Hey there. My name is Shawn Belton and I am a fire investigator working in a fire department in the state of Maryland. On October 19, 2009, while going up for a rebound, I felt a pain like someone was kicking me in my left ankle. After I was referred to a foot and ankle specialist by my doctor a week later, I was told that I had ruptured my left Achilles tendon. I had my surgery on November 27, 2009 and I am now 3-days post op. I supposed the surgeon on December 14 to look at the tendon to reevaluate it so for now, I can’t put no weight on it. My doctor told me that he did a bone marrow aspirate and added it to the tendon to help speed up the healing process because of the stem cells. Hopefully I can be back to work walking by March at the latest. The good thing about my job is that I don’t have to run into burning building anymore. I go into burned buildings after the fact. I just wanted to share this experience I am going through right now and hopefully someone can encourage me just as I can encourage someone else here. I guess being 41 and playing basketball can be a dangerous combination. I would like to play again in about a year or so, but I don’t want to gamble on sustaining another injury that could very well be debilitating.
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