There are “No Excuses” even when you fall (A story of the ruptured Achilles tendon) pt. 2

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Two weeks ago I shared with you about my fall down the stairs and how I ruptured my Achilles Tendon. Today I finally saw the orthopedic surgeon and got the bad news. Here is the continued story.

I was suppose to get in to see orthopedic surgeon within the first week of my fall to get the healing process started and not prolonged. However something got messed up and my referral didn’t go through and I had to spend last Monday making calls and visiting doctors in order for me to get the referral in. The soonest the doctor could see me was today (almost 2 weeks after I fell). I kept hoping he would take the splint/cast off and tell me there was nothing wrong with my foot. I knew from the pain I’m still having that there was something wrong, but I kept hoping.
They took the cast off and I was surprised by a nicely bruised heel. I knew even before her came to talk to me it wasn’t going to be good news.

The surgeon came and started touching around on my leg and foot. I tried to be strong but it hurt really badly and I was whimpering the whole time. He squeezed my calf, what he was looking for was a response in my foot, but there was nothing. He squeezed around on my ankle (tons of pain there) and he couldn’t get a response with that either. He then told me what I didn’t want to hear, you have completely ruptured your tendon. You will need an air boot with a lift inside for the next 2 weeks (no taking it off, no weight-baring) and then see a physio therapist. I won’t be walking on my foot for 12 weeks and it will be 6 months before I can walk properly… Then came more bad news, I won’t be allowed to run for a year!! Heart breaking.
I met with my physio therapist to get fitted for my boot and he gave me the same bad news. They are both really nice doctors though and I’m glad I have them. The physio therapist specializes in this type of injury and works with athletes a lot. I know I’m in the right hands with them. And with my determination I know I will have a full and complete healing.

Does this mean I’m not going to work out? HECK NO!! When I preach “no excuses” I MEAN “no excuses”! I may not be able to run, ride a bike, go on walks, do workout videos. But I can be doing things. I will be doing weights that I can do sitting down (safely). I’m also looking into getting a “hand bike” on that you can sit at the table and use your hands to pedal to get my cardio in. I haven’t done much in these past two weeks. My arms are getting use to being part of my legs, in fact I can feel my arms are getting stronger. And I feel I’ve been getting a workout figuring out how move around with the crutches. I think in the next week I’ll be ready to start making up a work out program for me to do. I’m sad to have to change things up from what I love but I’m also excited to start this new adventure.

Thank you again for all your love and support. Your kind messages mean a lot to me.
I’m still a bit behind on getting my reviews up. It’s getting there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get off the pain meds soon so my mind can think clearer to write more often.