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Surviving with the "boot'...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Made it through the weekend with "the boot" -- actually I found it is much easier to maneuver around with it then I thought! Even though it is an air boot, I had assumed (incorrectly) that it would feel like a cement block, but I have adapted to it pretty easily, am able to get around stores, etc, and even mowed the back yard with our self-propelled mower on Saturday (with a couple of plastic bags tied around the bottom so that it would not get wet or grassy!).

Today I got to the Y and did all upper body exercises -- 10 minutes of cardio via "Fluid Upper Body Ergometer Machine" and then 30 minutes of strength training. Missed the elliptical and/or recumbent bike, but the fluid machine is a nice and varied cardio warm-up.

Tomorrow is going to be a little tricky, as my Y 8 lane pool is closed for annual maintenance this week, so I may have to take a chance and hope there is a lane in the 4 lane pool I can walk in (Dr told me to not swim, just pool walk). Normally the Y outside pool would be an option, but we are supposed to be getting storms tomorrow, so it'll all depend how things look when the pool opens at 12N tomorrow.

More to follow...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARCONIUS 8/19/2013 12:26PM

    Keep up the good work. Don't let anything keep you from you goals. I love the way you adapted and kept pushing ont.

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IUHRYTR 8/14/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon on remaining determined to find ways to exercise! -- Lou

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PAULOBRY 8/13/2013 7:49AM

    I believe the boot would have given me ample excuse to go to the couch. Hat's off to all of the tenacity you bring to the table.

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RUN4FOOD 8/12/2013 9:57PM

    Sounds like you are doing quite well. Walking in the pool should be good for you. Hope you can get to it.
Here's to a fast recovery.

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/12/2013 9:30PM

    I've heard that water exercise can be effective.

You definitely don't want to go in the outdoor pool if it's raining. You might get wet.

Ok, that was intentionally wise guy, so you can rant and throw things. I realize that when there's lightning in the area you have to stay out.

I hope you'll keep us up to date with your rehab. I find it interesting to learn how the docs do it the right way. There's a lot of misinformation that floats around.

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MOBYCARP 8/12/2013 9:08PM

    It's always a shock to find that something you thought of as not involving your lower body, really depends on your feet. You're adapting well; I hope you can keep your spirits up as you do workaround exercises until the Achilles tendon improves enough to let you do what you want to do.

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CHUBRUB3 8/12/2013 5:36PM

    Yeah! Your doing great Patrick! Keep up the awesome rehab.

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