I ruptured my right achilles on 08/28/2019 while in downtown Nashville.

I was walking (at Amazon speed) toward my favorite street performer, The Broadway Street Rapper, to go do a little groove and tip him $5 like I always do when I see him.

Apparently the sidewalk was uneven and I misstepped and felt my right achilles pop. I knew exactly what it was when it happened because I did the same thing a couple of years ago and had to have surgery on my left leg back on 05/11/2016. You can read more about my process on my old blog about it.

Anyway, I don't plan on blogging about it this time. I blogged because I needed to work out the mental impact of not being independent or the fear of having to walk with a limp for the rest of my life. It took right at about 8 months before I could walk with no noticable limp.

This time I have a couple of other things that have made this time seem much better:

  1. My incredible girlfriend, Amelia Ward, took time off to help take care of me. She helped me mentally as well as taking care of me for pre-op and post-op. I can't seem to say thank you enough to her for her help.
  2. The surgery that I had previously was very invasive (Calf Recession) and had a painful recovery. This time my doctor, Dr. Robert Thompson, performed a newer form of the surgery called percutaneous Achilles repair system (PARS)

So far my recovery has been much less painful, though I will still be going through 2 weeks of No Weight Bearing (NWB) on my right leg. I should be able to start wearing a boot with about 10% weight bearing after my doctor's appointment on 09/13/2019.

From there, it will be about 8 to 10 weeks of slowly increasing weight bearing until I can wear a regular shoe with heal lifts in it.

Over all the time frame from surgery to walking in a shoe is about 8 weeks, followed by months of limping and physical therapy. It will probabbly be close to Febuary of 2020 before I can walk without a limp again.