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One year ago today I fully ruptured my Achilles Tendon while playing volleyball. It was totally unexpected but one I heard that popping sound I knew I was in trouble. The conservative method was chosen which at this point I believe I am thankful for although sometimes I still question where would I be now if I did have the surgery.
I was in a splint for one week, followed by a cast for three weeks and finally I was put in "the boot" with five arches that were gradually taken out every couple of weeks. Four months later I was back in a running shoe and starting physio. Eventually I felt like I had my walk back. I am still going to physio once a week but that is because I want to make sure I will be able to play volleyball next season. I'm hoping to be able to wear sandals again this summer because I love my sandals. Going up on my tippy toe is still a challenge as well as coming down the stairs but I do know I have come a long way! Being an active person and not being able to be active was the toughest part of this adventure along with the mental game that comes along with it. Needing to reach out to others is not something I was use to but it sure was something that I needed.
There were a number of times that this blog helped me through some really low times and it reminded me that I was not alone. So in closing I want to thank everyone in this blog for your comments whether they were directed to me or someone they helped! Not that I would ever wish this on anyone but for those of you just starting out know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you too will get there. Hang in there!!
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