Things are looking good :)

Hope everyone is off to a good Monday.

Things are looking good with my AR recovery. Had the surgery 24, January and placed in a splint for two weeks. Two weeks post op I had the stitches removed and placed in a cast for four weeks NWB with foot placed at decline angle. Had the cast removed at the six-week mark and doc gave me the clear to ditch the crutches with the assistance of a boot. I was so excited to hear the news, although ditching the cruthces was alot easier said than done. Since having no mobilization of my foot since 7 January 2014, my ROM was very limited but doc gave me some basic exercises to gain movement, basically, he gave me a resistance band and instructed me to do side to side and down exercises and doesn’t want the foot to come past the neutral position coming upward. I’m a military flyer so the protocol is to visit my flight doc after every visit with my civilian doc.  The flight doc put me on a bit more of an intense physical therapy with the on-base physical therapist and already i have seen drastic improvements. within days of going to the physical therapist, i have gained full ROM side to side, down, and am slightly past neutral in the upward position. I got past the mental blocks of placing weight on my foot and ditched one crutch and feel confident enough to ditch the second one by the end of my seven-week mark.

I know i shouldn’t have, but this past weekend, i walked around the house without the use of the boot, but only for going to the kitchen and purposely to get my foot aclimated without the boot and I think that really helped loosen the tendon. I am very happywith my progress, and just as all the veterans on this blog recommend; progress should be incremental and in moderation.

Personally, this accident has been an incredible journey and a blessing in disguise. This past 1.5 years has been very busy for me. Before the accident, i was deployed for 8 months in Afghanistan and saw some pretty horrific things. I came back home for a couple weeks to my wife and kids only to fly out again for another 15 months of travel without them.  Between training, deployments, and exhausting travel, my body and mind had been feeling the strains of all these things compounded with guilt of being away from my family.  It’s pretty crazy because i think about my tear and when and how it happened and i think it was god’s way of forcing me to slow my life down and get back to the basics of faith and family.  I remember being taken to the ER, I was 1700 miles from home at the time, and all i could think about was at the strong possibility of going home to my family for a good while and how that thought alone brought a smile to my face.  So in the grand scheme of things, my ATR was a small and well worth price to pay for the priceless time i am spending with my wife and kids (this is the first birthday in three years i’ve gotten to spend with my 5 year old son, and it was priceless), and for the time i have been given to look back and reflect on many aspects of my life-something i have not been able to do in such a while.

For those who have just began the rehabilitative process, hang in there and keep your spirits high and we are all here to support one another. Good bless.

4 Responses to “Things are looking good :)”

  1. Not many of us had our lives immediately improved by an ATR!! :-)
    “progress should be incremental and in moderation” but it can (should) also be much faster! Little or no harm post-op, though - just the extra time, which you’re using well!

  2. What a great way to look at your injury, and what a blessing to be able to finally spend time with your family!

  3. Hi RBJ33! Great attitude and perspective on the “opportunity” God blessed you with as a result of the ATR! It is so cool that He allows us to go through these kinds of challenges– so that we can get off the merry-go-round of busyness– and spend more time with our family and in fellowship with Him! Healing blessings to you!

  4. Hi RBJ33, I just wanted to personally thank you for your service to our country. God bless you and your family. I hear you on the priceless feeling of getting to spend the time at the birthday of your 5 year old son. That is a great age! …wondering if you were playing racquetball at Kirtland AFB when the injury occurred?

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