It finally happened!
For a long time, it seemed like my rehab had kind of stalled out. I had good progress out of the crutches, and steady progress from balancing to calf raises, and then it was like treading water for like 2 months straight. Even though I assured myself that all the effort would pay off at some point, it’s frustrating to put in a ton of time and effort into something and get nothing in return!
This past week, however, a few things happened:
- Calf raises became inexplicably less painful to do. They still feel not great, but they don’t hurt like they used to.
- Limping started to go away.
- Swelling happens less and less
- More muscle pain, less acute pain. The pain is less stabby, and more … electricky (?). Like a bruise. AND …
- I got to swing a golf club!
Golf is my first major milestone, and this weekend, I got the OK to try the driving range. I was ecstatic, partly because the ankle felt pretty good – I was a little wary at first to really put all my weight onto it, but at the end I was pretty much going at it full boar – but also because I was hitting the ball surprisingly well! Straight, and up to a club longer! That was a bit shocking. In fact, it was harder walking to and from the range than it was to actually hit balls; the grass and slope of the land are quite hard on my ankle muscles. It’s crazy to think that in maybe 4 weeks, I could be back out on the golf course!
In addition, it seems like the leg in general is starting onto the next evolution of rehab. I can push it a little now, without the pain and intense fear of tearing it again. I still can’t walk QUITE right, and running is still a ways off, but for the first time in a while, I can see forward movement, and some light at the end of the tunnel. I am a bit conflicted about the end of this journey though, as I will miss PT when it’s all over; not only has it been a forced reminder to balance my personal life and work life, but I’ve also got to know my therapist and some of the techs well. They are a fun, happy, supportive group of people, and not getting to see them 3 times a week, 10 hours a week will be a difficult change.
I’ll update when I actually get to my milestone; until then, take care.