Week 1 - The Art of Slowing Down

One week ago today the course of my summer changed BIG TIME! My 4 year old and I were at a Trampoline Park and Obstacle Course having a great time with friends for the first 90minutes. I’m a PE teacher, marathon runner, Ironman athlete, avid yogi and overall healthy momma and wife. So I had no reason to believe that at the end of the medium level obstacle course the Warp Wall was going to affect my life so drastically. After watching my son and his friend (as well as several other people at the facility) run up and down the three walls…I decided to give the 10ft wall a try. Easy Peesy!! My 4 year old keeps letting me know I forgot to slam the "light up" button at the top of the wall to let everyone know I completed the wall before sliding down the pole to the ground. I asked the girl monitoring the station how difficult the second 12ft wall was and she said she didn’t think I would have a problem. So…off I went and the moment my foot hit the incline of the ramp I heard the "pop" and crumbled down.

I knew instantly what had happened. I hobbled around for about 30min, allowing my son to still play and hoping and praying what I knew had happened…hadn’t! But alas…I hobbled out of the facility and drove myself to Emergency (thank goodness it’s the left foot!)

I was quickly admitted and my Mom came to get my son as my husband is often working out of town. I was assessed and my initial thoughts of what happened were confirmed. Full Rupture…long road ahead and the marathon I had planned in October was definitely out of the question.

So…how to I be a Mom of an active 4 year old and gracefully handle this hand I was dealt. I have so far managed to stay very positive thinking this is the bigger world telling me to slow down and being grateful I have the summer to start recovery. I have quickly ditched my traditional crutches for a knee scooter and iWalk 2.0 to be a bit more mobile and quick, plus hands free.

As with so many other blogs I have read, I have been the research queen, and when I met with the surgeon the next day - we opted for the non-operative approach. I’m lucky my uncle is also a surgeon who has also confirmed my decision with several of his ortho buds. I have been exercising since two days post injury…my body only knows movement!

I found an awesome youtube channel with a yoga physio who had the same injury and still practiced yoga - I think it will be so important to stretch and breathe. I was given a protocol that allowed movement in the first two weeks to maintain ROM, hip and knee movement. Plus I have been modifying upper body and core workouts to be NWB. I’m missing getting a sweat on but am holding off on single leg biking for now. I even have access to a hand cycle if I really get the need to increase my heart rate.

I’m still elevating and icing and resting…but for me movement is normal and I think will help keep me sane! Next week we are traveling and so far I’m not planning on stopping these pre-planned vacations. First trip across the country is just Sawyer (my son) and I…so getting through the airport will be interesting, but I’m up for the challenge and not afraid to ask for help. Then a week later we are in Mexico…I think the knee scooter will still be coming with me!

I really love reading so many stories on here, and am trying to find some good inspirational books to read - feel free to give recommendations! My son has been AWESOME - carrying a backpack everywhere we go and really helping out Mom. My husband is out of town for 10 of the first 16 days post rupture…so my friends and parents have stepped up huge with meals, visits and play dates for Sawyer. Thank goodness I can still drive and have some independence…

Deep breaths, positive thinking and take it one day at a time! That’s where I’m at. Wishing everyone a healthy recovery.

5 Responses to “Week 1 - The Art of Slowing Down”

  1. Your attitude is amazing. Traveling with the cast/boot with 4 year old across the country. !!

    I was not so brave and postponed my trip to Europe (I am in US) until after 4 weeks since the cast came off

    Good luck on your trip and best wishes with your recovery.

  2. Thanks Zooomie! I guess it depends on the kind of travel…first trip is to see my husband’s family in Eastern Canada after he finishes up a week of work there. I figure I will have lots of hands on deck to help upon arrival…and a change of scenery will be nice.

    An all inclusive Mexican Vacation where it will be sleep, eat, exercise and pool…should still make for a great vacation I hope!

    A European Vacation with a lot of walking is worth postponing for full enjoyment when you are recovered. I probably would have made the same call.

    All the best!

  3. Way to go Sargegirl! The knee scooter was invaluable for me too. And since you’re willing to ask for help I think your only issue during travel will be doing things to reduce swelling since you’ll have your feet down a lot more than you would at home. I’m sure the airlines will help you a lot as well and with family coming to meet you at the airport your luggage shouldn’t be an issue. Good luck on the travels! And keep on moving and exercising!

  4. Thanks cserpent! These first two weeks are almost in the books and I’m so happy to be working out as I can. What did your injured foot do while you were in the rower? On a chair…or just resting on the rower not strapped in? Congrats on being so far in the recovery and thanks for still coming back to encourage us newbies!

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  5. When I was NWB I just rested it on the ground since I didn’t see any way to avoid putting pressure on it if I put it on the rower. I might have even held it up in the air - I don’t really remember - other than the leg was mostly straight when i was rowing. Once I was able to do PWB I put it on the rower (boot on) and didn’t strap it in. Couldn’t pull in as close as normal since it didn’t bend much in the boot - but I still got exercise. Of course I would always where a full, long sock in the boot when I went to exercise and would change to a clean dry one when I finished - LOL! I wanted to keep the boot from getting too stinky :) And, finally, once I was in shoes I initially did not strap it in since the foot couldn’t flex that much when I pulled in. Eventually I got enough flexibility so I could strap it in - but that took a while.

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