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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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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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I’ve just come in from a ‘walk’ – it was atcually a bit of an emotional moment. After six months (I was going to say ‘long months’ but I’m amazed how quickly it can go!) I went for a walk, OK so I still had two crutches for company, but it was the first walk where I used my achilles tendon.

I went to the physio today who made me walk to the gym in front of her so she could assess my walking. Right, some work to do on that, was the feedback. To put it in terms I understand I’m walking lob-sided, the effects of six months in casts, nothing I can do about it, I just need to ‘realign’ my center. So it was getting some weight through the bad leg and getting some stretch into the tendon to help it heel. It’s funny I have a bit of a mental block, but my way round it is to say to myself do what the physio tells you… so off I set shifting my hip over the bad leg, getting weight through the tendon, pushing off on my bad leg. OK so there was a little voice going ‘DON’T SNAP!’ but my physio is scarier. So she won!

I now have to practice walking, and I was told to do five minuets of ‘proper walking’ will be hard work… and it was! But already I can feel progress, every step makes you a bit more confident, OK, so every little niggle or odd new feeling in the leg takes some getting used to, but that keeps it ‘interesting’. I Went for a walk round the block tonight and concentrated on walking properly and it was a great feeling, getting thought the front door I found myself thinking back to the time they told me I had re-ruptured and s**t that felt standing in exactly the same spot. I feel for the first time I’ve come along way.

I was also allowed to go back to doing heel raises so two sets of 15 a day is the physios orderes.

As always I know I have to be careful and the hard work is probably just beginning but that’s OK, it’s been quite a ride getting to this point.

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One thing I’ve learned is I now look at the world slightly differently. For example if a pretty lady walks past me on the street, it’s not so much a case of ‘Look at the (insert lady part here) on that’… but more a case of ‘O nice intact achilles’

I’ve changed.

I walk (ish) past Gwyenth Paltrow the other day. Did I see her? No. I was looking at the pavement as I crutched my way along. Bugger.

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OK, so the cast is still on, but the crutch for the first time was left behind for a hobble into the outside world, I haven’t used my crutch around work or at home for a long time, but this first venture wasn’t too bad.

Pavements are still my enemy, I didn’t realize how uneven they are, so I’ll probably still take the crutch with me for longer journeys, but it was good to walk, albeit like RoboCop.

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That’s the new thing, along with single leg heel raises and a new colour of Thera-Band – black is the new light blue

Yes it was physio time again this morning, and all’s good. My physio seems happy, still no pain and a few new exercises to do. I tried my best to see if I could get out of the cast in two weeks time, but alas no, looks like I’m in for 3 to 4 more weeks, not great news but I’ve been in it so long now another couple of weeks won’t matter.

I can now go full weight bearing in my cast, which is good, although it’s not the most flexible so long distance might still need a crutch. Most of the time the spare hand will be…erm… handy.

Back again in a couple of week, and I have to bring both trainers, so that should be progress, I have a wedding to go to on the 12th July so I’m aiming to get into shoes for a least a few hours by then.

Once I’m into shoes I can start going to the gym in the hospital twice a week for six weeks to get the leg fully back in the game.

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