Another milestone: The Boot

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.


One Response to “Another milestone: The Boot”

  1. bostonbrother Says:

    One thing that I realized because of my ATR is that those hand rails in the handicapped stall in the bathroom are very helpful. I will think twice before jumping in and using one of those stalls ever again when I am healthy. The other day I stood there and waited for several minutes for a guy to get out who was perfectly healthy. I think you get a new perspective with this injury. Thankfully most of us will go on to live lives where these types of helps won’t be needed. It makes me feel grateful for my own health and gives me a lot more respect for those who are not as fortunate.

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