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Update 4.5 months

Filed under: Uncategorized — purple at 4:06 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been a while…. But who would know how quickly life would commence being hectic again!! I’m 4.5 months post and each day gets easier and easier. I have started driving again, back in the gym, managing full work days. I am doing double calf raises (not at a single yet) and almost walking without a limp (seems so hard to move past this). It still feels tight and a tad sore to walk.

Overall things are improving and am feeling free and much happier. It’s still hard work but nothing like those first three month!!

To all of you just beginning, stay strong! There is light at the end of the tunnel!!




Comment by Nicky

November 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

Really great to here about your progress. I am at a similar stage. Is it really 4.5 months?!!
Still no where near single heel raises and I am still limping.
Very sore over the ruptured area which still seems to be thickening on a daily basis.
But back at work and doing all things that don’t require running.


Comment by kellygirl

November 5, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

Sounds good! It does get better, doesn’t it!


Comment by T

November 5, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

I’m just about 4 months. Yes the thickening is crazy and I missed a week of PT because of a change in insurance carrier but I have the foam roller and doing 100 calf raises a day. I’ve even inadvertently run a little coaching my son’s football team

You all still wearing the heel lift in your shoe?


Comment by normofthenorth

November 5, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

I think it was doug53 here who coined the phrase “frustrating plateau” to refer to the long “tail” on the end of the recovery. A week or two usually makes a HUGE difference in the early days, but a short while after we get into 2 shoes, we usually get to the point of ALMOST walking normally, and a month or two (or more!) later, our strength and flexibility may have changed significantly, but we may STILL be ALMOST walking normally — GRRRR!!

On ocean voyages, there’s an old cliche that the longest part of the voyage is the time starting when you first see land (”first landfall”), and ending when you’re actually tied up at the dock. ATR rehab is similar, because we can really see our objective when we have ditched our crutches and our boot and are FINALLY back into our own shoes. But for most of us, that’s actually much less than half way through the “marathon”.

Of course, we each have a choice, just how frustrated to be, and how appreciative to be of the progress we’ve made.


Comment by purple

November 9, 2013 @ 8:06 am

Hi Nicky and T! Yes I’m also experiencing the “thickening”. I don’t have a foam roller? What is it and how do you use it. I’ve been getting to a masseuse and he is giving me massage and “cupping”. I always feel great just after (though it is so painful during). I’ve been a bit slack on my exercises and I think probably paying for it…. But well as I read somewhere else, sometimes I think you have to give yourself a bit of a break from the guilt.

Norm that makes a lot of sense and yes I’m so grateful for the progress I’ve made. If you asked me 3 months ago I’d thought I’d never be where I am now! It is now a whole new set of goals and a different mindset. I think back to others blogs that I couldn’t make sense of 4.5 months ago and am amazed I made it. So in another 4 months imagine how we will feel!!!


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