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Today I hit the gym, well slightly tweaked it. Off for my first secession at the Hospital gym, twice a week for the next 6 to 8 weeks. A bit of out of breath static bike, followed by some out of breath trampet, followed by some out of breath cross trainer, out of breath weights and some off balance out of breath wobble board.

I have to say in the year (ish) since I was last in a gym my dislike has not vanished. But what can I do.

Even after one sesson I notice a bit of difference, and I know I have to do this last bit of physio properly, no point slacking now. O but how I want to.

By the way the gym I was in thankfully was the exact opposite of the pic.

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So this week I went back to the physio on Friday (my last vist with her which is a shame, she was a lot of help, but she’s moving back to Dublin so it will be all change) I am now booked into vist the gym in the hospital three time a week (I have to attend at least two a week). I will be working on my balance on a balance board, using the trampet, stationary bike and cross trainer. I still can’t get these damn blocks out of my shoes until I see the doc on February 8th though!

I’ve started back into pyhsio as of today and the last couple of days have been spent walking round London, something that I haven’t done in a loooong time! It was tough going, sore legs, sore feet and in the end, a sore hip from limping a little, but it was nice to get out and about.

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Well… I’ve been slacking not only on updates here, but a bit on my physio as well… but wait! I have a good excuse, I got married to my long suffering better half and went to Vietnam for my honeymoon. My leg is good, the limp is still there when I’m tired, but the progress is great. I still have two block in my shoes and I have to go back to physio on the 6th of January but everyday it seems a bit more normal, and I’m getting more and more confident. But still can’t run for a bus.

If anyone is still stopping by here, I hope your ATR’s are going well, look after yourself and a happy new year!

My big day – made if off crutches… JUST!

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After my physio visit yesterday I was told that I could loose the crutches… so after nearly 8 months I walked about with both hands free. It wasn’t as odd as I thought it would be, but it was ‘handy’ see what I did there. I’ll get my coat.

I did walk out today and grab some lunch and eat it walking back, just because I could. Yea so my foot is still stiff and walking up hill is slow going, but it’s amazing how quickly things start coming back.

Progress it would seem has arrived. I’ve still got a bit to do I know, and with a check up with the Doc and two physio appointments next week it will be busy. Then I’m away to get married for a month and when I get back it will be back to physio.

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Today was a physio day… not only did my physio do some tissue massage where I think she was trying to kill me, she put me on one crutch! It’s been a long time coming, and it’s slow going now it’s here, but it’s great to have a free hand. I’ve been walking round work and in the flat with out crutches, but I’m a good boy and they’ve been ever present outdoors. It’s only took me 7 months and 1 day to get ride of one of them.

It would seem now that I won’t get hydro therapy as there is a big back log, and I’m walking well without it, so I don’t need it. I’m now back for three more physio secessions in the next two weeks before I go off to get married for a month. Then when I get back to it. I’m sure in the ideal world I won’t have a month off, but apart from stretching my leg and tendon, using it seems to get the most done.

In the week since my last physio secession it’s amazing how far I’ve come, things are getting looser and at times I can walk with only a very small limp. There’s still loads to do… but I might just be getting somewhere… on one crutch.

Once again Kat at the Royal Free in Hampstead is top notch, great physio who fills you with confidence.

In other news I also drove my car for the first time in about 8 months. Nothing went snap. Bonus.

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It’s funny how quickly you get back to ‘normal’ OK I’m still on crutches going around, (and I look like something from the ministry of silly walks at times) but at work or in the flat they are hardly ever used, and it’s amazing me how much progress I can make between each vist to the physio.

I was in seeing the physio on Thursday, and she seemed very happy, still another 3 or so weeks on crutches but everything is improving and although my walking is far from perfect it’s getting so much better every day. Today was the first time I walked without thinking about walking, can’t remember what I was doing, but I made it from one end of the hall to the other before I knew it.

I’m booking into do some physio therapy in the pool in the next few weeks, and after that it will be 6 weeks of rehab 3 times a week. Of course I have a wedding and a honeymoon in December so full rehab will have to wait… but I feel good and I’m 5 weeks away from my wedding so that’s a lot of time to get more mobile.

I’m loosing the ‘fear’ that it’s going to snap again, of course it still could, but as long as my physio tells me what to do then I find no problem doing it. For me that really helped giving myself that rule.

So for now it’s carry on walking, conventrating on walking, stretching and getting it all moving again. There was a few days when it seemed like nothing much was happening, but now everyday feels better and better.

If you find this blog and you’re on the road to recovery I hope it’s all going well and look for the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s there somewhere!

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The first bit of this ATR that been a real bonus… the chocolate favoured protein shake.

I went in for a check up with my consultant today (which I think for him was atcually a chance for him to have five minuets off and have a chat as the hospital was manic) he had a quick feel of my tendon said it felt good, and then said I should try and get some extra protein, to aid building up the muscle on my calf, so off I went to the health food shop and got myself some chocolate flavoured protein shake. I’ve never had it before and it’s pretty darn tasty.

He said I’d done everything I could of possibly done, and there’s a still a chance it could go again, but then there’s a chance the other one could go, so I’m not going to worry about it. I have to go back and see him in six weeks for another check up, but until then it’s over to my physio which he works very closely with and is more than happy for her to take over. I’m back to physio on Friday morning, so see what happens then.

So with any luck my calf will look like the young lady (I think it’s a lady?) in the pic.

 

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