I am very pleased to say that my rehab has progressed significantly since the last instalment.
I feel like I am not doing our industry justice in saying it, but it feels amazing to be back doing “real exercise”. I am not understating the importance of the early phase but there is something about lifting heavy things that just makes you feel alive! That and I have been able to start jogging (a little bit) which has always been therapeutic to me so feels like another massive step (pun intended) in the right direction.
However, as a result of ramping up what I am doing, combined with some big days on my feet at work, unfortunately at times I have been getting a fair bit of pain right through the Achilles, around the ankle and down under my foot.
While I know that is very normal, it is still tough to be constantly in pain for days on end. And while I know better, as I have seen it overcome on so many occasions by the incredible people I have got to work with over the years, it still doesn’t stop the mental demons coming in of “what if it is like this forever” and “what if I can never get back to what I want to without pain”? Interestingly, the discussion of potentially going back to basketball has even come up quite recently and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought “but what if I am not capable of getting back to it” or “at what cost/level of pain”.
This led me to a discussion with some of my colleagues following an event at Deakin University last week. We were discussing that even though we do our best to sympathise with our patients, we can’t truly empathise unless we have lived it. There are times where no amount of knowledge seems to be able to overcome those thoughts that creep into your head. We even suggested that maybe the first year of any health professional’s degree should include “Significantly Traumatic Injury 101: Your experience of what your patients go through”. At the first class every student receives a traumatic injury that they then need to recover from (obviously kidding), because everyone of us that have been fortunate/unfortunate (depending on how you look at it) enough to have suffered a significant injury feel we are much better at what we do as a result.
So, on the plus side, I still have a heap of learning to go through!
Watching people stepping back to accelerate (how I did the injury) I still cringe/feel my Achilles. The idea of sprinting and jumping feels so far off, so to tick off those boxes I’m sure will be a surreal experience. Thinking back, It wasn’t so long ago, that I had my foot up on the couch in plaster having just had the surgery.
I am sure it will all go incredibly fast.