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Post Achilles Surgery Week 3 – I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

RunEatRalph

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This week’s title inspiration is too easy. I think there’s more than one right answer as to where it comes from.

After last week’s post, I wasn’t sure I was going to write about my progress every week. I didn’t think I’d have enough to write about. I wasn’t sure how motivated I’d be either. This Achilles recovery is a lot like a marathon itself. If I start thinking about how many weeks I have to go, it’s going to take forever. I have to take it one week at a time. I have to set little goals and find little things to be excited about.

This week there has been some progress and with that some pain. The first part of my recovery involves keeping the tendon stabilized in a boot. The tendon is kept in short a position as possible and this is done by using heel inserts in my boot to raise my heel up around 4-5 inches. Each week, 1/4 of the insert is removed and this allows the tendon to slowly stretch out. That’s where the pain comes in…

I took out the first part of the insert on Wednesday night. Prior to that, I was walking around fairly pain-free and taking Ibuprofen. That night, I needed the Percocet to get to sleep. I woke up about 4 hours later, exactly when the first pill wore off. I needed another one right away. That was the case for the first couple of nights. It’s better now, but next Wednesday is coming. I’m actually happy about this pain because it means I’m getting one step closer to getting to work on rehab.

Now for the good parts:

I walked a mile! This doesn’t sound like much, but walking a mile in my hilly neighborhood on crutches is no small feat. It was so awesome to post that to Strava.

img_3186.jpg?w=525Not even the coldest cold could stop me.

I went to the gym! I can use most of the weight lifting machines and I found the only machine that I can use for cardio…the arm bike! I used that thing for 30 minutes. My arms are going to mutate after all is said and done. I promised some before and after pics, so that we can see the changes. I’ll probably cheat and use some spray tan.

I’m a pro on crutches now! I was like Bambi on ice when I first had to use them, but now I’d race anybody.

I have some great people in my life. My family (especially my wife) are taking good care of me. They get me things and are understanding of the things that I can’t do. They aren’t letting me be TOO helpless and are challenging me to make progress. My co-workers drive me to and from work, come down to visit me, get my coffee and drink coffee with me when I can’t go to the usual hang out spot. My running friends make time to have coffee with me on Sunday mornings and even pick me up and take me home. I’m really blessed to have so many great people.

img_3182.jpg?w=525A custom 1st floor office. I wear what I want now too.

Then there’s the online running community. It’s amazing to feel so close to so many people that I’ve never met. The encouragement is amazing. I’m not sure what I’d do without you crazy people.
For next week, one more insert is coming out. I plan to go to the gym all week long. I’m gonna hit that armbike hard. For now, I’ve gotta go grease up my biceps to get ready for that photo op.

Image result for hulk hoganEat your vitamins and say your prayers, Brother.
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keep up the good work and keep the marathon mindset - stay in the mile you're in. And eat your vitamins.

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My weight loss and your recovery are on similar paths at similar speeds.  I hope we're both running smoothly in the fall!  Great attitude and I'm happy you have such a great support network!

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Yes, absolutely keep us updated on your recovery. Hope it continues to go fairly well! Good luck with the extra stretch!

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2 hours ago, TreeGirl said:

My weight loss and your recovery are on similar paths at similar speeds.  I hope we're both running smoothly in the fall!  Great attitude and I'm happy you have such a great support network!

My weight loss as well. Lol May we all reach our goals!

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What happened that you had to have surgery? I must have missed that somewhere... 

When my husband passed away everyone said to take it one day at a time. I totally didn't get it then but now I understand. It's been really helpful to use that technique with so much other stuff in life. 

Can't wait to see those biceps!

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I've never had an injury that forced me to use that arm bike ... but whenever I see someone on it, I'm super impressed. You've got to really want it to sit there and pedal that thing for more than 90 seconds. I'm also impressed with a one mile walk on crutches. In snow. You are seriously motivated. Way to go.  

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11 hours ago, Riggers said:

What happened that you had to have surgery? I must have missed that somewhere... 

When my husband passed away everyone said to take it one day at a time. I totally didn't get it then but now I understand. It's been really helpful to use that technique with so much other stuff in life. 

Can't wait to see those biceps!

I ruptured my Achilles’ tendon in a basketball game last month. I’m slowly working my way back. 

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Glad things are progressing and you have such a good support network. You should watch Pumping Iron before your photo shoot to brush up on posing techniques. 

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8 hours ago, Slow_Running said:

So you're wearing a high heel boot?  :D  Glad to hear things are progressing.  

Yep. I need a size 12.5 high heeled shoe to match. 

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