For many years I wondered why athletes that suffered major injuries weren’t always on the sideline. Well the past week I got a firsthand taste of what life is like with someone that suffered a major injury.
It was a little over a week ago when my wife and son were outside running around in the rain. My wife stopped, but my 10-year-old son didn’t see that she did and ran into her. That little bump caused my wife’s left Achilles tendon to rupture.
Now, live in a garden level apartment so there three steps going to the front door and there are around a dozen stairs to manage on the inside from the front entrance. After a week it’s clear that even one stair with someone on crutches is hard.
To get up the stairs from our house my wife has to sit and scoot up the stairs. From there she can lift herself up onto a wheelchair, but it’s very hard to do so. From there I can do the rest to get her to the car.
Going into the house is a much different story.
When we go inside I wheel her up to the first step from there I put the brakes on the wheelchair. Then she gets up, leans on one foot. Then she puts her left arm around me and hops up the stairs, which is repeated several times to get inside.
Now you may think that this story is done, but you would be wrong.
When we went to the doctors I fully expected to hear the doctor say that she will need surgery. That was far from the case, but not for good reasons.
The reason the doctor advised against surgery was the fact that the rupture was where the tendon and the calf muscle meet. That is a point on the Achilles where it narrows, so there isn’t much there to work with. If my wife were an athlete the doctor would have advised surgery, but the risk of rerputure would have been higher.
In the end, where a rupture occurred on the Achilles tendon is the upmost importance.