Sep 20 2011
In the initial weeks following my ATR, if someone were to tell me that 15 weeks would “fly” by, I would have never believed them. Yet, here I am, 14 1/2 weeks later and it’s flown by and ,it hasn’t. I am in two shoes and have been since mid August- full time in 2 shoes since late August. I can actually wear a sandal heel (as long as it is a cushy sole sandal). I am walking without a limp (except late at night when the ankle still swells) and for the most part, I am getting around. There are still alot of things I can’t do: run, jump, dance. But, I completely mobile I imagine it won’t be long until I get the confidence and strentgh back in my calf to do those things too.
The calf muscle has been problematic. It is still very weak. I can do two heel raises together but am nowhere near doing a single heel raise. I can raise up on two and then come down on one, tentatively, but that’s about it.
Ice is my friend. I ice after PT for 10 minutes and ice before I go to bed for 10 minutes. I have gotten out of a lot of good habits though I developed early in the injury though, like keeping my ankle elevated all day– that is a good thing to do- helps the healing, slows the swelling. I highly recommend it and should take my own advice.
PT has been the #1 reason my mobility has returned to a decent level. I have been going religiously 2x a week (yes, expensive)- my co-pay is $25 and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on recovery thus far, but how do you put a price limit on walking?
For those of you who have just injured yourself: Yes, it is really awful and the cast, crutches, boot process is truly challenging even for the most patient of people- and ATR hits athletes- not the most patient lot of people. I know I could very well be among the top 10% of most impatient people on earth. But, during the first four weeks, when I was in a cast, I read 5 books- hadn’t read for pleasure in years- I talked on the phone, watched some good movies and was, for the first time in 40 years … still.
That was weird, but also wonderful.
Becuase you know, you get pretty good at the crutches, then pretty good at maneuvering a fast gait in the air boot, and before you know it, you are doing more and more and life gets fast again.
I say… enjoy the stillness. For as long as it lasts.
Because you’ll be running again soon. Running late, running to a meeting, hurrying to the grocery store, Trying to fit more and more into a day, because you can. You’ll be mobile again.
I’ll do another update soon. Now, I’m gonna go check out some other blogs, catch-up on thier progress and meet some new ATRs.