Best progress yet!

September 4, 2014

I am writing this to state as many have stated before ‘Time and effort really are great healers’.

So her I am feeling rather pleased with myself, since my last post things have come A LONG WAY! I have now been completely signed off from my OS and hospital as they couldn’t believe how well I looked and normal I could walk etc. The lump of the repaired achilles and the actual scar are improving everyday and most of all I hardy get any pain or swelling anymore.

As far as the general daily requirements of the achilles I have no restrictions what so ever therefore I am now concentrating on achieving the next level towards getting back to my very full on active and challenging lifestyle. I have upped my exercise routine and this has proven to have increased the strength and mobility greatly. My routines involve targeted single leg squats, stepping, wobble board, spinning, gentle rebounding and always finish with slow and concise stretches. I swim on my ‘in between days’ so I am now basically very active everyday and thankfully with no ill effects just positive ones :-)

I have completed 1hr spinning classes, holding a good steady RPM with resistance but have not done any standing time on the bike so guess that is my next aim. PT is also going well and proving to be very worthwhile. It is interesting speaking to people in the gym who enquire how your are doing. Many just stare in horror at the scar and say ‘ I don’t think I could cope’ - my reply is the same every time, I tell them how you are faced with two choices :- either give in to it all, sit around, feel sorry for yourself and stop living OR bite the bullet, grit your teeth and fight to get life back as you know and live it! It is amazing how with the power of the mind you can fight through the difficulties, many frustrations and suddenly find that you have started to exceed your own initial expectations and then that’s when your fire is lighted even more and the desire to come back fitter and better than before becomes the driving force.

Hang in there newbies to ATR and those who are struggling, yes it is hard, painful, frustrating etc but it DOES get better and the bad times start to fade from memory and the achievements start to replace them. Happy, healthy healing to you all.