First Day Back at Work

Went back to work yesterday for the first time since the accident: May 21. I am a teacher in a high school so lucky for me I had the summer to rehab, rehab, rehab!  My day began at 8:00 and ended at 5:00 in PT. My PT took one look at my leg and said, “You went back to work today didn’t you?”  :) To be honest, everything was fine (thank goodness for elevators!) but my ankle and leg really began to swell by the end of the day. I will be more conscientious about elevating my leg from now on. Yesterday was a trial run…

I am riding the stationary bike with the AchilloTrain brace and tennis shoes everyday for 30-40 minutes. It is FANTASTIC to sweat again and my leg feels GREAT afterwards. I am looking forward to resuming life on a real bike in a few weeks.

Recently, I heard from a former student / basketball player who played Division I ball.  I thought I would share some of her email thoughts to me below. Her rehab was very intense at the university and yet her story sounds like so many others…

 Sorry to hear about your Achilles…I know how painful that is… I tore mine my senior year at Fordham.  I had surgery on it right before basketball season.. so I redshirted the whole year.  It actually took me about 8-10 months to REALLY get back into playing…and it took me a WHOLE year to get it back to where I could play FULL SPEED again. I went for a 5th year at Fordham… but during that time I finished a Master’s degree in Communications/Media Studies.  Make sure you rehab it properly… that is key!!!!!!  Don’t short change the physical therapy!!!! The funny thing… my bad Achilles..the calf muscle is actually stronger than my right because of all the attention I focused on it during rehab.

Here’s to all of our tendons and calf muscles getting a little bit stronger everyday!

Happy continued healing everyone.

3 Responses to “First Day Back at Work”

  1. Wow, so after 2 months the foot still swells if you have it down or is it because you’re over-exerting? Thanks for the words of wisdom on the rehab. I keep telling my good Achilles foot not to laugh at the bad foot because if you don’t watch out it’ll be your turn :)

  2. Hey-

    My foot only swells when I do too much . Yes, I have found myself saying the same thing to my “good” Achillies. Good luck to you!

  3. Mine still swells also, but I sit in an office chair all day.
    I ice/elevate when I get home from work.
    Last night as I was putting away the peas, I thought to myself, while glaring at the peas, I’m never eating peas again. As if I thought they would hear me. LOL.
    This injury is making me question my mental stability.

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