the end, it started to feel more like a sense of entitlement than a necessity, and I didn’t realize that it expired on 9/7/15 (as opposed to 9/30/15), so I accidentally used it illegally for 3 weeks. Sshhhh! Don’t tell anyone!

Physically, I’m pain-free, but healing short. I work daily to stretch my left tendon and build calf strength. Most nights, I’ll wear my Elasto-Gel ice pack to mitigate swelling, out of habit and in the hopes that it aids recovery.

I did a short, steep hike up the hill behind my house today for the first time. This is a milestone I didn’t expect to hit in my excessively conservative protocol until December, so I’m pretty happy about that!

I’ve also been doing yoga twice a week, and stand-up paddle boarded today, both of which are great workouts for the stabilizers in your foot and ankle. I still protect my injured side in yoga, being careful not to overstretch or overload it, but over the course of an hour it does seem to loosen up a bit. I feel like these are a healthy injury prevention activities for my “good side,” too.

One of the neighborhood families left a children’s basketball hoop and beach ball in the deep end of our community pool, so I’ve actually been “shooting hoops” with some regularity, jumping and dunking and all. This has been a fun way to rehab with my 2 year old daughter, I’ll lift her in her floaty and let her dunk sometimes, too. Time will tell if I ever have the courage to shoot hoops on solid ground again.

Did anybody else on here gain weight from your injury? As if the sedentery lifestyle and atrophy wasn’t enough, I took to eating Cinnabons for two weeks after my surgery. As a result, I am 10 lbs heavier than I was pre-injury, and probably about 30 lbs above where I’d really like to be. For the most part I try to eat low-carb and not overindulge, but end up having a “cheat meal” or three per day. If anyone knows of an easy way to lose 30 lbs without going hungry, please let me know in the comments below!

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