I elected to have the non surgical treatment instead of surgery mainly because of my lack of insurance and a surgical price tag that started at 10K for just the hospital costs. So a month of wearing the cast is given way to the boot and the gradual process of working towards the 2 matching shoe milestone.
As with all of the steps I have gone through so far, I am surprised how difficult each phase has been. But the positive development is a more realistic sense of myself, with the cloak of invincibility removed.
I have also banished a series of myths that have become part of me, and I don’t miss there presence in the slightest:
Didn’t think it would happen to someone like me, healthy and in relatively good shape! Myth Obliterated!
How difficult could it be to get around on crutches? Well after eating a few meals in the hallway not able to reach the couch. Myth Nuked!!
Too many handicapped parking spaces in parking lots!!!! Well either I lived in a state where a disproportionate number of people are handicapped, or I plain just didn’t know what the hell I was complaining about when I had two good legs. No myth just stupidity!
The next phase will be easier and I’ll be back to normal. For want of a more descriptive phrase: what the hell! Myth KO’d.
Now I am sporting the boot for the last 4 hours, can’t take a full unsupported step in the thing yet. But the overwhelming thrill of putting my foot down and partially supporting my body weight; well what can I say it really is the little things that we take for granting and only truly appreciate when we have lost them.
I hope some of this recent wisdom is transferrable to other aspects of my life that are non Achilles related!!!
Hoping you all have a swift and enlightening recovery.