Back & Forth
Some events in life will leave gigantic imprints on the mind and heart, disabling you from ever being able to fully ignore them. But, as you journey on, you’ll dwell on those moments and realize that you saw them through. And that you’ll never be the same. Rather, you’ll be stronger. You ARE stronger. And now the day ahead is seen as a blessing. So, live it.
As per usual, I’ve been slacking with my entries, but today marks a rather important anniversary - ONE FLAPPIN’ YEAR since my achilles rupture surgery!!!!!!! It was even right around this time in the evening that they were re-attaching the tendon, so I thought it was only fitting to update you on my progress. I’ll do so in bulletpoint form in an effort to shorten this entry. The...
10 Months & 3 Days
Well… it’s a new year, and I’ve been making mental notes of new updates with respect to my progress. To put it simply, things are looking pretty good these days. I actually had a bit of a physio hiatus due to the holidays. My PT also doubled up his break by finally going on his honeymoon, so there was about a two and a half week period without physio for me (my last session was...
8 Months & 17 Days
Shame on me for not being more diligent with writing about my achilles progress. There have been countless times while driving, or when walking from my car to a building, where I think to myself - ‘I should really write another entry on my progress’… or, ‘mental note, in my next achilles entry I should mention ________’. Clearly, I’ve failed to do that. Until now. It’s been so long since my last...
Battle Scars & Tats
It was during my massage at Ste. Anne’s that I realized just how many battle scars/tattoos I have on my body: The masseuse started with my left leg - Achilles rupture surgery. Then my right leg - tattoo around my right ankle and an incision on my right knee due to an ACL replacement. Then my back - floral/script tattoo commemorating my mom. Then my right arm - tattoo around my...
Ste. Anne's BFF Talk
After waking up in the morning, and whilst still lying in bed: Me: *cough, cough, cough* VM: You ok? Me: Ya… VM: Then shut the f*ck up!!!! Me: [grabs a pillow and winds up to hit VM] VM: Nooooooo, I’m at the spa!!!! Both: *laughter ensues*
I figure that I’ll title all entries pertaining to my achilles recovery by week vs. day now. It’s hard to believe that all this time has gone by, and yet I’m still awhile away from where I’d like to be (I’m probably at a 70% - my strengthening is still in need of some major work). Similar to my other post surgery entries, I’m writing today because I appear to...
The Girl Who Cried Bike?
For years, and years, and years now, I’ve been telling my friend Vanessa that I’m going to get a bike. With the passing of each and every summer, I remained bike-less and earned the title of ‘the girl who cried bike’. Today I’m here to write about the fact that I can no longer hold that title! Physiotherapy is on-going, and with the inflammation/tendonitis in my achilles region finally settling...
154 Days Post Injury
It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my post surgery progress, and I have to be clear that this post is being written 154 post injury not surgery (like my other posts have been). I wanted to explicitly point that out because today also marks 5 months, to the day, that I endured the injury. Even further to, I find it ironic that I’ve hit a pretty significant milestone on an...
92 Days Post-Op
I haven’t written about my progress in quite some time, but I think my PT was right when he said I’d see a lot of progress in the first couple weeks of therapy, and then things will plateau, but pick up again once I get the boot off – which should hopefully be in TWO days! Since my last entry I’ve been given a number of additional exercises. I can do the majority of them from home, but with my...
65 Days Post-Op: On the 'Mill!
I just wanted to note that I used the treadmill today - twice! It wasn’t anything extravagant (my speed didn’t go above 1.0), but the fact that I was even able to use the treadmill at all, completely made my day! That and the fact that this morning, my brother said, ‘uh, dude, you’re walking is looking good, eh?’ I haven’t been wearing the boot around the house...
58 Days Post-Op
So today I had my fifth physio session. It’s kind of hard to believe that I’ve only had that many with the progress I’ve been making. Then again, other bloggers have said that you initially see a lot of progress, and then things seem to kind of slow down. But I suspect that my current state is largely due to the fact that I’ve been doing all of the home exercises...
53 Days Post-Op: Progress
I’ve now completed three physio sessions (in less than a week), and I’ve gotta say, I feel like I’m making some really good progress. Every physio session I’ve had (my third one was this morning) has my therapist adding to my repertoire of exercises After each physio session I feel slightly stronger and/or more stable in the ankle region I assumed that the first two...
47 Days Post-Op: Physio!!
I’ve only been cast free for two days, but now I also have one physio session under my belt. Again, some observations in bullet-point form from the last 48 hours: I had the best sleep last night. The thought of sleeping without any kind of brace on somewhat concerned me because I didn’t want my foot to yank, or get caught on anything in the middle of the night. I got over that...
45 Days Post-Op
I got out of the cast today!!!! Woot Woot!!!! It’s a little late for me to write out a whole blog entry, so I’ll jot down some bulletpoints instead (though I’m sure this will turn out to be rather lengthy anyways): After 4 weeks in cast #2, I had my follow-up at the fracture clinic today. I was scheduled to get my cast removed, and receive instructions for what to expect next....
As I lay in bed this morning I realized that today, and the next two days, are all days of significance. Sunday April 8th - One month mark from my Achilles tendon injury Monday April 9th - ‘End date’ for the weight loss goal I gave myself back in October Tuesday April 10 - One month mark from Achilles surgery, and 2 weeks remaining in my current cast With all of that being said,...
20 Days Post-Op
I actually decided to go into head office today. Earlier in the week a colleague offered to pick me up so that I could drop some things off. Plus, it was a good opportunity to touch base with other teammates over lunch. I decided to use the day as a test run for what I could and couldn’t do with my cast/crutches. It turns out that my limitations were somewhat worse than I’d...
Day 19 Post-Op
Just a few observations, now that I’ve had a couple of days to get used to this new cast. The fiberglass cast is waaaay lighter than the plaster cast/splint. At least two pounds lighter in fact (yes, I weighed myself pre and post cast removal/application). I know it doesn’t sound like much, but when you have something constantly wrapped around your leg, it’s noticeable The...