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I Made it! 1 Year Update

It’s been a hard road with plenty of highs and lows, but here I am a year out from surgery with one basketball league win injury free in the books!  As I said in my last post, I’m still not 100%, but I’m doing everything I did before and enjoying it twice as much.  It’s hard to believe that one year ago at this time I was laying miserably in bed unable to sleep with uncontrollable hiccups.  I still have a lot of work to do to get back to 100%, but my progress continues, and I’m confident that by next year I’ll be 100% on the left leg and overall more fit and stronger than ever.

My achievements since last month are:

  • An amazing trip to San Diego with my wife where I surfed every day without any achilles-related limitations (but plenty of living in Colorado so horribly out of surf shape limitations).
  • Jogging on the beach in San Diego.
  • Back to back full days skiing challenging terrain.
  • Several more days of cross country skiing.
  • Able to do single calf raises a bit easier - the improvement is slow, but I’m still moving forward.
  • Landmark accomplishment: Played my first men’s league game, and went 4-4 from three, got up and down the court without a problem, and even played some pretty solid D.  Most importantly, I had a blast and my team got the win.  We changed our name from ‘The Grumpy Old Men’ to ‘The Rocky Mountain Goats’ but the core of our team is intact and I’m looking forward to playing the full season and getting stronger every game.

I’m going to try to put together a full list of highlights and lowlights from the year in the next week or so, but I wanted to take the time today to reflect on how far I’ve come, and celebrate my ultimate goal of returning to the bball court to play with my team.  Thanks to everyone on here and to my friends and family for your continued support.  Most of all, thanks to my amazing wife for taking care of me, encouraging me, cheering me on, and lovingly helping me get through one of the most humbling and challenging experiences of my life.

February 5th, 2016 at 1:01 am

6 Responses to “I Made it! 1 Year Update”

  1. beanie Says:

    Yay, congrats Skelonas! Awesome progress and so good to hear that you are doing so well! I love the new bball team name too … my head never really reconciled “grumpy” and “old” with the young, active and determined person who was writing this blog :)

  2. Manny Says:

    Awesome news and Achievements, Skelonas! It is an amazing comeback, but then again, you’ve worked hard for it.
    As for the Rocky Mountain Goats, I will refrain from making Rocky Mountain Oyster jokes! LOL
    Congratulations on the win in the court and in your life!
    And thank you for the honest post that makes us all focus on the future ahead.

  3. skelonas Says:

    Haha! Thanks so much for the kind words! Yes, I like the Rocky Mountain Goat team name better as well - pays homage to some age and experience, but implies strength and steadiness on your feet - which is my ultimate goal out there!

  4. edhdez Says:

    Happy Anniversary :-)

  5. cpo Says:

    Nice work, Skelonas! It’s good to see your progress as we’re on a similar timeline (ATR repair last March 17, so closing in on a year myself). I’ve returned to backpacking, hiking, running, and now go days without even thinking about it (I still think about it on the stairs, but that’s probably more from the neck up than from the ankle down).

    Thanks again for taking the time to post, and congrats on a successful recovery!

  6. skelonas Says:

    Thanks for the kind words Ed and cpo!

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